Shamshera was so hard to do, Ranbir Kapoor had conversations with God

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Actor Ranbir Kapoor launched the shamshera trailer in Mumbai on Friday. At the event, he talked about how challenging the process of making the dacoit drama was for him.

When asked if being in a big-budget multi-genre film makes him feel validated, Ranbir said, “It’s not validation. We worked very hard on a film for years. Like, two or three years we worked in Shamshera, so many years in Brahmastra. Even when I made Sanju, there was a lot of apprehension. But it’s not just about that). It is a collective of so many people who come together to make a film. Is not easy. If everyone had a formula, everyone would have been Mukesh Ambani. Nobody is. It is a challenge. It’s a big risk when you’re doing high-octane action performers. I hope the audience likes Shamshera because that is (our) only effort.”

Ranbir Kapoor has made notable performances in movies like Rockstar, Barfi, Rocket Singh Salesman of the Year, among others. In those movies, he played underdog characters. About transitioning to playing larger-than-life characters, he said, “It was very difficult for me (to make this movie). Karan (Malhotra, director) took my hand. One thing I lack as an actor is angst. I am not an angry person. I am a fun, happy and distant boy. Karan said, ‘How do I get the emotion of anger out of the character?’ He began to delve into my personal life. I wanted to tap into that side of me. So, it’s an association. I got a great creative partner in Karan. It was a very tough role and there were a lot of days where I was like ‘I can’t do this’. In addition to physical stress, there was mental stress. The emotions were up there. He was talking to God and saying, ‘I’m working hard. Give it back to me’. I went through those days and I’m glad I did. Without a director like Karan, I would not have been able to do this (role).”

Ranbir also said that he is happy that filmmakers are now offering him different types of movies and mature roles. He said: “Eight years ago, I wouldn’t be offered movies like Rowdy Rathore or Dabangg because I wouldn’t fit into those roles. Since I was a younger actor, I didn’t have that opportunity. It is also complicated. Being a part of well-made (films) is much easier than being a part of a good commercial masala artist, as it is a multi-genre film. It has action, comedy, romance, emotion, family. Has it all. And getting that amalgamation of emotions to work is very difficult.”

Ranbir Kapor’s last theatrical release was Sanju, a biographical film about the life of Sanjay Dutt. So what was it like sharing screen space with Dutt himself in Shamshera? Ranbir said: “This man (Dutt) standing next to me is my first idol, my hero. I had a poster of him. He has been a friend of the family. Then I was able to act like him, portray his life and now I have to fight him. The journey has been incredible. He treats me like his son, brother, friend. He calls me and yells at me when I’m making bad movies. When he was doing Barfi, he would make fun of me saying what he would do next, ‘Peda’ or ‘Ladoo’? He was adamant that he should have larger-than-life characters, and I think Shamshera is a positive step towards that.”

Shamshera, also starring Vaani Kapoor, will open in theaters on July 22.





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