Ranveer Singh, as we all know, has become famous for his high-octane energy off camera.
Be it the numerous award nights or movie promotions, there is never a disappointing or dull moment with the ever enthusiastic actor. How can we forget his quirky and ‘outrageous’ outfits? On Tuesday, the actor launched a new track 'You and Me' from his upcoming film, Aditya Chopra’s breezy and fun-filled romance Befikre, in which he will be portraying the character of a carefree lover opposite Vaani Kapoor.
However, while speaking to the media, Ranveer announced that his approach to his real life relationships is quite different.
"I am a little more traditional because those are my foundation, my formative years. I have grown up in an age when there was very little Internet and very little social media, connectivity and so on. So for me, my take on these things is a little bit more traditional because I am not an 18-year-old," he said.
He further added, “Young people across the world are very sure about themselves. The members of our directorial team were all youngsters and while interacting with 18-19-20 year olds, I could understand how much more liberal they are in their outlook when it comes to romantic relationships. So that was another kind of learning for me from Befikre.”
He does Befikre between two intense films, Bajirao Mastani and Padmavati (which has just starting its shoot), both helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
“It wasn’t by any calculation or design. I bagged the right kind of film at the right time, it has happened in that order. Bajirao.. was emotionally, physically and mentally draining, whereas Befikre is like something that was being prescribed by a doctor. It’s a happy film. Even the shooting process was reflective of that. We had a lot of fun. Whenever I would ask for Adi’s (director Aditya Chopra) suggestion, he would say, 'Don’t overthink it. Just come fresh and happy and that happiness will translate into the film.' We shot in some beautiful locations, in lovely light, there were humorous scenes and we were improvising with some sharp, collaborative minds. It was the happiest phase of mine and Adi’s life," reveals Ranveer.
Few weeks back, Befikre was mired in a controversy which was related to the ever-growing hypocrisy of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and its chief Pahlaj Nihalani. The trailer of the film, with a total of 12 kisses between the lead pair, was passed with U/A certificate. There is also a striptease where we see Ranveer in red underwear.
Ranveer justifies, “Actually Befikre is quite Indian at heart. There is an attempt to show the art of kissing with lot of love, laughter and warmth just like the way you hug. You won’t get offended. Nobody will cringe watching it.”
Further, elaborating on the point, he said, “There are different kinds of kisses. I have done my fair share of kisses on screen. These (Befikre) kisses, perhaps, you cannot count as hot and sexy. But I have done those as well, if you have seen the song, 'Ang laga de re' from Ram Leela. So there is a situation for a kiss, there is a certain feeling attached to every act of kissing, and that, of course, was quite passionate. These kisses have the feel of love and warmth. I have had the opportunity to explore both kinds of performances on screen. Anybody who’s intelligent will understand the difference. And according to me, Befikre is a family film with a happy feeling.”
He continues, “It is a film all about casual banter. There is lot of walking and talking, lot of humorous dialogues, we improvised a lot, we have done lot of long takes so there are hardly any cuts which is great for us as actors. There’s a casual quality about the relationship dynamics which adds immense amount of value to a film like this.”
The actor was seen making not-so-clean innuendos in a recently released behind-the-scenes video from the sets of Befikre, to which Shah Rukh Khan on the first episode of Karan Johar’s show, Koffee with Karan, while taking a dig at Ranveer, said, he was keen to know if Ranveer was wearing a padded underwear in the film. SRK admitted that he’d be impressed with the actor if he was not.
When asked for his reaction, Ranveer immediately said, “I have given the answer on the show itself and you will have to watch that episode.” Interestingly, Ranveer will be sharing the couch with his staunchest rival Ranbir Kapoor in one of the forthcoming episodes of Koffee With Karan; the episode was shot at Yashraj studios recently.
“The shoot was fantastic. Our responses were the Befikre kind,” laughed Ranveer.
However, when asked about having inhibitions while doing the striptease scene, Ranveer replied, “I am very comfortable in my own body. I am quite besharam (shameless) that way. For me, physical nudity means nothing. As an actor what I’m doing is letting you into a much more intimate part of me. When I’m going out on screen and I am emoting and I am really feeling in that moment, then I’m letting you into my soul, essentially. I cannot be more naked than that. There is no comparison between the two. I put a lot more on display, that’s a lot more intimate for me.”
Ranveer recently entered the Salman Khan territory as he replaced the superstar in a soft drink ad, and he also entered the Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan territory with him being the only actor to be directed by both, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Aditya Chopra, in addition to Bachchan and SRK.
“I am not stepping into anybody’s territory, I’m just taking things as it comes. Adi was very clear from the beginning when he conceptualised the film that he wanted to make it with me. He had spoken to me before he started scripting. My mentor wanted me to do it and I am very proud of it,” said Ranveer, who, in six years of his career has worked with these two top directors. Not many would get (or have gotten) this opportunity.
So are there any other directors on his wishlist?
“There are a lot of directors on my wishlist. I am hoping that in the near future I get to work with some really young and fresh minds, people with new ideas and new perspectives. I am hoping to work with the younger directors and it’s not just Adi Sir and Sanjay Sir. I've learnt a little bit from all my directors who are special to me, be it Zoya Akhtar, Vikramaditya Motwane, Maneesh Sharma, Shaad Ali. Of course, Adi and Sanjay have an equity of their own and I’m really proud that at this early stage of my career I have been the leading man to both of them.”
Lastly, what’s Ranveer’s take on the recent policy of demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 rupee notes? He says, “I am not into numbers, I don’t understand Maths or Economics. I don’t have any knowledge and I am not qualified to comment on it. Also, I’m Befikre about everything.”
Why are we not surprised.