Ranbir Kapoor is one of the most interesting actors in Bollywood, if not the most talented. With the famous surname that comes with a rich Bollywood heritage and a penchant for challenging the expectations that come with the aforementioned famous surname, the actor has found a unique voice of his own. Since his debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya in 2007, a rather fledgling start in the film industry, he has continued to curate a film full of inspirational choices. Between playing a romantic hero, a kid, and a politician, he’s got his fair share of memorable on-screen moments. Over the past few years, he has made consistent strides in uncovering the potential that has been promised since his first film.
On his birthday, let’s take a look at some of Ranbir Kapoor’s best performances to date:
Directed by: Imtiaz Ali
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri
Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar is arguably Ranbir Kapoor’s best work. It can be said that the actor’s acting and the film’s music lent by AR Rahman made the film. The story of suffering and artistic pursuits is enhanced by Ranbir’s insincere actions. He plays Janardhan Jhakar or Jordan – an aspiring musician from Delhi who suffers from a heartbreak that ultimately drives his art. As Jordan, he conveys grief, inspiration, and genius simultaneously. And the result is a cracked screen presence that is impossible to take your eyes off. When the movie was released in 2011, it pretty much solidified Ranbir as a force to be reckoned with, a star that could make or break a movie.
Directed by: Imtiaz Ali
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone
Tamasha sparked a flurry of discussions and the centerpiece of most was the Ved of Ranbir Kapoor. The film opens the story of a boy who meets a girl – Ved (Kapoor) and Tara (Deepika Padukone) cross the road in Corsica. The two decide to hang out without revealing their identities to each other. Ved is a well-written character and cannot be left out – he is a man trying to escape the monotony of everyday life while remaining realistic about his reality. Ranbir Kapoor dissects the identity crisis brilliantly and creates an endless spectacle of it. It was an undisputed RK performance from a successful period in his career.
Directed by: Anurag Basu
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D’Cruz
Anurag Basu’s Barfi! saw Ranbir Kapoor play a lovable character who was instantly fall in love. Murphy Johnson or Barfi is a deaf-mute young man who is famous in his small town as a mischief-maker. When he meets Shruti (Ileana D’Cruz), he falls in love but his disability prevents them from getting married. Meanwhile, he develops a relationship with his childhood friend Jhilmil (Priyanka Chopra). It’s a challenging role but the film also sees Ranbir Kapoor play a friend, a lover, and a jerk at the same time. The role allows him to flex his comedic muscles while playing a romantic hero – a wonderful blend of his best abilities as an actor. And the film’s reception is proof of his success.
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009)
Directed by: Rajkumar Santoshi
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is one of the Ranbir Kapoor comedies that achieved dizzying success. Director Rajkumar Santoshi saw the actor teaming up with Katrina Kaif on a small-town comedy about a man and a woman who stutter. Kapoor plays Prem, a carefree young man who falls in love with a woman and as an act of selflessness, decides to help her get to the man she loves. The film was a hit at the box office, and much of its success can be attributed to the actor’s effortless charm as a man who enjoys playing with classic hero roles – a twist. winning combination.
Rocket Singh: Salesperson of the Year (2009)
Directed by: Shimit Amin
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Gauahar Khan, Shazahn Padamsee
Ranbir Kapoor seemed to play the same type of character in the early years of his career but if you pay attention to the nuances of each role he plays a young man struggling with work-life balance. , then Rocket Singh emerged as a rare film. It sees him play Harpreet Singh Bedi, a character a child star probably wouldn’t have chosen at the start of their acting career. Bedi is a relevant recent graduate entering the workforce in the corporate sector. He was not the best salesman due to his side achievements and he was largely shunned by his colleagues. However, he went against the system by starting a company of his own. Through his ups and downs, Ranbir plays Bedi like everyone else, fully committed to that and it shows.
Wake Up Sid (2009)
Directed by: Ayan Mukerji
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Konkana Sen Sharma, Anupam Kher
Sid, Ranbir Kapoor’s character in Ayan Mukerji Sid’s 2009 film Waked Up is a fictional character but his journey is familiar when one considers Ranbir Kapoor’s own life. Sid breaks out of his bubble of privilege to explore on his own. The film tells the story of a college student who has no idea where his life and career are headed. Ranbir Kapoor easily played the coming-of-age arc, delivering a superb performance. It helped him star opposite a great Konkona Sen Sharma, with whom he shared effortless chemistry. Watching Wake Up Sid flashback after Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra is as enjoyable as it is memorable as an RK movie in the post-Brahmastra world.
Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Sonam K Ahuja
In Sanju, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Ranbir Kapoor managed to pull off a dramatic transformation on screen. While the film isn’t the best biopic, it is an earnest tribute to Sanjay Dutt. Revolving around the life of the Bollywood star, the film lifts the curtain on the star cast and his controversies. For this role, Ranbir wore prosthetic limbs to live in the body of another real-life actor, and he never seemed to be consumed by it. He’s kept an authentic performance, avoiding imitation, and it’s not an easy feat when you’re playing a man whose image is so deeply ingrained in pop culture. Ranbir doesn’t hesitate to leave his comfort zone to move into experimentation in movies and this is one such movie.
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013)
Directed by: Ayan Mukerji
Actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin, Aditya Roy Kapur
Nothing feels as thrilling as this movie with Ranbir Kapoor traveling. The film doesn’t have the strongest plot but it’s easy to see how Kabir “Bunny” Thapar, Kapoor’s character, quickly becomes the dreamy man one hopes to meet by chance on a trip. . Except that he doesn’t like the idea of settling down. Bunny is out exploring the world, which has brought him on a trip in the Himalayas with his friends. This is where he ran into Naina (Deepika Padukone) on a walking tour. The two develop a relationship before going their separate ways to explore their careers until they reunite. Ranbir is very convincing as Bunny and gives the character an adult feel that feels like the real thing. The film resonated with millennials and is still watchable to this day and a lot of credit goes to the actor.
It’s safe to say that his latest film Brahmastra has tried to capitalize on his strengths – the film comes as a passionate project that sees him play a hilarious character who is brought into the dark. extraordinary circumstances. The film also paired him with actress-wife Alia Bhatt and while it drew a divisive response from the audience, it was yet another experiment from the actor unafraid to explore his ambitions as is an actor.
Here is wishing Ranbir Kapoor a very happy birthday.