The chocolate boy of Bollywood who debuted as Ranbir Raj in Saawariya turns 38 today. Within 13 years in the industry, Ranbir has done romantic comedies like Ajab Prem ki Gazab Kahani, Barfi to films set in a pensive mood like Bombay Velvet and Roy. As we celebrate the birthday of Kapoor khandaan’s much-loved progeny, let’s look at some of Ranbir’s performances that have moved the audience.
Ranbir Kapoor’s character Ved alias Don suffers from borderline personality disorder. Tara (Deepika Padukone) falls in love with Ved’s alternate personality Don on a fun trip to Corsica but can’t get herself to do the same with a much reserved Ved. The film sees Ranbir Kapoor exploring himself in a single role with dual personalities and he does so with finesse.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a classic story of unrequited love. Ranbir plays Ayan Sanger, a singer who falls in love with Alizeh, whom he meets in London. The love, however, remains unexpressed till Ayan is invited to Alizeh’s wedding. Ranbir Kapoor stirs all kinds of emotions in this triangular love story with him, Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the forefront.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
The Ranbir Kapoor- Ayan Mukerji duo never ceases to impress. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani shows Ranbir in the role of a carefree yet ambitious Bunny. Bunny, in his own words, wants to fly, run, even fall but never stop. Bunny realises the value of the simple pleasures in life and the importance to pause and live through Naina (Deepika Padukone), a nerdy and calm girl who finds joy in the little things.
Wake Up Sid (2009)
Ranbir portrays Sid, a lazy and insolent slacker. Sid moves to Aisha’s (Konkona Sen Sharma) apartment when he is banished from home and expelled from office due to his rude behaviour towards his mother(Supriya Pathak). The spoilt Sid becomes competent and finds his passion away from home. Sid eventually reconciles with himself and his family. Kapoor’s transition from a laggard to a responsible person is endearing to watch.
As Jordan, Kapoor goes from ignorance to maturity as he explores himself as a singer. Jordan chases heartbreak since he’s convinced that the path to becoming a great artist is through a heartbreak. Rockstar traces Jordan’s journey from an ambitious college folk to a celebrated singer. Ranbir brings out the innocence as well as the madness of Jordan with perfection.
Ranbir plays Murphy Johnson, a deaf and mute lad, who mispronounces his name as Barfi when he attempts to speak. An innocently in love Barfi is left heartbroken by Shruti (Ileana D’Cruz), who must obey her parents. Barfi kidnaps Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) to treat his father with the ransom. This abduction leads to an unusual love between Jhilmil and Barfi. Kapoor is in control of his character and downright adorable as Barfi.
Ranbir Kapoor is seen as Sanjay Dutt in Rajkumar Hirani’s biographical drama. Kapoor is very convincing in the role of Sanjay Dutt as he traces the journey of Dutt’s life from addiction to sobriety, and from a distant relationship with his father to the famous ‘jadoo ki jhappi’ in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. Kapoor’s preparation for the role was visible as he perfectly imitated Sanjay Dutt’s style, gestures and expressions.
(Contributed By Deblina Munshi)