‘AU­DI­ENCE IS MY ONLY CON­CERN’

Ran­veer Singh does not care about box of­fice col­lec­tions, he just wants peo­ple to enjoy his films

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sneha Ma­hade­van ■ sneha. ma­hade­van@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Ran­veer Singh, who was re­cently in Bhopal to launch the cel­e­bra­tory track, Mal­hari from Eros In­ter­na­tional’s Bajirao Mastani, is quite a per­son­al­ity — al­ways happy to an­swer ques­tions, ready to in­ter­act with fans and ever so quirky. But be­hind this crazy per­sona lies a man who’s sim­ple, and has his core val­ues ab­so­lutely in­tact. We caught up with the live wire af­ter the launch for a quick chat. Ex­cerpts:

Are you wor­ried about your film clash­ing with Ro­hit Shetty’s Dilwale? Do com­par­isons be­tween films bother you?

I really don’t think about th­ese things be­cause I am only con­cerned about the re­sponse my film gets. I really wish we have great col­lec­tions, but for me, the au­di­ence re­sponse is what really mat­ters. It is really my own film I am con­cerned with. Nowa­days, too many peo­ple con­cern them­selves with those as­pects of films. I con­cern my­self with cin­ema, peo­ple are con­cerned with films. There is a dif­fer­ence. For me it is an art, for some peo­ple it is a com­mer­cial propo­si­tion, which it is ul­ti­mately, but that isn’t my pre­rog­a­tive as an artist. I am not one of those peo­ple who asks ‘‘Week­end col­lec­tions kya tha?’’ But I am one of those peo­ple who will ask the ques­tions that really need to be asked, such as “Bhaiya pic­ture kaisi chali?” There is no se­cret that I have in­vested a lot in this film emo­tion­ally, and it is fi­nally made and I really hope it is some­thing that lasts for­ever.

You are of­ten con­fused with Ran­bir Kapoor. Does that an­noy you?

I am pretty used to it. It hap­pens the other way round too and our names sound sim­i­lar, so I com­pletely understand. But it doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, there have been peo­ple who have gone to the ex­tent of mis­tak­ing me for Ran­bir Kapoor but when they meet me, I don’t cor­rect them. I will meet them, give them a hug, give an au­to­graph and take that selfie and I will leave them with a really happy feel­ing. I am col­lect­ing Ran­bir’s bless­ings too.

There were re­ports that you have opted for profit shar­ing in this film. Any plans to turn pro­ducer?

No, I only want to ex­plore the av­enues as a cre­ative per­son and I am not ready for things re­lated to busi­ness or fi­nances. That side of my brain is ac­tu­ally dead. I don’t even know how much money there is in my ac­counts. But I need to bring that back to life as it is high time I start look­ing at my fi­nances.

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