Ranbir Kapoor: ‘Dad warned me never to undertake a movie that requires me to wear a dhoti’
According to Ranbir Kapoor, his father, the late actor Rishi Kapoor, advised him to avoid historical films since they are ineffective. In a recent interview, Ranbir revealed that he was advised to stick to commercial films.
In his upcoming period picture, Shamshera, Ranbir will play two different characters. Shamshera is a period action drama produced by Yash Raj Films and starring Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor.
When asked why he avoided period films throughout his whole 15-year career, Ranbir Kapoor told Prabhat Khabar, “My father warned me, ‘Never do a film that demands you to wear a dhoti, because they never work. Always produce commercial movies. Aside from that, actors are frequently typecast. You must continue to experiment. I have been employed for fifteen years, and it is imperative that I bring something new to each position. This is why I accepted to star in Shamshera when the film was presented to me.”
Shamshera, directed by Karan Malhotra and set in the nineteenth century, is about a bandit tribe struggling for independence from the British. Ranbir portrays the father-son duo who head the tribe, while Sanjay Dutt portrays the unscrupulous police officer Shuddh Singh. The film is scheduled to debut in theaters on July 22.
Regarding the film, Ranbir recently stated to PTI: “From the Ramayana and Mahabharata to Thor, the hero’s purpose has always remained the same. A hero is someone you admire, can identify with, or strive to be like.”
The first installment of Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra is also scheduled for a September release for Ranbir. In addition to Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, and Nagarjuna, he portrays Shiva opposite Alia Bhatt in the film. He also has Animal by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and an untitled feature by Luv Ranjan in the works.
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