Ranveer Singh was like a breath of fresh air to the Hindi film industry when he made his debut as Bittoo Sharma in Band Baaja Baaraat. In just 8 years he has cemented his position as one of the hottest and most selling stars around, and has also made it clear that he is here to stay.

Action, dance, comedy, acting, indeed he is an all rounder. Today, 6th July, on his birthday, lets go on a trivia journey of his top movies.

Bittoo Sharma to Kapil Dev ?? Happy Birthday Ranveer Singh
Happy Birthday Ranveer Singh: From Bittoo Sharma To Kapil Dev!

Band Baaja Baaraat

Ranveer’s costar was Anushka Sharma for whom this was her 3rd Yash Raj film in a row, as per the contract she signed for her debut film opposite SRK, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Badmaash Company. The song Ainvayi Ainvayi caught the imagination of the audience and it was clear that a top star with x factor had arrived. To his credit, Ranveer, a typical Mumbai boy otherwise, worked hard, including taking acting classes and spending time in Delhi University to ensure he fitted the part of a Delhi boy, as per the demands of the script. The movie impressed Sanjay Leela Bhansali who signed him for Goliyon ki Raasleela: Ram Leela.

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl

This too was a Yash Raj movie directed by Band Baaja Baaraat director Maneesh Sharma. Based on Jeffrey Archer’s Not a penny more, not a penny less, this small budget movie of less than 20 crores grossed 84 crores and established Ranveer, Anushka and Parineeta as stars.

Lootera

Ranveer’s third movie, with Sonakshi Sinha did not do well commercially but got him tremendous critical acclaim.

Goliyon ki Raasleela: Ram Leela

Ranveer’s opening scene in the song “Tattad tattad’ showcased his star power in just his 4th movie. The movie, based on Romeo Juliet starred Ranveer as Romeo and Deepika as Juliet. A big budget movie of 88 crores, it collected 110 crores to be a super hit. Ranveer Singh worked out like crazy to get the chiseled look required for the movie, and later revealed that in an entire year he worked out both in the morning and the evening, stayed on a strict diet and had alcohol only once or twice-in the entire year. Ranveer plays a Gujarati boy, and Bhansali later said that he is a Gujarati by hear and wanted this movie to be a tribute to Gujarat.

Bajirao Mastani

For this movie, Ranveer locked himself up in a hotel room for 3 weeks as he wanted to make the audience feel they are watching a Maratha warrior instead of watching Ranveer Singh. His full concentration was on training for physical training and taking classes on accent and diction. This too was a dream project for Bhansali and Ranveer did full justice to his assigned role and even picked up a Filmfare best actor award.

Padmavaat

This too was a Sanjay Leela Bhansali creation. Ranveer played Alauddin Khilji and his role was very much appreciated. He once again worked out to justify his role, and was on an energy rich diet sans sugar, while working out twice a day to transform from lean and sporty looks to what he himself says “macho-esqe bulky”. The movie was a blockbuster hit.

Ranveer has many exciting projects which I am sure will maintain his status as a top star. The one i am most excited about is a proposed biopic on Kapil Dev and the 1983 world cup win.

Happy birthday dear Ranveer.

Ritesh Misra is an IRS officer currently based in Mumbai. He blogs & tweets @riteshmisra.

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