The current heartthrob of Bollywood is none other than the little starlet from the Kapoor Khandaan. Ranbir Kapoor has finished 5 years of glory, fame, highs and lows in Bollywood and in his words; the journey has been wonderfully spectacular. Ranbir’s debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ambitious project Saawariya was notable. The actor did manage to leave a significant mark despite the film bombing badly at the box office.
This was just the beginning for the little Kapoor lad. The earlier part of his career was rough for him. His films failed to impress people, critics were rather harsh on him but there was no stopping Ranbir from his quest towards better work. Initially he tried his hand at all kinds of roles, lover boy Casanova to local rowdy humorous guy, he did them all. Nothing really impressed the audiences till Wake Up Sid happened. The movie was potentially a pleasant turning point in his career. Starring opposite the very talented Konkona Sen Sharma, in the role of an aimless, spoilt yet sensitive guy looking for his passion for life, Ranbir did an excellent job at playing Siddharth Mehra. The film established Ranbir’s formerly eroded image as a good actor.
Ranbir went on to star in a number of fabulous films, working at his versatility. Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti was another important film for him where he managed to substantially stand out as an actor despite the presence of more seasoned and experienced actors. His role as Samar Pratap did manage to dampen the presence of other actors like Arjun Rampal, Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpai and mostly Nana Patekar. It takes a lot of credit for a rather inexperienced and naïve actor to overshadow his seniors and impress the critics amongst a loaded multi-star cast film.
Films like Rocket Singh improved his credibility as an actor and he surpassed his colleagues and even seniors in terms of good work. His fan following increased and his work improved manifolds. His role as Jordan in Rockstar was the star performance from him. Critics and audiences both loved his work winning him the Filmfare Best Actor Award in both the Critics and Popular category. Ranbir’s work was appreciated for his impeccable ease and natural talent at depicting Jordan’s pain and bringing alive on screen his passion for his lover. The performance was ‘riveting’ to say the least. The film alone belonged to Ranbir and Rahman who made Rockstar an unforgettable experience.
The newest feather on the lad’s cap is his latest flick Barfi directed by Anurag Basu where he was seen opposite Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’ Cruz. The film was well received by audiences and critics and Barfi boy became the official mascot of Bollywood at Oscars this year. The film got selected as India’s official Entry to the Academy Awards for the Best Film in Foreign Language category this year and it also marks the completion of five years of Bollywood for Ranbir Kapoor.
The adoration and accolades showered on Ranbir is well deserved, every bit of it. His journey as an actor has evolved after a lot of grinding in his initial days and there has been a marked improvement in the quality of his work. Ranbir perhaps is one of the fewest actors in Bollywood who does a film more for the character and the plot and less for the fame bit of it. His zest to do better reflects from his enthusiasm to perform better roles, act in better film and portray more exciting characters. KoiMoi takes a cue to congratulate Ranbir Kapoor on his wonderful journey so far and sincerely hope that in future his work just acquire greater finesse over time!