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Birthday Special: Ranbir Kapoor, A Great Mix of Pure Talent and Salability.
First of all A Very Happy Birthday to Ranbir Kapoor, he turns 35 today and also completed 10 years in the Indian film industry as an actor. In 2007 with Saawariya he made his debut though the film failed badly at the ticket window but he became the heart throb of the nation, still the girls drool when they remember Jab Se Tere Naina song and his Towel dance. In the last decade Kapoor has worked in some very enduring films, never shied away from taking risks, never tried to bind himself into any image and given both cult and blockbuster films. He is the best blend of talent and stardom among the young corp of actors. He in fact is Aamir Khan Version 2.0, very maverick and reclusive. On the eve of his birthday I decided to pick his 5 best films and strangely his most successful films fails to make the cut be it Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Barfi, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Raajneeti or Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani though I like all the above mentioned films and barring Raajneeti I can watch all these films and have seen more than twice and some even thrice. But films are subjective art pieces and everyone has their own tastes, so here are my favorite Ranbir Kapoor films.
1. Tamasha (2015)
This Imtiaz Ali directed venture was an average affair at the box office but the impact of powerful art it had on me was unmistakable. Tamasha is a Philosophical Romantic Drama which talked about how we have to play a role to live our life in this ruthless society and have to hide our real selves. The film is now an urban cult and has great music from Mozart Of Madras, Mr. A.R. Rahman, for me this is Imtiaz Ali’s most profound work and Ranbir gave one of his best performances as Ved. If you haven’t seen it yet then please watch it like now.
Also Read:Tamasha – An Ode To Stories.
2. Wake Up Sid (2009)
This is a coming of age contemporary cinema which tells us the story of spoiled, careless, rich-kid Sid Mehra played effortlessly by Kapoor, a college student who is taught the value of owning up to responsibility by Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), an aspiring writer from Kolkata. It was critically and commercially successful and director Ayan Mukerji presented the young Kapoor who was just two years old in the industry in a lovable manner and he won hearts. Watch this Dharma classic if you missed it.
3. Rockstar (2011)
Another Imtiaz Ali, Rahman and Ranbir Combo which is a Tragic Musical Romance. Unarguably Kapoor delivered his best performance to date as Janardhan Jakhar a.k.a. Jordan, who dreams of becoming a rockstar like his inspiration, Jim Morrison. Yet, eventually on attaining all that he dreamt of, Jordan ends up anguished and despondent without Heer Kaul, whom he so fiercely, passionately loved. He realizes that fame and money is nothing if you don’t have love in your life. It was a reasonable box office success and since its release, Rockstar has gained a cult following across Indian urban youths.
4. Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year (2009)
It is the most underrated movie of Ranbir’s career, a box office flop but trust me it is arguably one of the best Indian multiplex films in last 10 years, a true cinematic classic. Many of the serial entrepreneurs called it “a Learning Bollywood Movie for upcoming Entrepreneurs”. Take risk & build relationship with Clients is one of the lesson taught in the movie. The direction of Shimit Amin is impeccable and Kapoor delivered his most understated performance. This is one cult classic which everyone missed at the time of its release, rectify your mistake and watch it now if you haven’t.
5. Jagga Jasoos (2017)
Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos is India’s first true musical adventure drama, it is a brave and an undeniable experiment. Jagga Jasoos revels in its lavish imagination, meddlesome inquiries and delicious bongness, it is a true masterpiece fantasy of modern Indian cinema. Ranbir churns an entertaining and restrained performance. It failed to woo the masses but I beg you to watch it once before making any decision about the movie, it is an experience.
Ranbir has interesting line up of forthcoming movies, the much awaited Sanjay Dutt biopic directed by India’s most successful director Rajkumar Hirani and tentatively titled Dragon, another ambitious project costarring Alia Bhatt directed by Ayan Mukerji, all the best to him for his future endeavors and it’s time you tell your favorite films of this talented Kapoor lad.