It certainly wasn’t a case of love at first sight. Not even when he dropped his towel on me! …In the theatre, silly! 😉 Then came Bachna Ae Haseeno. Although everybody who comprised the fairer sex was swooning over his chocolate-boy looks, I felt quite safe from his charms. 🙂
Then came a gem of a movie. Sadly, it whizzed out of the theatres faster than a rocket! I’ve always felt this was a movie made well ahead of its time and all greats like this one have never quite earned the respect due to them in their era. So, well! But this was the turning point. Here is when I felt the youngest of the Kapoor lads was something and wouldn’t bring shame to such an illustrious family name.
I didn’t care much for Ajab Prem ki Ghajab Kahaani– too slapstick for me! And I skipped Rajneeti. I still don’t know why! (scratching head)
I must say I took an instant liking to the bleary-eyed, good-for-nothing Sid- who finally woke up to a middle-class life fraught with challenges and struggles, a life loaded with meaning where you can’t afford to take anything for granted.
And call me crazy, but I felt he had potential when I saw his first item number, ‘Tai Tai Fish’! Those tapori moves and killer expressions were, as Madhuri Dixit would say, PURRRFECT! 🙂
Then came Rockstar and he metamorphosed into the Janata’s Janardhan, the darling of the masses! OMG, this guy was seriously rocking it at the BO with each release! I read somewhere that his name means brave warrior. The adjective holds true for all his risky career choices too na? At least Aamir Khan thinks so. Here’s what he had to say about Ranbir.
And now, with Barfi, I’m beginning to think this guy competes with no one but himself and that’s how he ups the ante with each film. I won’t say anything about his performance, in keeping with the ‘tone’ of the movie. But go watch him sweeten your soul with a name just as sweet!
P.S. No, I still maintain my stance. He’s not supremely good-looking, just a regular-looking guy IMHO. But, I’d grab him in a jiffy for the pure talent he’s brimming with. I feel honoured to be around at a time when he’s in the movies. Each generation produces a few immortal gems that shine forever. Ranbir, Aamir, and Vidya undoubtedly qualify for this honor from the film fraternity. More on this later.
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