That way, he reminds you more of Aamir Khan until, thankfully, Kiran Rao happened to him. I can't walk out of a marriage with tears in my eyes. Now whether those movies were good/bad is subjective. Bombay Velvet was a film I loved on paper; it was a film that I would stand by. And it was the same instinct that made me sign on Besharam and Anjaana Anjaani. I am going to have lots of failures in my life; hopefully I'll have some successes too. As for the star-actor issue, or trying to become a star while remaining an actor, I think you just have to become capable at your job. If you're honest, a good person, and your intentions are correct, you will become a star. As long as people don't judge me for what's written about.
And, as Ranbir admits it himself, he's certainly nothing like Rishi Kapoor, his wildly exuberant father! I didn't know how to understand and deal with failures. Also, somewhere I was working with the same filmmakers — Imtiaz (Rockstar, Tamasha), Ayan (Wake Up Sid, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani), Karan (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) — because they had stories to tell, that I wanted to be a part of. I can't pursue an ambition, be selfish, and have a girl make me realise what my true dreams are, so I can come back to her! All that the film industry cares about is if you're the star, then your poster must guarantee bums on seats in the first weekend. You can't really concentrate on 'ki mein star kaise banoonga', and begin to design things around it; I don't think that works out well for anybody. Having come back home after an under-grad course in direction (from the US), I was around 20, a star-kid, getting attention from a lot of directors willing to work with me. My father asked me if I might want to go back to the US and do something for a year. In a practical form, yes (it helps) that you're working with other actors, doing scenes, and so you're putting it (the craft) into a method. I never had a PR person because I really don't know how to play the game.
I didn't know if the choices (I was making) were wrong. So you're at that crossroad where you don't know what's happening, in terms of having control over your life. Fortunately, the medium I'm in, films — which I love the most — changes me a lot, from phase-to-phase. To be honest, Besharam opened to R21 crore on Day 1. And even Roy, for whatever it's worth, opened to R11 crore. I went to the Lee Strasberg Institute for nine months, to learn the 'method' (style/school of acting). But the Strasberg or Stanislavsky 'method' (acting) itself is not something I buy. But being alone is something I also enjoy very much. But I've also understood that this is how show-business and media operate. If I knew how to market myself, I definitely would.
And I think that phase is really important — the confusion, turmoil, or to be stuck between 'what if' and 'f*** it'. Whether it's the experience of (making) a film; or how inspired and excited I am (during the process). You'd also mentioned that you were tired of seeing yourself on screen. As an actor, you have to develop your own method — if you're intelligent, have had good exposure in life, and can surrender to a moment, or material. (Laughs) It's acting, and you have (an actual) sense of it, it always helps, and might seem truer. We worked really hard at it, doing four months of prosthetic (make-up) trials, lots of disappointments, thinking that it's not going to work out. It's a daunting task to play someone like Sanjay Dutt, who everybody knows anyway. You're acting like him, and the director calls cut, you look up, and suddenly there's Sanjay Dutt actually sitting behind the monitor! Every time I'd see him, I'd start observing him like a hawk — the way he scratches his beard, twitches his eye, drinks water, hugs… But that obsession is necessary for acting, or any form of art — that madness to get something right. There are varying degrees of what you expect (from a person). I don't mind travelling, having breakfast, lunch, dinner, alone. The media made me a star even before I deserved it. I've dated actresses, so there'll be some interest over where you had dinner, or went on a holiday. I don't know how to be exciting; apart from the parts I play. I have a brilliant idea, which I've been sharing with my director friends, and others who're close.
Ranbir came out in support of Mahira, but since then the duo have stayed low.
Ranbir Kapoor- Mahira Khan's viral pictures from New York have set several tongues wagging and taken the internet by storm.
While everyone's guessing what's brewing between the two stars, here's how Rishi Kapoor reacted when a leading daily (Hindustan Times) asked him about those pictures...
And we don't mean it in the same way as many refer to Rahul Gandhi as a reluctant politician. The day it gets a little easy, I might get contented.
A 24x7 actor, and in the case of Jagga Jasoos, a producer, Ranbir is very much out there — taking calls, doing interviews, on-camera, off-camera, through the evening, at Bandra's Mehboob studio, where we meet. In my career, what's always paid off have been the risks. I'm not here to prove to people that I'm a great actor, and that I only get great reviews, and awards. Speaking of distinction between star and actor, you have attempted to bridge the two.