Monday, July 18, 2011

Ranbir Kapoor

Name : Ranbir Kapoor
Full Name: Ranbir Rishi Kapoor
DOB: 28 September 1982
High School: Bombay Scottish
College: Le Strasberg Institute
Fav. Sports: Cricket, Soccer and Chess
Parents: Neetu and Rishi Kapoor
Siblings: Riddhima Kapoor
Favorite Actor: Rishi Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna
Favorite Actress: Kajol
Favorite Movie: Shree 420, Life is Beautiful
Book: Songs My Mother Taught Me by Marlon Brando.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
Cuisine: Italian, Chinese and ghar ka khaana
Ranbir Kapoor Wallpaper
Early life
Ranbir Kapoor is from a family of Hindu Punjabi origin, the son of actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh; his sister is Riddhima Kapoor Sahni. He is the grandson of actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor, great-nephew of actors and filmmakers, Shashi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, great grandson of Prithviraj Kapoor and nephew of actor Randhir Kapoor. Other notable family members include his cousins Karishma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Nikhil Nanda. As a child, Kapoor studied at Bombay Scottish School in Mahim, Mumbai and went on to pursue method acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.
Ranbir Kapoor Wear Sunglasses
Before starting off his career as an actor, Kapoor worked as an assistant with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, where he was involved in the making of the film Black (2005).Kapoor later made his acting debut in November 2007 with Bhansali's Saawariya opposite newcomer Sonam Kapoor. The film failed to do well at the box office,though his performance was largely appreciated. Kapoor was then seen in Siddharth Anand's romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) alongside Bipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba and Deepika Padukone. The film performed reasonably well at the box office.
Kapoor's first release of 2009 was Ayan Mukerji's Wake Up Sid, in which he portrayed the character of Siddharth Mehra, a spoiled and self-centered college student from Mumbai. Featured opposite Konkona Sen Sharma, the film was a critical and commercial success, and Kapoor earned several nominations for Best Actor at various award ceremonies. He next starred alongside Katrina Kaif in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, which surfaced as one of the biggest hits of the year.Following this, Kapoor appeared in Shimit Amin's drama Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. Upon release, the film received positive reviews by critics but failed to do well.Kapoor's performance was critically acclaimed, with one critic writing, "Ranbir brings to his part a whole lot of earnestness and heart. His natural and utterly contagious exuberance so much on display in his last two films Wake Up Sid and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is effortlessly curbed here."
In 2010, he appeared in Prakash Jha's multi-starrer blockbuster Rajneeti. Kapoor recently appeared in Siddharth Anand's Anjaana Anjaani alongside Priyanka Chopra. His forthcoming project includes Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar with newcomer Nargis Fakhri
*With your debut Saawariya just round the corner what's your state of mind?
I've gone through a see-saw of emotions right from excitement to nervousness to fright. Right now, I'm completely blank and emotionless, which is a good thing otherwise my nerves would have cracked by now

*Did you always want to act?

I always wanted to do something related to films. For a long time, I was debating between acting and direction. However slowly and gradually the feeling crept in that I want to act.

*So whom did you tell first: mom or dad?
I don't think I ever really told anyone. Everyone sort of expected it. It came out during a routine conversation at the dinner table. When I told them, both my parents said, "We always knew that." So I never really had to tell them.

*And how did you go about preparing to become a Hindi film hero?
Well, I went through the mandatory diction, dance and horse riding classes. I also did a two-year course at the School of Visual Arts in New York and studied acting at the Lee Strasborg Film Institute. Then I came home and assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Black.

*But at the back of your mind you wanted Bhansali to cast you in his next film?

(Laughs) Well that thought was there at the back of my mind. I've always been a Bhansali fan. When I was studying in America, I got a few acting offers but I always harboured the dream of working with Bhansali. So I flew back home, made a resume and went to his office to apply for the post of an assistant director for Black. Of course I was hoping he'd see me and tell me that he wants to cast me in a film. And believe it or not but when he met me, the very first thing he told me was that he sees an actor in me. Destiny stepped in at the right time, I guess.

*Are all those stories of Bhansali being a tyrant on the sets, true?
It's all made up. It's true that he is a genius and a perfectionist. It's also true that he expects the same level of passion and perfectionism from his team. Films come before his life. So he wants to make sure whatever he is doing is the best he can do. He never shouts without a reason.

*So you admit he shouted at you?
Oh yes, plenty of time. And I'm very grateful to him for that since today whatever I know about acting is because of him. He's truly my mentor. We spend a lot of time together, go out for dinners and films and every time I learn something from him.

*From what we can see in the promos, you dance well. Did the jazz and ballet training came in handy?
It's true that I've been trained in jazz and ballet but I didn't really perfect the dance forms. I'm really not a good dancer. If you like what you see then the credit should go to Mr. Bhansali because he's a genius in shooting songs.

*Which actor do you think dances the best?
My dad (Rishi Kapoor) and Hrithik Roshan.

*Speaking of your dad, which is your favourite Rishi Kapoor film?

Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai.

*And your favourite Raj Kapoor film?
Shree 420.

*Is it true you were very scared of your dad when you were growing up?
Yes I was quite petrified of him. He was very strict about a few things, like he used to insist that I eat green vegetables. I didn't really get to know him when I was growing up because he was very busy. But once I started assisting him during Aa Ab Laut Chalen , we really bonded well. Every night after pack-up he would take me to fancy restaurants. He's quite adventurous in checking out new cuisines and that's something he has instilled in me.

*What's your co-star Sonam Kapoor like?
I've known her since we were kids. Her grandfather and my grandfather were friends, our parents are friends so we ended up being friends by default. I never imagined that we'll make a debut together but I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful and loving co-star than Sonam. There is nothing materialistic about her. Sonam is all heart.

*Was it awkward to work with Salman Khan in Saawariya especially since you had a famous brawl with him a few years back?
There is no truth to that story. I love Salman to death. He treats me like a younger brother. The whole incident is hogwash. I never got a chance to give my side of the story. The fact is that Salman and I never fought.

*Have you prepared yourself for the intense media scrutiny that an actor's life involves?
Well it's not something that comes easy. It hurts when people write lies about you. But my mom (Neetu Singh) has been very supportive. She always tells me to keep a cool head. I guess, eventually I'll get used to it.

*So what's the status with you and Deepika Padukone?
I knew her as a friend, that's all.

*You used the past tense, are you guys no longer friends?
We're not in touch these days. I guess she's busy promoting Om Shanti Om while I'm busy with Saawariya.

Ranbir Kapoor

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