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Ranbir Kapoor
Also known as: Daboo, Ganglu
Actor • Special Appearances • Assistant Director • Singer • Producer
Born: September 28, 1982 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
One of the most versatile performers in contemporary Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor hails from a family of acting legends and yesteryear superstars who have graced the silver screen for several generations now. An alumnus of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, he started out in the industry as an assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali in the film Black (2005). This was followed by a scintillating acting debut in Bhansali`s Saawariya (2007) which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut that year. Since then, Ranbir has consistently proven that he is the true heir to the rich legacy of a family that`s essentially Bollywood royalty, through a number of stellar performances.


Following his schooling at Bombay Scottish School, Ranbir went to junior college at the HR College of Commerce and Economics. He then headed to New York to studying filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts. Citing the experience as fruitless, Ranbir then took up acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. He soon returned to Mumbai to pursue an acting career.

Ranbir`s parents Rishi and Neetu Kapoor are both actors, while his late grandfather was the legendary actor, producer and director Raj Kapoor. Kapoor`s late great grandfather is Prithviraj Kapoor, a pioneer of Indian cinema and theatre. His cousins Karisma and Kareena Kapoor, too, are actresses but his elder sister Riddhima Kapoor prefers to lead a non-filmy life, and works as an interior and fashion designer.

The actor`s personal life has been much talked-about ever since he shot to fame. In 2008, during the filming of Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ranbir got romantically involved with co-star Deepika Padukone. The two began dating, and the media was soon abuzz with engagement rumours. However, they parted ways after almost an year of being together.

Post his break-up with Deepika, Ranbir Kapoor became less open about his relationships, but after much media speculation, admitted to dating Bollywood superstar Katrina Kaif in an interview in 2015. In early 2016, reports said that the two had broken up.

In 2007, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali cast Ranbir Kapoor in Saawariya, where he played an artist who falls in love with a woman who doesn`t reciprocate his feelings. Although the film wasn`t too well received, Ranbir won the Filmfare Award for the Best Male Debut for his performance. He then went on to act in Yash Raj Films` 2008 romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno, along with Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu, and Minissha Lamba. The film went on to be a commercial success and was the first hit of the actor`s career. The following year, he starred in director Ayan Mukherji`s Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. Ranbir picked up a Critics Award for Best Actor for all three of the films, reinforcing his credentials as both an actor and a star. In 2010, Ranbir Kapoor delivered a stellar performance in Prakash Jha`s political thriller Raajneeti, and received a Filmfare Best Actor nomination for it. His next film Anjaana Anjaani, opposite Priyanka Chopra did not do too well at the box office, with Kapoor coming under criticism for a sub-par performance.

The actor quickly picked himself up with an award winning performance in Imtiaz Ali`s drama film, Rockstar, in 2011. The following, year his role in the rom-com Barfi! cemented Ranbir`s status as one of Bollywood`s leading stars. Barfi! is his first film to earn over a billion rupees at the box office, and the actor received a lot of praise for it. His role in Ayan Mukerji`s 2013 film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani saw him deliver one of his best performances of all time. The film earned over three billion rupees, ranking as one of Bollywood`s highest grossing films, ever.

However, a slew of disappointments followed Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The action comedy Besharam (2013) proved to be a critical and commercial disappointment, and failed to live up to any of its hype. Following a year`s break, the actor appeared in the movies Roy, Anurag Kashyap`s Bombay Velvet, and Tamasha. Although he was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Tamasha, all these 2015 released films bombed at the domestic box office.

In 2016, Ranbir was cast alongside Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Fawad Khan in Karan Johar`s romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The movie was well-received and was declared a box-office hit. Following the success of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Ranbir was seen in Anurag Basu`s 2017 adventure comedy Jagga Jasoos, where he shared screen space with Katrina Kaif. In 2018, the actor essayed the titular role in the biographical drama Sanju, which was based on the life of actor Sanjay Dutt and directed by Rajkumar Hirani. His 2022 releases include Shamshera and Ayan Mukerji`s directorial Brahmastra.
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Did You Know? (23)

  • Ranbir Kapoor was the initial choice for the lead role in Sui Dhaaga, but had to decline the offer due to scheduling conflicts. He was later replaced by Varun Dhawan.
  • Ranbir Kapoor took 6-7 weeks to get into each character for Sanju. He worked out, grew his hair and even starved himself for the film.
  • While preparing for his role in Sanju, Ranbir Kapoor felt that the hardest challenge was to identify the inner struggles of Sanjay Dutt and portray it on screen rather than getting the looks right.
  • To prepare for the role in Rockstar, Ranbir Kapoor lived with a Jat family in Pitampura and studied their mannerisms.
  • After retirement from movies, Ranbir Kapoor wishes to become a football coach.
  • Ranbir Kapoor is the first boy from the Kapoor family to complete college.
  • Ranbir Kapoor is a trained Jazz and Ballet dancer, knows horse riding, and also learnt to play guitar for his role in the movie Rockstar.
  • Ranbir Kapoor is named after his grandfather Raj Kapoor, whose original name was Ranbir. Also, Ranbir Kapoor's middle name is Raj.
  • While travelling in a car, Ranbir Kapoor has the habit of adding up the digits on the number plate of every vehicle passing on the road.
  • Apart from acting, Ranbir Kapoor is very good at mimicking Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt.
  • Ranbir Kapoor usually prefers to wear mismatched socks.
  • In 2010, Ranbir Kapoor was voted the "Sexiest Asian Man" in a poll conducted by the magazine Eastern Eye.
  • The main reason why Ranbir Kapoor joined the film industry was because he wanted to feature in a Pepsi Advertisement.
  • Ranbir Kapoor once happened to drink his father's after shave by mistake and had to be immediately rushed to a hospital to get his stomach pumped.
  • Ranbir Kapoor got his ear pierced for the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013).
  • Actor Ranbir Kapoor went on house arrest while shooting for the movie Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year because he did not want to reveal his look for the movie.
  • Ranbir Kapoor claims that actor Imran Khan's wife Avantika Malik was his teenage crush.
  • Ranbir Kapoor claims that his mother cut his nails right until he left his parents' bungalow.
  • Ranbir Kapoor has a deviated septum, which he got from falling onto the toilet pot as a child. This is why he sports a cut on his right cheek and breathes from his mouth, causing him to talk and eat extremely fast.
  • Although he watches a lot of his father Rishi Kapoor's films, Ranbir Kapoor admits to feeling too 'shy' to watch his mother's films as he's uncomfortable with the idea of people judging her by her work on-screen.
  • Ranbir Kapoor admits to being a candy crush addict.
  • Niddhi Agerwal is a self-confessed fan of Ranbir Kapoor and Leonardo DiCaprio, and hopes to work with them some day.
  • While Alia Bhatt also pitched her suggestion for the movie's title, it was Ranbir Kapoor who suggested the title of Imtiaz Ali's Jab Harry Met Sejal, with little help from Karan Johar who suggested to add 'Jab' in the title. Shah Rukh Khan then rewarded Ranbir with INR 5000.
  • Personal Quotes (21)

  • "I prefer to let my work speak for myself and I like to communicate with my fans through the kind of films that I do."
  • "I've watched my mom's films, but I was not comfortable. People would judge her and I don't like anyone else judging my mother. I am possessive about her."
  • "I'm actually pretty shy in real life. But I guess in front of the camera, I focus."
  • "I want to reach the heights of stardom beyond my imagination."
  • "I'm really close to my mother. She sacrificed a lot for me and my sister. She gave up her career. Whatever I am today is due to the values my mother instilled in me."
  • "Money has never been my drive. I have never seen the shortage of money in my life, so for me, I don't want to buy a silk pillow or a private jet... My drive is to achieve more than what my grandfather achieved; my drive is to make a name for myself, get rid of this 'star son' tag that has been attached to me."
  • "Relationships are hard. If as an actor you marry an engineer or a doctor, it's really hard for them because they don't understand what your life is like. We live two lives. We have a 'reel' life and a real life."
  • "Promotions are the worst part of making a movie. We are actors and not salesmen. Still, you have to go to so many places to try and sell the movie."
  • "I am not here to beat anyone. I am here to make a name for myself, and I am glad to work with great directors. I don't believe in the term 'next superstar.'"
  • "Movies are a director's medium, and they end up getting less credit than actors. They get the flak if the movie doesn't do well, and the actor walks away with most of the credit if the film does well."
  • "The first time I thought I should be an actor was in school. I thought, 'At least this is something for which I won't have to study.' But I've realised that an actor needs to be constantly unsure about what he's doing and about what's going on around him. The moment you think you've nailed it, you're dead."
  • "For me, intelligence reigns all. A woman’s mind is far more capable and stronger than that of men. I’m not saying this just because of the recent wave of feminism. I feel I’ve always gravitated towards smart girls who have a better outlook than me, on every situation. Beauty and sensuality do matter, but it is her mind that keeps you hooked."
  • "I believe that God has given us a few brain cells and you have to direct them at the right things that make you happy."
  • "If you are an actor, and you talk about your relationship and God forbid it does not end in marriage, we live in a very judgemental society. Women are judged even more for their lifestyle. Since it is a little unfair, I’d rather not talk about it."
  • "Love is very important for me. There are lots of ordinary things in life, so love should be extraordinary. I hope I am able to achieve that."
  • "Stardom is really fickle and temporary, it’s only hard work and the kind of work you do that really speaks."
  • "Today, the paparazzi are not just photographers: everyone has a cell phone with a camera. If they see an actor, they click pictures to show it to their friends or have it on their phones and, as an actor, I don't see anything wrong with it."
  • "I believe that working with good people matters because then the work environment is good. If there is a sense of respect and belief among the people you work with, that is when good work is done."
  • "Happiness exists only if you have a lot of people to share it with."
  • "There is always that one person in our lives who we deeply love, and that person can also destroy us."
  • "I don't have any winning formula. I just work with my heart, putting in a lot of hard work."
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