Like any other actor, Ranbir Kapoor has experienced the highs as well as lows vis-à-vis box office exploits. In fact, before tasting humongous success with Sanju, Ranbir Kapoor faced failures with movies such as Besharam (2013), Roy (2015), Bombay Velvet (2015), Tamasha (2015) and Jagga Jasoos (2017). Interestingly, a few weeks back, film-maker Vidhu Vinod Chopra – who also produced Sanju – stated that Ranbir’s “choice of scripts” has been “very stupid”.
But the Kapoor scion doesn’t think so. “I don’t agree with him (Chopra). That’s his point of view. I don’t regret (being a part of) any film that I have done (till date). Be it Bombay Velvet, Saawariya (2007) or Jagga Jasoos, they all came naturally from (within) me. So, they will always be a part of me. It’s like they are your children so yes, the successful ones are obviously there but it’s the failed ones that you will (always) be close to because you are always like, ‘why didn’t people love them?’ You always feel attached to them,” says the actor.
In fact, Ranbir is “very proud of a Bombay Velvet, a Saawariya or a Jagga Jasoos”. “I had an incredible experience while working on these films. They have really added [a lot] to my growth as a person as well as an actor,” he says, adding that he is “completely at peace with himself”. He explains: “But when it comes to work, there is constant insecurity and desire to do better. Actually, success and failure doesn’t matter that much to me because I know I still have opportunities [in my career].”
Ranbir admits that he isn’t “working in movies to put a roof on my head or have my next meal”. He says: “I am a part of it because of my passion. I understand the position I am in today and the platform that I have been given. In fact, I am very grateful for it. I have a lot of gratitude, especially since even after certain failures; filmmakers such as Rajkumar Hirani and Ayan Mukerji still want to work with me. Also, I am very happy with the films that are offered to me. So, I am in a very happy and positive place in my life.”
Would he be a little more careful about his film choices now? “Not really. I mean that way even Sanju – to start with – was risky as it’s a biopic on Sanjay Dutt. Also, what Ayan (Mukerji) is trying to do with Brahmastra makes it a ‘risky’ film as well. So there’s nothing sure shot in this industry, unless you are Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, or have reached a certain place (in career) where the audience loves you (a lot).”
Even as Sanju becomes one of the biggest money-spinners ever in Hindi cinema, Ranbir feels it’s important for him to have successful films to his credit. “Audiences don’t love me [personally]; they love me in films. So the next few years are very important and critical for me because I have to really consolidate a strong fan base. That’s why it’s important that I make some good and successful films right now,” says the actor, adding that his next few films will help him “amass a fan base that will support me in my failures as well as successes even after 20 years, if I continue to act till then”.