There’s a hype about how Ranbir Kapoor just can’t stop starring in coming-of-age dramas, and that the audience is tired of watching him play the same kind of roles. But apparently, it’s quite subjective, because we think he pulls them off exceptionally well in those self-discovery movies.
You give Ranbir a conflicted role of Ved in Tamasha, a risk-taker in Rocket Singh, or a speech and hearing impaired Barfi, he will ace them with grace. You give him a boastful role of a Casanova in Bachna Ae Haseeno, a spoiled brat in Wake Up Sid, or a Besharam boy, he will be exemplary at those too.
What we mean to say is, this stellar actor has done all sorts of roles but the best ones have been the “self-discovery” ones. Maybe because he related to them?
In an interview with Pinkvilla, he once quoted, “I am a believer in films like Shree 420 and Life Is Beautiful where heroism is not interlinked with beating people into pulp. It is not so much about dialogues as it is about the deeds. I have done a lot of coming-of-age films which makes me the Harry Potter of the film industry. I love playing the underdog.”
Doesn’t that sound wonderful? But we were quite heartbroken when he jokingly promised in a recent interview with AIB, that he won’t be playing such roles anymore. Ouch.
And because we’re such fans of Ranbir Kapoor’s “lost boy” roles we have listed down a few of our favourites below. Have a look!
Wake Up Sid
A fresh graduate born with a silver-spoon does not take his career seriously until he stumbles upon a fresh perspective. With this movie, Ranbir Kapoor steered clear of his lover-boy image and started his journey of starring in self-discovery movies. Haha.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
A go-getter and travel-lover has planned it all and achieves every goal with his hard work and passion. YJHD is almost like a new-gen DDLJ – it didn’t have a grumpy father or a villain but the only thing that stood between a happy ending was a choice that Ranbir’s character, Bunny had to make.
We saw Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar bring out one of the best sides of Ranbir Kapoor as an actor. He plays a singer who is desperate to make it big and wishes to seek inspiration through a heartbreak. Unfortunately, it does lead him to stardom, but along with self-destruction.
A movie that was easily brushed under the carpet by naming it “another lost boy story”, actually saw Ranbir grow as an actor. His character is conflicted by what his family expects of him and his actual dream. Ved’s transformation into his true self is awe-inspiring.
If you haven’t watched these movies already, you need to ask yourself if you’re truly a Ranbir Kapoor fan.
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