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Ranbir: Rajneeti is my first mature role

Last updated on: November 11, 2009 14:50 IST

'Rajneeti is my first mature role'

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Ranbir Kapoor may have gained heartthrob status with his romantic roles but the actor is excited about his upcoming film Rajneeti, where he plays 'a mature man' for the first time.

"I have usually acted in coming-of-age dramas or done loverboy roles in my films so far. But Rajneeti is my first mature role. It is a dark political thriller and also my first character with grey shades," Ranbir said.

The film, which is inspired by Mahabharata, is a satire on the Indian political system and has a formidable ensemble cast in Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar, Arjun Rampal, Katrina Kaif, Vivek Oberoi and Manoj Bajpai.


Image: Ranbir Kapoor

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'Katrina is phenomenal'

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The actor, who recently wrapped up the shoot in Bhopal, is 'thrilled' to be a part of Jha's ambitious project.

"It was really great to work with Prakash Jha. He is one of the great directors in the industry and has contributed a lot to Indian cinema. The film has a great ensemble cast. We just finished the shooting," the actor says about the film, which is based on politics in Madhya Pradesh.

After Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Ranbir teams up with Katrina Kaif again in Rajneeti and the actor describes the Bollywood beauty as 'phenomenal'.

"Katrina has this undying energy on the set," Ranbir says. "She is so successful but never takes it for granted. From not knowing the language to becoming one of the biggest star, she has achieved a lot. I have tremendous respect for her as an artiste."


Image: A scene from Rajneeti

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'Rocket Singh has no similarity with our filmi sardar'

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Ranbir is also looking forward to Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, where he plays a middle-class sardar. He grew a beard to shoot for the film.

"Rocket Singh is about a real sardar. He has no similarity with our filmi sardar. It is an underdog story. My character is a middle-class guy, who wants to be a salesman, it is his story," says Ranbir, adding that growing a beard helped him get into the skin of the character.

The Yash Raj project is being directed by Shimit Amin, who helmed Ab Tak Chhappan and Chak De! India earlier. It co-stars newcomer Shazahn Padamsee.


Image: A poster of Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year

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'I wish I had 48 hours in a day then perhaps I will achieve my dreams faster'

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Starting his Bollywood journey with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's box office dud Saawariya, Ranbir has come a long way from the failure of his debut.

His last two films Wake Up Sid and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani have done well at the box office but the actor says he has no time to pause and enjoy the successes.

"I am in a hurry. It seems to me that time is running out. I wish I had 48 hours in a day then perhaps I will achieve my dreams faster. I have really waited for 24 years to be where I am today," he says.

The young star, who comes from the famous Kapoor family, which boasts of names like Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor among others, may be hailed as the next big thing in Bollywood. But the actor does not agree with the notion, which he believes is temporary.


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