Shunning away the Indian critics and bombarding the box office tables with huge magical number, this young Gen Y actor had created ripples around with the way he was all set to accomplish many goals right at the onset of his career. Hardly a five-six tenure has it been in Bollydom but Ranbir Kapoor has definitely turned out to the new true blue It Guy of Bollywood. While 2011 and 2012 saw him carving out some crafty performances as a Rockstar and Barfi, the year 2013 was all set to benefit him commercially. Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar somehow brought in the brilliant actor to the fore as our Ranbir paved way to win millions of hearts and a flurry of awards despite being pitted against stalwarts of the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and even Amitabh Bachchan. The only young gun to have managed this almost unachievable feat, Ranbir stands out as the latest threat to the Khan-daan as his films have miraculously traversed across all boundaries cashing in on his star persona and earning him the superhit Superstar tag.
Right at the end of the 2000s, Karan Johar decided to make an eventful debut into Hindi film direction with a film that had almost reinforced the feelings of togetherness and reinvented the dimensions of Friendship. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, as they say is history. Ever since then, there have been a lot of other mushy romances, bromances and friendship sagas that have failed to catch up to the monumental heights of this oh-so-adorable teen flick. A rom-com by nature, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai seemed to be the perfect film on Friendship, even after 15 years of its release until KJo decided to plant another bomb that would quirkily revolutionize new age friendship in total modern andaaz. Cut to 2013 and the most refreshing film maker of our times, Ayan Mukherji was hired to sculpt out an energetic and extremely vivacious story about four friends and their untold tale of friendship that would just be the new age KKHH for the cine-goers. Karan’s idea blossomed into full throttle as Ranbir did all the badtameezi and had all the fun while his film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani outshone almost every other film of the year till date. With no social entanglements and insane messages involved, YJHD captivated audience minds with some effortless acting, picturesque sequences and dollops of love and friendship concocted to produce one of the best cocktails of all times. With a meager budget, YJHD became India’s biggest blockbuster for 2013, few weeks post its release until a Chennai Express expressed its way to super speed and cashed in on its entertainment quotient. Cashing in over 190 crores at the box office front, YJHD did exceedingly well in overseas market too. All thanks to the newest heavyweight name in the A league: Ranbir Kapoor!
Fitting into Shah Rukh’s shoes and taking the new age KKHH alias YJHD team with his total SRK-ish mode was not a cake walk but with immense dedication and perseverance, this young Kapoor boy made hell break loose. And while Barfi and Rockstar developed Ranbir as the potential and powerful Actor, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani stands as the testimony of the towering stardom and euphoria that surmounted this new age sensation to escalate into the new Indian Superstar joining the likes ofBig B, SRK, Salman, Aamir, Akshay and the others. But as one would have anticipated, the new crowned prince of Bolly ville definitely matched up to the king in terms of popularity and performance, but when it comes to being the next Dabangg Khan, Ranbir fell terribly flat on the face.
After his Badtameezi earned him rave reviews and oo-la-la moolah, Ranbir decided to go a trip down the Salman way, donning an innately Besharam character, one that was called Babli! As nasty as it gets, Besharam was a flawed tale of nonsensical gibberish-ness with the director, aka Abhinav Kashyap, the man who was instrumental in shaping out the illustrious career graph of Salman, failing to match upto the sky rocketing expectations. With the trailers, the songs and the promos of Besharam having very little effect on the audiences, even a 5 seconds show of Ranbir’s butt cleavage was not enough salvaging for his fans to crowd up the theatres. And after Besharam failing disastrously on the BO front,with the film losing its grip right after the very first day, Ranbir’s new found stardom is definitely a stake. Besharam’s failure definitely takes us back to where we have always stood: In Bollywod, it’s the Khans that sell the most. Stealing away thunder from our Dabangg hero was not just difficult but next to impossible. His mannerisms, his believable caricatures and instant maneuvers is definitely an individual trademark and when our bechara Ranbir tried to do all the chherkhani and badmaashi and the Besharami, he just could not live upto his own set standards. While he easily robbed us of our hearts with his SRK-ish avatar, somehow Ranbir couldn’t just decipher the true essence of being Salman Khan and bruised himself badly on the battle ground. Nevertheless, there has been one arena where Ranbir has powered up against the mighty Salman Khan and that territory is called Katrina Kaif. Salman’s ex beau Katrina and his new found frenemy Ranbir have been seen romancing on several occasions and they grabbed headlines few months back when they were photographed during a private holiday.
Ranbir, who made waves with his enthralling performances and his superstar aura, is definitely looking forward to battling against our Bodyguard and coming out triumphant the next time round. Only if he had to think less about Katrina and the ladkibaazi and more about his projects! After all, stardom aise thori na aayegi beta.
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