“I’m am­bi­tious, I’m a dreamer and I’m al­ways hun­gry!”

Cosmopolitan (India) - - YOU, YOU, YOU - By Priyam Chaturvedi

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.”

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