Ranbir Kapoor is one actor who is not afraid to take on new looks and avatars and his repertoire of films is evidence of this. In each of his films, Kapoor is determined to keep the audience guessing as to what look and role he will be seen in. He takes a chance with his films and they pay off, giving audiences fantastic films that the they enjoy immensely. Unlike other actors, off-screen Kapoor is a simple soul, often seen in jeans and a t-shirt but on screen, he knows just how to dress himself up to become the character that he is portraying in a film. As Kapoor celebrates his 34th birthday on 28th September, BizAsiaLive.com looks at five of his most memorable looks on screen.
Harpreet Singh Bedi in Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year۪ (2009)
If there was a look where Kapoor looked different to his normal state, this would be in ‘Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year’. Though the film did not do as well as hoped, Kapoor proved that he can look unrecognisable when he wishes too. In the film, Kapoor plays an idealistic salesman who works for an IT company. He quickly realises after his graduation that the working world is filled with corruption and takes it upon himself to find out why the company operates with such underhand tactics.
Janardan Jakhar or Jordan in Rockstar۪ (2011)
Rockstar۪ is a film which showed off not only Kapoor۪s acting talents but his enthusiasm for taking on a role and making into his own. The film followed the journey of Janardan Jakhar who dreams being like singer Jim Morrison. However his journey to become a renowned rock star is full of destruction and heartbreak and he finds that becoming famous has a price. In the film, Kapoor had a rugged rock star look with long hair and a slept in rock-and-roll style. His ability to downplay his usual charmer looks and his acting prowess meant he came across as JJ with conviction and looked fantastic on screen doing it.
Barfi in Barfi۪ (2012)
Kapoor has years of his family bloodline in him – full of promise – and with this, there is a lot of expectation on his shoulders. However, to those who doubted him, Barfi۪ showed the industry that he is an actor who is here to stay. In the film, Kapoor played Barfi, a childlike deaf mute adult who has a perchance for chaos and is rather oblivious to the way the world perceives him. Though he physically did not look any different, he did not say one word throughout the film and still made the audience laugh and cry, just by using his eyes and his body language. His ability to emote through his expressions were shown to their fullest capability and he was a joy to watch on screen.
Kabir Thapar or Bunny in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani۪ (2013)
When it comes to playing a serial charmer, Kapoor is a pro. In Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani۪, Kapoor played Kabir Tapar also known as Bunny who sees life as a journey to go on to rather than a commitment being stuck in one place. He played one of four friends who, in their youth, dreamed big but as adults realised that those dreams came with sacrifices and responsibilities. Kapoor was fantastic to watch on screen in this film and his relentless drive as an actor to show off the smaller emotions of his character was beautifully done.
Ved Vardhan Sahni in Tamasha۪ (2015)
If there is one Kapoor film which has created controversy in critic opinion, Tamasha۪ has to be it. Kapoor plays Ved, who as a young boy becomes infatuated with stories and the world of fantasy. However as an adult, Ved leads a monotonous boring life in the corporate world. On holiday in Corsica, he makes a pact with Tara (Deepika Padukone) to keep their identities undisclosed for the duration of their trip and explore the island together. The film gave Kapoor a split identity of sorts as on the one hand he was desperate to please everyone but on the other, he didn۪t want to conform to societal norms. Kapoor had to play someone who was ordinary in this film but with mixed emotions and he played this incredibly well. He showed each stage of the character۪s life with finesse and made it easy for the audience to empathise with him, even if they didn۪t understand his character۪s decisions.
Kapoor is the expert when it comes to unusual roles and hopefully his upcoming release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil۪ is sure to be no different. BizAsiaLive.com wishes Ranbir Kapoor a very happy birthday and great success in the release of his film.