Ayodhya verdict more imp than a film's release says Ranbir
Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, who persuaded producer Sajid Nadiadwala to push back the release of Anjana Anjani by a week, says maintaining peace following the Ayodhya verdict is more important than a film's release.
Ranbir's movie Anjana Anjani which was slated to hit the screens worldwide on September 24 has been postponed till October 1 as the release date coincides with the verdict to be pronounced by the Allahabad High Court into the long pending Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Mosque dispute.
"Release of a film is a happy occasion and time to celebrate. I still remember the images of the Babri demolition, the blasts... The verdict is more important than a film's release. The decision can go in anybody's favour which may create an unfavourable atmosphere. It's not a good day to celebrate rel11ease of a movie. You just want to be there for the country," Ranbir told PTI.
The 27-year-old actor said he just put across his thought of putting off the release by a week to the producers which they agreed. "Lot of money is at stake for the producers. The prints had already reached the theatres. The concern is not people coming to the theatres. If they don't come on Friday, they will come the next day if the film is good," he said.
Ranbir said Anjana Anjani directed by Siddharth Anand was a simple love story where he plays Akash, a weak character. "He is an investment banker and has lost everything. When he decides to end his life, he meets Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) and spend 20 days together, doing things they have never done in their life. They learn to appreciate love and life," he said.
He said shooting for Anjana Anjani took up to New York after nine years. "I used to study there and New York is my favourite city after Mumbai," Ranbir said.
The actor said success of his last two movies, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani and Raajneeti have not put pressure on him. "Just like country is bigger than a movie, a movie is bigger than an actor," the young actor said.
"I am a very detached person. Once my work in a film is over, it is out of my system. I leave it to the audience to accept it or reject it. I believe that if success goes in your head, you are a changed person. Fortunately that has not happened to me," he said.
The young actor said he was very selfish when it comes to his career. "I prefer good scripts. Wake Up Sid, Rocket Singh, Raajneeti, Ajab Prem...' were all of different genres. Even though Sawariya was a disaster, it is the most important film of my life and have no regrets doing it," he said.
Ranbir said the first week of October was very important for his family since a week after Anjaana Anjaani, his parents' movie Do Dooni Char will hit the screen.
"They will be seen together after 30 years. Here, they are not the popular screen pair of Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh who danced to several popular songs of the 1970s, they are middle class characters who have played their part with perfection and realism. I saw the film two months ago and realised for the first time that my parents have been a powerhouse of talent," he said fondly.
The self-professed "mamma's boy" said before taking up the movie, his mother Neetu did a lot of "drama" about how she would learn her lines, do her make up. "She also said she has grown old and her eyesight had become poor. But, she is a very good actress," he said.
Ranbir said he cannot do anything without his mother. About his other movie Rockstar which is under production, Ranbir said he was blessed to have got a chance to work with grand uncle Shammi Kapoor.
"Even at this age, his optimism about life is an inspiration. Myself and Imtiaz Ali (director) persuaded him to two hours to take up the movie. Now he SMSs me to thank that facing the camera has given him confidence and hope of doing more work and returning to movies
Out of the 12 days he was in Delhi for the shoot, he shot for six days. All arrangements were made for his dialysis," he said. When asked about his other projects, Ranbir said he would shoot for Rockstar till September 24 and later do Anurag Basu's Silence opposite Priyanka Chopra.
Referring to constant speculations about his personal life, Ranbir said, "Earlier, I did not hide my girlfriend and now I am saying I am single. I am not lying. When the media links me up with someone, I feel bad. I have always spoken the truth and there is no reason why I should lie now." He said he felt embarrassed and shameful when he is asked questions about alleged link-ups.