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‘I can’t dance’

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chat Ranbir Kapoor on his new film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

Ranbir Kapoor has a pimple on his forehead (which co-star Deepika Padukone gleefully points out) but that makes the star all the more one among us. Ranbir is a megastar today though his recent choice of films — Raajneeti, Rockstar, Barfi — have hardly been ‘commercial’. He tells us why he would rather be an actor than a star.

“In today’s day and age, an actor will be the new star. I have grown up watching Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Sunny Deol on the big screen — there is an aura to them, they have stardom. In those days, there was no media. We are lucky; today, the media has helped put us on a pedestal and we are ‘created’ stars. So it’s important for people like me to use the time we have here to build a body of work that will give us our little space in the industry.”

Considering his Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani song ‘Badtameez dil’ has become all the rage, one wonders on which occasion did his dil become badtameez ? There is a mischievous twinkle in his eyes as he looks at Deepika sitting next to him and says, “When you have beautiful co-stars like her, you do become badtameez ! But of course, there is a limit to doing badtameezi .”

His dance moves in ‘Badtameez dil’ remind one of his late grand-uncle Shammi Kapoor’s inimitable dancing style. “But I will let you in on a secret,” says Ranbir. “Neither he nor I are trained dancers. Technically, I am not a good dancer. If you watch carefully, my legs go somewhere and my hands elsewhere. But if you have a sense of rhythm and a smile it reaches the audience.”

In Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani , Ranbir reteams with ex-girlfriend Deepika – over the last couple of years, the two have charted their own professional course and grown to be friends too. “I had always expected Deepika to grow into a fine actress but didn’t realise it would happen so soon. When I worked with her this time, for the first time I felt intimidated by her. I know her strengths and weaknesses too well, but she surprised me.”

Ask how he deals with life under scrutiny and he jokes: “When they write about others, I feel good! Khud pe aati hai, toh band bajti hai .” On a more serious note, he adds, “I do understand that people are curious about our lives and there is a demand for such news today — who is dating whom, who is marrying whom or not…but one has to be focused. It’s a glamorous job and when your film releases on a Friday, people forget what has been written about you and only look at your work. So I guess we have to take it with a pinch of salt.”

kshama rao

bollywood news service

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