With “Shamshera” and “Brahmastra Part One: Siva” releasing back-to-back, Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor on Monday said he hopes his upcoming films will make up for his four-year absence from the big screen. The actor, whose last release was 2018’s “Sanju”, said he worked on two films for almost a year amid the COVID-19 pandemic and while taking care of his ailing father, late veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who died in 2020. happened.
“My last release was the ‘Sanju’ biopic which was exactly four years back. Then, we got hit by the pandemic for a year and a half. Since a year, my father was unwell, so it took a long time for his treatment abroad.
“I have been working on ‘Shamshera’ and ‘Brahmastra’, both big-ticket, long-haul films. Collectively, I shot for 350 days for both the films. I was working round the clock, and now Both these films are coming. I hope these lost four years are made of good entertainment for you,” Ranbir Kapoor told reporters here.
The actor was speaking at a promotional event for the film “Shamshera”, which released on Friday. He was joined by director Karan Malhotra as well as cast members Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor. Ranbir Kapoor, who played Dutt in Sanjay Dutt’s biopic ‘Sanju’, said he was obsessed with the Bollywood icon since childhood.
“He would look at me at his gym and ask ‘How are you still so weak?’ He would jokingly say, ‘You are doing ‘barfi’. What will you do next? Laddu, peda? Do some action films’. He tried to inspire me,” he recalled.
“Shamshera” is set in the 1800s and follows the story of a dacoit tribe, led by a titular character, fighting for their rights and independence from the British.
While Ranbir Kapoor plays the dual role of Shamshera and his son, Balli, Dutt plays Shuddh Singh, a ruthless cop tasked by the British to rein in the clan. Calling Dutt “India’s Thanos” in reference to the famous Marvel Comics supervillain, the actor said he had to work hard on his body to be on par with the veteran’s larger-than-life big-screen personality.
He said, “As an actor, it is your responsibility, an occupational hazard, that you have to work on your body… (and) I had to stand against that.”
Dutt described Shuddh Singh as a chubby character.
“He’s smart, dangerous, and when I hugged Karan, Shuddh Singh eventually got to be a wonderful character,” he said.
Ranbir Kapoor said his father is happy to work with Malhotra for an entertaining film like ‘Shamshera’ with him.
Rishi Kapoor, who passed away in 2020 after a two-year battle with leukemia, worked with the director in the 2012 film “Agneepath”.
“When I signed ‘Shamshera’, he was very happy because he always complained that my film choices were terrible. That those films don’t reach the common people, so he was excited that I signed ‘Shamshera’ Unfortunately, he couldn’t see the first look or the teaser. But I hope he is there, smiling and proud of me.”
Vaani Kapoor says she only has good memories of working in ‘Shamshera’. The actor plays Sona, a dancer and Bali’s girlfriend. To think of dust, wind, or storms. Every bit is memorable to me,” she added.
Ranbir Kapoor also addressed the viral memes on the song “Kesariya” from “Brahmastra” which released on Sunday. Directed by Ayan Mukerji and starring Alia Bhatt, the film will hit the theaters on September 9.
Soon after the song’s release, a section of social media users started commenting on how they found the use of the phrase ‘love story’ in the track sung by Arijit Singh a bit disturbing. The song is written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and composed by Pritam. Memes and trolling are a part of life, Ranbir Kapoor said, adding that he “loves” the phrase.
“We, as filmmakers and artistes, make something and it is up to the audience how they approach it. We are very excited about the song, it has got a lot of love… Enjoy, Pritam’s music, Arijit singing, Alia and my chemistry… that’s the effort. Well, I really liked the ‘love story’ bit.”
Yash Raj Films Production’s film ‘Shamshera’ also stars Saurabh Shukla and Ashutosh Rana.