Perhaps few other movies have elicited so much anticipation as Raj Kumar Hirani’s Sanju. Ever since the trailer released, there has been a frenzy among fans to watch Sanjay Dutt’s controversial life unfold on screen. Of course, the huge credit for that goes to Ranbir Kapoor who has literally and figuratively, mirrored Sanjay, not only in looks but also mannerisms and persona.
That he is a super talented actor needs no elaboration but with Sanju, he might be playing his toughest role yet (though he makes it look so easy on screen!). His personal life has also been in the news, thanks to the much-talked about link-up with Alia Bhatt. Ahead of Sanju’s world wide release tomorrow (June 29, 2018), Ranbir spoke to Film Companion founder and noted critic Anupama Chopra about his much-awaited film, his love life and his plans of finally settling down. Excerpts…
Anupama Chopra: We have this amazing audience of film lovers, film students and I thought we’d just use this opportunity to talk about acting.
Ranbir Kapoor: When you do a film, then there is this marketing period. You have to really sell the film, get the audience in, and it’s the most tiring process. You may do films like Gandhi and Last of the Mohicans which can tire you as an actor but that five days of promotions can just kill you.
AC: Deepika (Padukone) always tells me that don’t ask me about my process. I don’t like to talk about it. Do you like to talk about it? Can you describe how you transform into other people? Are there any rituals you follow?
RK: With every film, each character comes with its own method. There is a new set of procedures that you have to follow, and most of the times I forget, so I’d love to share some stuff.
AC: I really thought Jagga Jasoos was so lovely, and it really broke my heart when it didn’t find more takers than it did. How did you face that?
RK: It broke my heart also and my bank. Anurag Basu is a very different species of director. When we were working on Barfi, many times Priyanka, Ileana and the actors used to sit waiting for a shot and we had no idea what was going on. There was no script, there was no blueprint of the story. We all knew what the story is, but Dada always improvised. The good experience we had on Barfi lent itself to the making of Jagga Jasoos. Jagga Jasoos was pretty simple and basic but there were a lot of complications behind it to make it look that simple and basic. I think we had too much on our plate because it was a detective film, the character stammers, it’s a musical, he is finding his father, there is a love story, its episodic. I’m not good with dialogues, so I’m very happy because I was talking less, I didn’t have to memorize lines. But here I think the challenge was to not make the stammering sound irritating. Also when you sing, it was meant to be said like a dialogue so it’s not like you’re performing a song, which is in a surrealistic zone, it’s very real.
AC: I had once asked Aamir Khan how he has such great creative instincts. He said he thinks like a producer, not like an actor so he is able to see the full picture and not just his part in it. From your choices, can one say that they are dictated by the fact that you look only at your part?
RK: Maybe. But since Saawariya, and every film I have done since then, every choice has been mine, I am responsible for every successful film, I am responsible for every failure. I can’t take a third perspective on the script, if I should do it, box office, whether commercially it will do well, because if I’m not connected to the material or the character, I won’t be able to do anything about it. I don’t have that skill set that Aamir sir has, and that’s why he is who he is today. I guess that is something that you develop with experience. I don’t think a Bombay Velvet or a Jagga Jasoos or Barfi or Wake Up Sid or Rocket Singh were experimental films, I felt like they were commercial films.
AC: In an interview with Rajeev Masand, you had talked about having three children and doing it the right way after you fall madly, deeply and passionately in love. But you fall in love a lot. Does that complicate your craft in any way?
RK: When you fall in love, everything is great. Water tastes like sherbet, and you seem like Uma Thurman. You feel great, so who doesn’t want to be in love?
AC: But what does it do to you as an actor?
RK: It does things to me as a human being. Acting is my profession, but if I feel good about myself and feel good about the day, it’s only because life is great and love makes life great.
Watch the full interview here!