Would love to play negative role: Ranbir Kapoor (Interview)

Vancouver, April 6 (IANS) Ranbir Kapoor wants to play the baddie, but the star of movies like “Rockstar” and “Barfi!” says no director is ready to accept him in such a role.

“I would love to play a negative role, something that is like an anti-hero. Something without guitars, rose and without a heroine. I have been asking this for quite a long time, and I hope the directors are hearing me out and come out with scripts like that,” the 30-year-old told IANS.

He spoke on the sidelines of the first edition of the Times Of India Film Awards (TOIFA) here. He will host the awards night Saturday.

Indian cinema is celebrating its 100 years, and Ranbir says a significant change over time is the fact that there are “challenging roles for actors today, unlike past when an actor kept on doing same kind of roles for three to four years”.

“I think the time when films like ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Lagaan’ came into being, that was the period when we noticed the slight switch in storytelling. I think cinema has kind of evolved after that. Also, I think every hero was playing the same character over three to four years in the past, but right now there is so much diversity in characters,” said the young hearthrob from Bollywood’s famous Kapoor family.

Ranbir has himself managed to maintain a great variety in his roles – be it a free-spirited boy in “Saawariya”, a loverboy in “Bachna Ae Haseeno”, a carefree college boy in “Wake Up Sid”, a ruthless manipulator in “Raajneeti”, a struggling singer in “Rockstar” or a deaf and mute innocent boy in “Barfi!”.

“There are so many challenging roles now. There are more stories to tell. Back then, there were more society problems (in films). Now, we have wider things to make,” he added.

Of late, Bollywood has seen a lot of remakes – the latest being “Himmatwala” and “Chashme Baddoor”. But Ranbir doesn’t care much for remakes.

“I don’t believe in remakes and so far I haven’t done it. I never say never, but golden films can never be made again. I am very happy with the kind of original work that is going around in the industry,” he added.

The actor will be next seen in “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”. The film, directed by Ayan Mukerji, also stars Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur. It hits theatres May 31.

Ranbir will also play lead in a biopic on late actor-singer Kishore Kumar.

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