Itís like a dream launch.
Absolutely, I donít think I could have had it better than this.
Was it a hard film to make? Was it difficult shooting your first film?
I wouldnít call it an easy film to make. I think am too new so I donít have experience to gauge it. But yes, it wasnít an easy process. We worked really hard. Mr Bhansali gave us everything that he had. He imparted all his knowledge of cinema and life to us, which helped us a lot. So, I wouldnít call it easy but I wouldnít call it difficult because he made it easier than it could have been for us.
What was the most difficult part of your first film, was it the dancing? I know you have taken lessons in ballet and jazz.
Yes, those are mandatory classes when you are in school. But I have not perfected ballet or jazz.
You have done a pretty good job of whatever little we have seen.
No, but there was a lot of work behind that. Like every aspiring actor when they start out they have to take up these mandatory classes. You do fight classes and dance and diction. I have gone through all of that. But if you are complimenting me on the songs that you see on screen then I think the credit goes to Mr Bhansali for his way of picturing songs. Yes, I did work hard and I rehearsed a lot. And the choreographer Mr Longi was brilliant. So, itís everyoneís efforts put together.
Was it awkward doing love scenes with a friend with whom you have literally grown up?
I donít think so because Sonam is amazingly beautiful and so it made it easier for me to romance such a pretty girl. I donít think it was awkward at all. Yes, I know what you are saying Ė you grow up with someone and then suddenly you are mouthing romantic lines for her but I think it came out very natural because of the way she looks and the way she is as a person.
How did you react when you saw yourself on the screen for the first time, whether it was the trailer or when you went dubbing?
You know honestly I cringed because I saw myself on the edit and I said, ĎI look like that and that is how I act!í That is because you have a different perception of yourself and also of what I have seen all my life. But when you see yourself it feels really odd. Also, I was always worried that people will catch me doing it wrong. But it was a wonderful feeling because when I went home and was thinking about it I slept with a smile on my face. So, it was a good feeling.
Okay now we will do a rapid fire round to get to know you better. Give honest, quick and short answers.
Who is the better actor Ė Amitabh Bachchan or Rishi
Who is the bigger Khan Ė Shah Rukh or
The face to look out for Ė Sonam Kapoor or Deepika
The film to watch this Diwali Ė Saawariya or Om Shanti
How much was your first pay
Wow! (smiles) It was more than I could ask for.
When was the last time you cried?
I cry often and I am not ashamed to say it.
When was the last time you got into a fight?
Never, I donít think I have ever gotten into a fight. Touchwood.
What do you never leave home without?
Who is on speed dial?
I read somewhere that you still get pocket money from your mum.
Yes, I do. Rs 1,500 per week.
The last film you watched in a theatre?
Chak De India.
A film of your dadís that you never want to see
With due respect to the director I think that should be Jai Hind - The Pride.
The last time you asked someone for an autograph.
If you were stuck on an island what are the three films that you would take with yourself that you could watch over and over again?
Shri 420, Life is Beautiful and
I think you did very well in this round. Finally, tell me what goes through your mind when you see the big hoarding of your film in
What is the first thing you said to yourself?
You know itís funny because before we started Saawariya, me and Sir (Bhansali) used to go for drives talking about the film and I would always pass Juhu and I would tell him that I cannot wait for the time when my banner goes up there. I used to say that I would just go there everyday, park my car and just look at myself up there.
The day the banner went up, on the music release day, I was supposed to meet Sir at Marriott. So, he said, Ďdonít meet at Marriott and donít come through Juhu, come through the back road because I want to take you somewhere.í So, we did that. I was driving the car and he said to me go towards Juhu beach and there I saw myself staring down at me.
I cannot explain that feeling; itís one of the most important moments of my life. If God came down and told me you are dying tomorrow and write the 10 best moments in your life then this is definitely one of the
That was the very dashing and charming Ranbir Kapoor Best of luck to him and of course looking forward to seeing him in Saawariya. This Kapoor will definitely do his family proud.