One more from the Kapoor clan is in Bollywood. A look at the latest from the Kapoor clan, Ranbir Kapoor.
He is Raj Kapoor’s grandson. And also Rishi and Neetu Kapoor’s son, Ranbir Kapoor. And cute. It seems almost inevitable that he should make Bollywood his home like the rest of his family. He is now assisting Sanjay Leela Bhansali though one wonders when audience will see the first male of the next generation on the silver screen. It’s refreshing to note that he carries himself with a quiet self-assurance and confidence reminiscent of his mother, Neetu, once a leading Bollywood actress herself. So unlike Karisma and Kareena, you can’t help thinking.
The handsome Ranbir is even more embarrassed when asked for an interview because, as he says, he has not done anything yet. What’s there to talk about? He does not seem to realize that just the fact that he is a Kapoor means news to the public. What does he want to do in life? The answer is so typical of a Kapoor – he wants to act, direct, produce – anything to do with films. Before he even considers offers to act, however, the young Kapoor is anxious to learn more about cinema and the way it works. Hence the decision to assist director Sanjay Leela Bhansali who has given the world a magnum opus like Devdas. He has also studied filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts and acting at the Lee Strassberg Institute, both in New York. Quite a grounding, that. However, he admits that nothing compares to actually working in a film and learning from that experience.
He did his schooling from Bombay Scottish High School and graduated from Lee Strasberg Institute, New York.
When is he planning to make his debut? Not at the moment, he replies. All that he is interested now is in assisting Bhansali in the film Black, which stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee. His acting debut can wait, he says. The audience, though, can hardly wait to see yet another handsome Kapoor storm Bollywood.
He made his debut in November 2007 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya opposite newcomer Sonam Kapoor. The response for the film was not too great, but Ranbir’s work was well appreciated.
In 2007, Saawariya also won him the Filmfare award for the Best Male Debut.