New Delhi: Actor Ranveer Singh exuded enthusiasm after a successful Bollywood debut with “Band Baaja Baaraat”. But his eagerness and frankness didn’t go well with the industry and the actor has now mended his ways and become cautious.
“I am very enthusiastic and excitable. That is the person I am. It’s really sad that in the initial stage, my enthusiasm was viewed negatively and misrepresented. You have to watch what you have to say. Yes, my experience has made me cautious, but I am going to retain who I am and I think people will get used to my extra energy and enthusiasm,” said Ranveer.
“I have got a lot to give and I have got a lot of energy. I hope with time people accept me as who I am,” he added.
The 27-year-old believes one cannot pretend for a long time and added: “At some level you have to be who you are and show who you are. If you will try to put a front, it can only be for some time. It becomes very taxing to be someone you are not.”
His enthusiasm was just as director Maneesh Sharma’s “Band Baaja Baaraat” bagged him his first Filmfare for the best male debut in 2010.
This was termed as ‘beginner’s luck’, but his next “Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl” too hit the bull’s eye at the box office and proved naysayers wrong.
But Ranveer is not resting on his laurels and says that “feeling relaxed and comfortable” is not seen as a good thing.
“I don’t want to get relaxed and comfortable. It will some way or the other lead me to be complacent which I don’t want,” he said.
“I think with every film you have to do something different. You can’t get comfortable or take it easily. You have to keep pushing the envelope and pushing the boundaries,” added the youngster who is trying new things with his new projects “Lootera”, “Ram Leela” and “Gunday”.
Asked if cutthroat competition has made him insecure in any way, Ranveer said that he doesn’t have that “competitive edge”.
“If I am in a situation that makes me comfortable, then my alarm goes off. I think I am in a very good wicket. I think filmmakers see me as a versatile actor and I think had a great start, have a great line up of films with me. I am really not insecure,” he said.
Without divulging details about Vikramaditya Motwane’s “Lootera”, he said: “In terms of performance, it is not something that people usually expect from me. I am very talkative, bright and chirpy in real life, but this is a part that is completely different from who I am. I surprised myself while playing the character. I hope people also get surprised by my work.”
In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Ram Leela”, he plays a rural boy from Gujarat.
“I think it is exciting for an audience to see the same actor get into different skin. For me, it is the most exciting part to get into the skin which is different from what you have done before,” he said.
Ali Abbas Zafar’s “Gunday”, in which he has teamed up with Arjun Kapoor, he will be seen as a Kolkata based thug.
“‘Gunday’ is a very different film. I like character with shades of grey or a bad guy with a heart of gold. These are characters I get more attracted to rather than clean cut good boys,” he said.
By Yashika Mathur/IANS