The Ranbir Kapoor era is back, and so is the era of experiments that will surely entertain you, excite you, and bring about something new!
Coming from a family established in the Indian film industry and proving their mettle to become a star on their own is a balance that very many star kids cannot find. And in this day and age of OTT stars, it's gotten even tougher. But Ranbir Kapoor is surely not one of them and hasn't lost his charm. In spite of being one of the Kapoors, Ranbir ended up carving his own path and niche for himself.
He started his acting journey in 2007 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya after assisting him in Black. And even though the film did not do well at the box office, Ranbir Raj Kapoor was the cute handsome boy that everybody had a crush on. He went on to do films like Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Wake Up Sid (2009), Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (20029), Raajneeti (2010), and Anjaana Anjaani (2010) which put him up on the map of commercial success, and of course made him a star. Even though Wake Up Sid was a sleeper hit and Rocket Singh did not work at the box office, those were some of his best works.
But it was films like Rockstar (2011), Barfi! (2012), and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) proved that he could do commercial as well as non-commercial films with more than enough conviction and make them work. He saw a slump with films like Besharam (2013), Roy (2015), and Bombay Velvet (2015), which were not received well by the audience or by the critics, and even though Tamasha (2015), and Jagga Jasoos (2017), were films that found their audience slowly, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), and Sanju (2018) put him back on the map. After being absent for four years, he got back with a huge bang with Shamshera (2022), and Brahmāstra (2022).
By now if one thing is clear it's this - he is an actor known for his choices, one who enjoys the best of all that the world has to offer him. To do films like Wake Up Sid, Rocket Singh, Rockstar, Barfi, Tamasha, and Jagga Jasoos amidst the high ride of successful commercial films is a huge risk to take because they were bringing something new and experimental to the table. But it's not just his choices but his chameleon-like self to get colored in his character's colors completely that makes him invisible and the character relatable. Who doesn't remember Jordan or Bunny or Sid or Barfi or Ved? He not just acted with all his heart but represented an entire generation that was lost, confused but different altogether.
His homely sense of humor misfires sometimes or sometimes he says the wrong thing in the wrong place. And yes his relationships and his break-ups at one time have been the talk of the town. But owning up to mistakes and failures takes courage and he has never been shy about that and handled everything gracefully. From talking about his parents' troubled relationship and its impact on him to his own mistakes that he made in his personal life or professional, he's opened up about it all!
Where everyone was opting to do a grand destination wedding, he chose to marry Alia Bhatt at their home in a completely different color palette and style. At this time of his career, Brahmastra is the kind of film that could be a massive failure too but he chose to bring a never seen before visual experience to the country. And if his recent marriage and his film Brahmastra are any proof, he's still the same person who likes to dabble in something new. No wonder people's expectations from him are always high!
He is a star who never fails to tell us that he is just like any of us! Happy Birthday, Ranbir Kapoor!
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