Posts tagged Ranbir Kapoor
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 13, 2013)
Imtiaz Ali, 41, knows that while he is perceived as a sorted and intelligent person, he is socially awkward and grapples with his complexities and immaturities. He is extremely proud of his upbringing and has no confusion in his mind that he would not be here today, if not for the kindness of Sunny Deol, who gave him his first break as a director. Bombay Times caught up with him while shooting Sajid Nadiadwala’s upcoming film Highway that, coincidentally, was the first film he had written in his life. He talks to us about his complexed childhood, his special relationship with Ranbir Kapoor and how he has been made due to accidents and failures. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood? I was born in Jamshedpur. My father did irrigation jobs and I would sometimes accompany him and that gave me a taste of what was going on in the innards of India. Since he was in a transferable job, we stayed in Patna for many years and that became an influential factor in my life. I was extremely introverted, nervous and largely an underachiever. I was good at neither studies nor sports and would lie a lot. I was complexed and awkward that I was good for nothing and was always lying. I would lie to my school friends that I was a stud in my colony and to my colony friends that I was a stud in school cricket and football teams, though I was in no team. I was trying to show myself as a bigger person than what I actually was. In class IX, I came back More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 13, 2013)
Madhuri Dixit has done an item number in the upcoming film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with Ranbir Kapoor. Over a decade ago, Madhuri matched steps with Ranbir’s dad Rishi Kapoor in Yaraana and Prem Granth. Here’s an ode to these timeless actresses who managed to romance both father and son on the big screen…
MADHURI DIXIT: Rishi and Ranbir Kapoor were not the only fathers-on jodi that Mads got to romance. In Feroz Khan’s 1988 film Dayavan, she was paired opposite Vinod Khanna. At that time, Madhuri was 20 and Vinod 42 but their sensuous song together, Aaj phir tumpe, became a rage. Nine years later, Madhuri was paired opposite Vinod Khanna’s son Akshaye in Mohabbat which was directed by her then manager Rakesh Nath’s wife Reema.
DIMPLE KAPADIA: Sunny Deol and Dimple Kapadia came together in 1984 with Manzil Manzil. Later, Dharmendra acted with Dimple in Mast Kalandar in 1991 and, in fact, both of them even had a kiss in their next film Dushman Devta which also released in 1991.
SRIDEVI: This is a rare case when an actress worked with the son first and then the father. In 1990, Sridevi worked with Dharmendra as his lead in a film called Naka Bandi. Earlier in 1989, Sridevi worked with Sunny Deol in Chaalbaaz. In fact there are five other films in which Sridevi and Dharmendra were seen together.
RANI MUKERJ: It was 2001 when Rani Mukerji and Abhishek Bachchan worked for Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai. They later did films like Yuva, Bunty Aur Babli More >
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 11, 2013)
Mani Ratnam, Kunal Kohli and a couple of more filmmakers have reportedly tried casting Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan together in their projects. But attempts have failed because both actors have not shown any inclination. However, producer Ritesh Sidhwani has managed to get the two youngsters, along with Anushka Sharma and RK Junior’s special friend Katrina Kaif, to spread the good word on literacy. The Ministry of Education intends to promote free education and these four actors will pitch in their efforts to eradicate illiteracy by using a powerful forum.
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 10, 2013)
In a recent interview to Mirror, Ayan Mukherji, director of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was all praise for his lead pair, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, for putting their past behind and maintaining a cordial relationship on the sets. Karan Johar, who is producing the film, had also planned a world tour with the exlovers to promote the film. However, it seems Shah Rukh Khan vetoed the idea.
Mirror has learnt that SRK has thrown a wet blanket on the much-anticipated trip scheduled to take off early this week.
Apparently, he and Rohit Shetty, the director of his ambitious project Chennai Express, sat Deepika down and talked her out of the plan. They categorically told her that they need her to devote all her time to complete the film.
Deepika tried her best to reason with SRK and Rohit, but to no avail. “She was clearly told that if she did not cooperate, they will not be able to release their film on Eid. She was also reminded about the leeway given to her in the past when she kept dividing her dates between Shetty’s Chennai Express and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela,” a source close to the developments said.
The latest is that, even Ranbir is not going for the tour and no prizes for guessing, Karan and Ayan aren’t too amused with their publicity drive been thrown out of gear.
“As of today, the tour stands cancelled. The whole idea was to have Deepika and Ranbir together,” the source said adding, “It was a professional More >
Ranveer Singh on the girls and the controversies that surround him
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 10, 2013)
Ranveer Singh is in a more than usual outspoken mood as he talks about the girls and films in his life as we ask him…
You are working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali so early in your career… He is a dream director. There are a number of stories of him being temperamental and a difficult director to work with and to a certain extent there is some truth to it. But it is not as bad as it is made out to be. He has mellowed with age. He has never ever shouted at me on the sets. He protects actors like a tiger would protect its cub.
But your fight with him over your beard was reported… It was a particularly tough day and there was stress. I trimmed my beard a little more than required and it was a mistake So it kind of led to some sort of stress.
You have landed in trouble because of your outspoken nature… I realise that I need to refrain from speaking from my heart at least10 per cent. If you are outspoken by nature it is difficult to sugar coat things but I have realised that I need to express my honest opinion within the confines of my house with friends I trust.
You have had your share of problems with Arjun (Kapoor) and Ranbir (Kapoor)… The newer generations of actors are all very cool. It makes for entertaining news to pit us against each other but there is no such thing. Everyone is too busy to worry about others and I share a close bond with Arjun. As far as Ranbir is More >
BOMBAY TIMES (May 10, 2013)
Debutante director Sonam Nair’s Gippi is about an endearing teenager, played by Riya Vij. Even as the public verdict is awaited, Gippi is already winning hearts in Bollywood.
RANBIR KAPOOR Gippi took me back to my schooldays. She’s so full of energy and joy, yet so innocent and shy. Riya told me that she loved Barfi and I told her that Gippi would do what Barfi did — make people smile and spread happiness. I also met Sonam after a long time. She was assisting Ayan Mukerji on Wake Up Sid. I can’t believe she’s directed a film already.
IMRAN KHAN We have never made a movie that is on the coming of age of a girl. I’m really glad that someone has had the courage to do it.
ARJUN KAPOOR I could relate to Gippi because I myself have been an overweight child. In fact, Gippi inspires every person who has been through a phase of self-doubt to leave it behind and triumph.
SIDHARTH MALHOTRA Gippi reminded me of a girl I knew in school. The film reminded me of all the awkward moments I had during my schooldays.
VARUN DHAWAN Anyone from the age of eight to 80 can watch Gippi. It’s a film that takes you back to the best times of your life. There’s a Gippi in each one of us. So it’s easy to relate to the film.
ADITYA ROY KAPUR The film is enjoyable; it has so many endearing moments.
Gippi, produced by Dharma Productions, releases today.
DNA (May 8, 2013)
We don’t believe everything we hear but we want to believe some things. Like the possibility of a film with Aishwarya rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor. We hear that ARB may give the nod to a Yash Raj Films venture, which will begin at the end of this year. A litle birdie chirps, “Aditya Chopra is casting Ranbir Kapoor in the romantic drama and he wants Ash to be RK’s love interest. Ash has heard the script and is very excited about it and working with a younger hero like Ranbir. She loves his choice of films and thinks he’s a fabulous actor. Adi’s film is one she’s looking forward to working in, provided dates and money issues are sorted out.” We hear Adi might direct this one himself. A source close to Ash denied that she had been approached for the film. Don’t we hear that always before the announcement?
Upala KBR (DNA; May 9, 2013)
Kareena Kapoor Khan has been approached by Zoya Akhtar for her next film, which revolves around a brother-sister relationship. Ranveer Singh has been finalised to play the role of the brother.
Says a source, “On Sunday night, Zoya gave a three-hour narration to the actress at her Bandra home. The role is to die for and Kareena is extremely excited about it. Even her sister Karisma loved it, and is urging her to say yes. The film belongs to the leading lady and Bebo has been wanting to sink her teeth into a performance-based role for sometime now. She wants to be challenged as an actress. Another big incentive to do this film are the new energies. Bebo has never worked with Zoya before, except for the cameo in Luck By Chance. She likes the director’s past films and her sensibilities, so is trying to work her dates and somehow fit this film into her schedule.
Date crunch Kareena is facing a date crunch with the number of films she has lined up in 2013-14. Currently she is shooting for Punit Malhotra’s Gori Tere Pyar Mein with Imran Khan, after which she will start shooting for Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor’s joint production with Emraan Hashmi. When that wraps up, she will begin shooting for Shuddhi with Hrithik Roshan, produced by Karan Johar. In the meantime, she has also been approached by Rohit Shetty for his next film after Chennai Express. Kareena adores Rohit and the blockbusters he delivers, so now she is trying to fit in Zoya’s film, More >
Arjun Kapoor tells us why he prefers to keep a low-key profile
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 8, 2013)
Arjun Kapoor is back from Ahmedabad after wrapping up the first schedule of Two States. He is impatient to see the first cut of Aurangzeb when we catch up with him at a suburban studio. Excerpts from the chat.
You are quite a star… (Interrupts) I am an actor, not a star. When you are a star you can’t venture out in public.
What really annoys you at a public place? I have seen this profession from very close quarters and I know there are small prices to pay. But when I am having a bad day or spending a private moment, I do wish I could tell people to give me some space. Also, I think it’s disrespectful to secretly click pictures of me. I prefer to come out and talk to people when I have work to talk about.
You play a double role in Aurangzeb. Is it a calculated risk? Hrithik played a double role in his debut film, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. But there, the two characters didn’t share screen space, like my characters do in this one. Aditya Chopra finalised me for the film after watching the rushes of Ishaqzaade. And when a producer shows such faith in you, it bolsters your confidence. Risk or no risk, I just went for it with conviction.
You play the spoilt child of a rich father. Does it have any parallels to your life? I am the antithesis of my onscreen character. I never got swayed by my background. Had I been a spoilt child of a renowned producer, I wouldn’t have been More >
Ram Kohli (DNA; May 7, 2013)
Ranbir Kapoor has made it a habit to flash his middle finger at the paparazzi. His clothes change, his head gear changes, even the hand changes but his irritable expression and the finger wave is a constant. Yes, everyone liked it when he flashed his middle finger in Rockstar because it was at the establishment. Off-screen RK’s flipping people is F***k You. The big question is: Who is it meant for? At the guys clicking the pictures? Or the fans who see it in print and on television? It maybe called a finger salute, but it is viewed by society in general as an obscene gesture. Ranbir should know better coming from a family of celebrities. From his great grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor, to grandfather Raj Kapoor to his parents Neetu and Rishi, they have all practically lived in front of cameras but no one has displayed such hostility and hatred for the media.
Musical artistes, including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Adele have all publicly made the gesture. Britney Spears gave the gesture towards members of the paparazzi, but had to apologise when fans interpreted the gesture as directed at them. Actors stick out their middle finger in public, on average, less than pop and rock stars. After all, the demographics of their audiences tend to be much broader, which means that everyone watches them, from kids to grannies, from rebellious teens to Bible-huggers. They have to be much more careful about their image. For More >