Surpassing all his talented seniors in Bollywood, and creating his own space was quite a journey for Ranbir Kapoor. He entered Bollywood at a time when the Shehanshahs and the Badshaahs were ruling in full bloom. And he was just another ordinary star kid, with a huge family name and nothing else to his credit. After his first film Saawariya getting terribly bombed at box office in 2007, the audiences had almost written him off. The film’s gloom gave him little scope to prove his worth. But he has dincerely managed to come over it and this new generation kid from the Kapoor Khandaan has managed to live up to his family’s legacy ever since.
Ranbir was first noticed for his role as Siddharth Mehra in Ayan Mukherji’s Wake Up Sid opposite the very talented Konkona Sen Sharma, where he played an aimless young guy trying to figure out life’s direction. The film was fresh and vivacious, serenely romantic and a perfect blend of artistic beauty with a tint of life. He was finally established as the official future of Bollywood and the next BIG thing. His portrayal was childlike and he successfully held himself in the skin of the character.
Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year was an earnest film which won hearts of many critics. He performed with an infectious excitement and mirth that shows his passion for work and his pleasure of doing films.
Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti was crucial in shaping his career. He came out of his boyish charming roles and acquired a more serious stance. The film was a blockbuster and his role was pivotal to the film. He plays his role to shrewd perfection, retaining his sensitive side strongly and maintaining the myriad shades of grey in his character. He perfected the art of minimalism and his eyes spoke more than his dialogues, the pain, the anguish and it all.
Imitiaz Ali’s Rockstar was a musical drama which won him Two Filmfares at the 57th Filmfare Awards. The movie was a saga of passion and romance of a musician, conveying the pain of lovers who are estranged, bound in the shackles of society’s rules. The film belonged to Ranbir and he had earned it to his credit giving an enthralling and riveting performance.
Anurag Basu’s Barfi! is the new hit in his kitty. The movie is sweet romantic comedy inspired vastly by Charlie Chaplin’s genre of silent humor. The film was loved by critics and audience. Though there are a few negative reviews on the film, any viewer would love watching for its sheer magical beauty.
Ranbir is doing better than best at the work front. 2013 will see him opposite his ex, Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. Their relationship was constantly under media scrutiny and so was their break up; and hence there is a great deal of hype surrounding the film. He will also be seen in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet opposite Anushka Sharma.
Ranbir Kapoor is gradually building himself as the Next Superstar of Bollywood. His acting and his choice of roles never fail to pleasantly surprise the audience. Hence it is always a treat to watch him on screen. His recent success at films has proved his ease at acting, his passion for his work, his versatility and his hard work mostly, which reflects in his films. He deserves every bit of victory cake he has been gorging on lately.
Our team at Koimoi wishes Ranbir Kapoor, a very Happy 30th Birthday. May his work get more polished and his fan following multiply in the years to come. Leave your birthday wishes for Ranbir right here in your comments.