“I’m ambitious, I’m a dreamer and I’m always hungry!”
COSMO: Did you always want to be an actor?
RANVEER SINGH: “As far back as I can remember any understanding of the world around me, I wanted to be an actor. I was a complete couch potato as a kid and used to watch a lot of television. And the most fascinating thing on TV for me were the Hindi film actors and I wanted to be just like them. It was only in the 10th grade that I realised that it’s not so simple to just get up one day and say that I want to be a mainstream leading man. So I pursued creative writing from school to my second year in college. It was when I was taking acting classes in the US while pursuing media studies that I happened to perform in front of a crowd and it was appreciated. And it kind of stumped me! I thought, ‘Why am I settling for less and my whole life would be a compromise if I don’t do this. I don’t want to be 35 and wish that I had taken my chances when I had the time’. So I completed my degree and moved back to Bombay, trying to get into the movie business.”
C: Tell us, what according to you is the best and worst part about being an actor?
RS: “The best part about being an actor, by far, is that I get to do what I love doing. There’s nothing that fascinates, excites and stimulates me more than performing—whether it is dance or acting. I think the biggest thing in this country is to either be a cricketer, a politician or a moviestar. And the fact that I get to act in mainstream Hindi films and do what I love, on the platform I had always hoped for, is amazing. The worst part is clearly the intrusion of privacy. It gets very difficult to go about your life as a normal person without people passing judgments on every little thing, or without them crossing the line.”
C: How do you deal with the criticism that comes your way?
RS: “You have to become thick
skinned and free yourself of the fear of judgment. I think that really empowers a person. Fortunately, I learned this trick very quickly. I feel that more than the constant reporting in the tabloids, it’s the passing of judgment on what you do or say that really bothers, and that’s what you need to get used to and take in your stride.”
C: What’s keeping you busy right now?
RS: “I’m shooting Gunday and finishing Ram Leela simultaneously. After this, I’ll be preparing for Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil to be produced by Yash Raj Films, which is like a dream come true for me. It’s more than just a film for me—it’s very, very special. He’s put together a fantastic technical team and an amazing starcast, and I am thrilled to be working with Parineeti again and more so Govinda, who’s been my idol.”
C: How do you prepare yourself for a role and is cutting off difficult?
RS: “Cutting off is actually the easy part, getting into it is what requires effort. If I were to speak of it genuinely, preparing for a role is really a process of trial and error. You try different things, you attempt and you see what works. It’s a collaborative process that you do in tandem with the director.”
C: What makes you tick?
RS: “The zeal for life! I have a great lust for life. I want to maximise everyday to its fullest potential.
I want to do so many things, feel so many things. I am ambitious, I’m a dreamer and I’m always hungry—to acquire knowledge, skills, experience, and a lot of things.”
C: Tell us one thing you don’t get about women.
RS: “I’m very patient and non judgmental. So it never really comes to a point where I think, ‘Why is she behaving like this?’ But that doesn’t mean that I understand women. I don’t.”
C: How do you deal with all the attention you get from women?
RS: “You have to take it in your stride and not get carried away. I have to admit one does get a lot of it, but it’s got to do with very superficial stuff like your physical appearance and the hype around you as a celebrity. So you shouldn’t let it go to your head.”
C: What according to you makes a relationship work?
RS: “Trust, honesty, acceptance, communication and warmth.”
C: What should a woman do to get your attention?
RS: “Be well turned out. Exude a positive, warm and friendly vibe. Make eye contact. And never forget to smile.”