WHAT’S RAN­BIR WAIT­ING FOR?

Ac­tor Ran­bir Kapoor says that he would di­rect a film even­tu­ally; needs to learn to be self­less like film­mak­ers

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shalvi Man­gaokar shalvi.man­gaokar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The more I’ve worked with good di­rec­tors, the more I’ve re­alised that I have so much to learn Ran­bir Kapoor, ac­tor

Ran­bir Kapoor could have very well been a di­rec­tor, had he had a story to tell. The ac­tor, who started out his ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood as an as­sis­tant di­rec­tor on films such as Prem Granth (1996), Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) and Black (2005), wishes to di­rect some­day, and is look­ing for a story to share with the world.

“My in­ten­tion and my am­bi­tion be­fore be­com­ing an ac­tor was to be­come a di­rec­tor. But I don’t have a story to tell, which I need,” says Ran­bir. But that’s not the only thing keep­ing him away from the di­rec­tor’s seat. “It (di­rec­tion) is also a very self­less job. You work for so many peo­ple and so many de­part­ments, and you give them the credit; that’s very hard. The more I’ve worked with good di­rec­tors, the more I’ve re­alised that I have so much to learn. As an ac­tor, you’re only con­cerned with what you’re do­ing. Di­rec­tion is a whole new ball game. I’m far from it right now,” he adds.

Come back to act­ing and Ran­bir’s last few films haven’t re­ally done well at the box of­fice. His last re­lease, Bom­bay Vel­vet, met with sim­i­lar fate and one as­pect that was crit­i­cised greatly was the length of the Anurag Kashyap di­rec­to­rial. But the 32-year-old begs to dif­fer. “Great films are al­ways lengthy. Take, for ex­am­ple, La­gaan (2001), Dil­wale Dul­ha­nia Le Jayenge (1995) and Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (1994). Shorter films are more pop­corn films. Peo­ple don’t take them se­ri­ously. If a film has a good story and en­gages the au­di­ence, [then] hours don’t mat­ter as long as there is an emo­tional con­nect with the char­ac­ters,” he says.

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