Ranbir Kapoor Back In The Race with 'Sanju'….But Had He Ever Left?

Ranbir Kapoor Back In The Race with 'Sanju'….But Had He Ever Left?

Ranbir Kapoor has consistently proved himself with great performances so why should he be judged by box office ratings?
Ranbir Kapoor Back In The Race with 'Sanju'….But  Had He Ever Left?
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Raj Kumar Hirani’s  Sanju is not  only the biggest  hit of 2018, it also proves that a brilliant actor  like Ranbir Kapoor can never be written off. After  the  crippling failure of big ambitious  films like Besharam and Bombay Velvet (the two films were directed  by the brothers Abhinav and Anurag Kashyap), Roy and  Jagga Jasoos (directed  by Ranbir’s ‘friends’  Vikramjit Singh and Anurag Basu)  Ranbir’s career was being written  off, when Raj Kumar  Hirani offered  him Sanju. The rest as  they say is history.

A close friend of  the actor  says the  last  one year has been agonizing for Ranbir.  “And not just Ranbir. His parents had to helplessly watch as Ranbir agreed to do film after wrong film offered by directors who professed  friendship with the actor and then betrayed  his trust.”

Not many people know that Ranveer Singh had been finalized for Bombay Velvet. Then suddenly  Ranbir got interested in the  project and  Ranveer was out. That’s  how Ranbir got into the doomed project.

A  close friend says  Ranbir’s father Rishi Kapoor  was  against Ranbir doing both Bombay Velvet and  Jagga Jasoos. “Chintuji (Rishi Kapoor) has  a wonderful script sense, as we all know. He  implored Ranbir to run his projects through  him. But Ranbir wouldn’t listen. Only after  Jagga Jasoos flopped miserably, did Ranbir relent and  agree  to consult his father about the scripts offered to him,” divulges  a family friend of the Kapoors, adding that Ranbir  now consults two people  about which projects to accept: his father Rishi Kapoor and Karan Johar.

The  brilliant actor learnt his lessons the hard way.  The  multiple  flops proved a crippling blow. The  big assignments that were  earmarked for Ranbir began  to go to younger actors like Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan. Shoojit Siracr’s beautiful October which  Varun did was originally  offered to Ranbir. As  for  Ranveer Singh, there were  too many projects  to be mentioned here, where the Kapoor  lost out to the Singh.

Sanju came as a  godsent. Although most  media commentators  agree Ranbir couldn’t be written off. Says senior  media-person and author Bharati S Pradhan, “Every Friday counts. But definitely not for Ranbir Kapoor. His debut film Saawariya was a disaster. His biggest commercial hit Yeh Jawani Yeh Deewani couldn't cross Rs 200 crore. He's had more commercial failures like Roy, Bombay Velvet and Besharam than any other contemporary star. But never ever was Ranbir written off. It's simply because right from his first step, he's been a brilliant, all-round actor. Unlike most of his colleagues who aimed for and went after stardom, Ranbir stole your heart as an actor. I have never seen a single misstep in his performances whatever the quality or fate of his films. And even if I have issues with calling it an 'honest biography' which Sanju, the film, most certainly is not, I am thrilled that Ranbir's extraordinary performance has fetched him a thumping response from the box-office. It'll always be achche din for him; I don't see any actor match Ranbir's brilliance. Therefore, no, this actor is not as good as his last hit. He's way beyond the box-office as his record has proved again and again.”

Ranbir with Rajkumar Hirani 

Ranbir with Rajkumar Hirani

Adds writer-filmmaker-editor Apoorva  Asrani, “A star maybe as good as his last hit, but an actor is as good as his last performance. And a good performance lasts far beyond weekend box-office numbers. Ranbir has consistently been a good and sincere actor, and his work in Rocket Singh, Barfi and Rockstar will stand the test of time, irrespective of the film’s earnings. Even in Besharam, though the film may not have worked, Ranbir gave a despicable character his heart and soul & made him immensely watchable. I haven't seen Sanju, and I'm sure he has done a great job there too. I hope he continues to take up challenging roles and keeps the actor alive and evolving.”

Media baron Pritish Nandy agrees Ranbir talent was  irrefutable.  “Ranbir is one of our finest actors. Hits or misses never count. Not for a serious producer. Nor for a serious actor. He is very good in roles that he enjoys doing.”

Filmmaker Rahul Rawail who is a very close  friend of Rishi Kapoor is happy about Ranbir’s return to form. “A good actor is always good! The commercial success is not directly proportionate to talent. The industry, unfortunately equates talent to success.”

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