With the positive reaction to his varied roles in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram- Leela and Dil Dhadakne Do, Ranveer Singh has made a place of himself in the front ranks of Bollywood’s youth brigade. The ever effusive star discusses a range of topics.
You have become identified with high energy levels.
I am quite fed up of hearing ... Ohh he is so energetic, so quirky. It’s not calculated; I was always like this. My school report cards would always have remarks about my vivacious energy.
Have you ever analysed why you are this way?
I think it’s because I am very scared that there is such little time and so much to do. I have one life. My philosophy is that what is there today will not be there tomorrow. When I broke my back in Lootera, I didn’t know if I would work again. Some life experiences have taught me that there are no guarantees about tomorrow. So for me every day is the last day. Every time I perform live in front of the camera, it’s like my last shot. I treat everything as if it is my last so I put everything into it. I let myself really enjoy it. It could even be simple things like working out -- I treat it as my last work out. If I am meeting my friends and gaming on PlayStation, I treat it like it is the last time I am meeting my close buddies. Who knows I will get a chance to play with them after four months or never. If tomorrow my best friend decides to shift to San Francisco, then when will I get a chance? So I have a zest for doing things; whatever I do, I do to the fullest.
But you must be having dull moments too in life?
I have very few. I have an appetite for life, so dullness rarely creeps in. I’ll always find something. Boredom is alien to me.
Bajirao Mastani originally had Salman Khan and Aishwarya. Do you think Deepika and you will be able to create the magic of what Bhansali had imagined?
I have approached this film as one of my dearest creative ventures and none of the history was on my mental periphery. For me it was not about who was going to be cast in the film, for me it is Mr. Bhansali’s most precious film and he selected me. I knew that Bajirao is his most precious character. So for him to entrust it to me is a really big deal because he is one of the greatest directors of Hindi cinema.
Anushka and you were very close to each other during your debut film Band Bajaa Baaraat. When you worked together in Dil Dhadakne Do after a break, did it get uncomfortable?
I was very close to Anushka because I did my first two movies with her; so I worked with her for two years consistently. Then she started doing other movies and I started doing other movies and we kind of drifted apart. When she was signed for Dil Dhadakne Do, I was over the moon as she is such a great actor. A huge star, she is a great asset to our film.
What was it like to catch up after a break?
I met her on the ship we were shooting on. I went up to her on the first day and caught up with her. For two to three hours we were just chatting and catching up and then we started work pretty much the very next day. The first thing I noticed was that she has really evolved as an actor. I thought we look very good together in our song Pehli baar. You have a natural chemistry with a certain actor. We are just blessed that Anushka decided to take up this part.
Dil Dhadakne Do is your first film with a lady director and you seem to have gotten along with her.
I knew Zoya when I was not an actor. Some of her best friends are my best friends. Zoya and I bonded very deeply because she is somebody who approached our dynamics with an open heart and as did I. Then it just became beautiful. I have a great amount of admiration for her as a creative person and I have a great amount of affection for her because I think we speak the same language of affection -- we are both huggers and kissers.
In the film your father (played by Anil Kapoor) offers you money for a jet plane if you marry a girl of his choice. Would you agree to such a deal in real life?
Why would I get married for a plane? No, never! I would get married for love, so that I can be an honourable family man. My character is confused, but my greatest ambition right now is to be an honourable family man like my father. I am working towards that.