Not Ranveer Singh, THIS Bollywood actor was first choice for Band Baaja Baraat (File Photo)
Ranveer Singh, who is one of the leading actors of Bollywood, opened up about the mystery behind his success in the film industry over the years.
Talking about his debut film Band Baaja Baarat, the 32-year-old actor said, "Ranbir Kapoor said no to Band Baaja Baaraat. YRF was looking for a new face I got a call and I knew this was the opportunity I was waiting for. I kept my face safe and didn’t do modelling or music videos. And then I got a massive launch, essentially for an ‘outsider’, opposite a reasonably recognisable star Anushka Sharma."
However, Ranveer still finds it hard to believe he is one of the successful young stars of Bollywood and wake up every day thinking that he is living a dream.
Although he ought to be pinching himself till the date to accept the reality, one thing he is sure about is that his success in the film industry is for his hard work and determination only. The Padmaavat star took many risks and went through a 'routine drill' to get a massive launch by a banner as big as Yash Raj Films.
"I struggled for three years in Mumbai, with my portfolio in my hand. I went through the routine drill. I made my own luck. I put myself in that position that where that good wave comes and you can flow with it," PTI quoted Ranveer at News18 Rising India Summit.
Ranveer said his mentor and producer Aditya Chopra had made him aware that he is "not a conventionally good-looking boy. He said 'my son you have to act really well if you want people to like you', which is a polite way to say you are ugly."
The actor, however, said the gossip that his father had put in money to launch his Bollywood career was heart-breaking and took away the thrill of his maiden success. Ranveer said by putting faith in him, Chopra set a great example of promoting actors on the basis of talent and not legacy.
"Aditya Chopra realised star system was killing the industry at that time. He realised the need of the hour was to give actors break on the basis of talent and not legacy. He started with Anushka followed by me. And mine was a great example. A leading man suddenly born out of a sheer auditioning process," he said.
Ranveer is known for his energetic persona and flamboyance, but the actor said this was not the case when he started out in the industry as he thought as an actor he was supposed to please everyone.
"When I first came to into the limelight I was very nervous. I was famous three days after my first film released. I didn’t grow up around anybody famous so I was confused how to deal with this beast. This fame or stardom hit me like a truck. I was struggling with that hit for three years till the time I got critical acclaim for Lootera and critical/commercial success of Ram-Leela."
"I didn’t know who to be? how to be? what to say or do? Every decision was affected by this notion that I want people to like me as we are in the business of making people like us. I was making affected decisions in my dressing or domineer thinking that this is how a young upcoming actor is supposed to be," he said.
The Bajirao Mastani star said he has now realised it is better to be himself as success and fame are momentary possessions. The actor, who is also a fan favourite when it comes to clicking pictures or interacting with them, said he takes it as his responsibility to be good to his audience and make them smile.
On the personal front, Ranveer is likely to tie the knot with lady love Deepika Padukone anytime soon. Well, while an official announcement is yet to be made by the couple if the speculations turn out to be true we might hear the wedding bells ringing soon for Ranveer and Deepika.
Ranveer, who can’t stop gushing about the success of Padmaavat, is currently busy shooting Zoya Akhtar's forthcoming Indian Bollywood musical drama Gully Boy. Also starring Alia Bhatt in the lead, Gully Boy is scheduled to hit theatres on February 14, 2019.
Post that, Ranveer will also be seen in another bunch of upcoming movies like Simmba, Kabir Khan's next based on 1983 World Cup, Dhoom 4 and others. Hence, one can say that the Ram Leela star is currently going through the best phase of his career with an amazing line-up of movies.