He’s the Bollywood heart-throb thousands of girls want to date. An actor par excellence with striking good looks whose unique ability to effortlessly pour himself into a character makes him one of the most sought-after actors in showbiz today. Be it the critically acclaimed Rocket Singh or the hugely successful Rockstar and Barfi, to name a few, it’s difficult to take your eyes off him when he is on screen. Moreover, he is an actor who can’t be conveniently pigeonholed. Such is his broad range of repertoire. Yes, we are talking about none other than Ranbir Kapoor, the Jagga Jasoos.
For Bollywood fans release of a Ranbir Kapoor film is always music to their ears. The icing on the cake this time is – the film itself is a musical.
Much to their delight, the long-awaited Disney and Pictureshuru Production’s Jagga Jasoos starring Ranbir Kapoor and the stunning Katrina Kaif will release this week (July 14). The musical adventure mystery, written and directed by the Barfi-maker Anurag Basu, will have Ranbir playing the role of a detective of sorts as he sets out on a hunt to find his missing father, with Kat’s character tagging along.
The musical comedy reportedly has 29 songs, all composed by the prolific Pritam. If Ranbir’s character in Barfi was mute, in Jagga Jasoos he stutters throughout the film. Interestingly, the only time when he would speak and express himself without a stutter is in the songs, all 29 of them.
With Jagga Jasoos actor Ranbir has added one more feather to his cap; he has debuted as a producer.
As part of the film’s promotion, the modest, yet confident actor spoke frankly about Jagga Jasoos and his experience as a co-producer in an exclusive telephonic interview with Asian Style Magazine.
By ANAND PILLAI
Anand: Jagga Jasoos has been delayed and as we know you have got some very exciting films at hand apart from Jagga Jasoos, so how did you manage to maintain the passion to complete this film and stay true to the film?
Ranbir: I think starting from the fact that I have believed in Anurag Basu’s vision. I really loved the idea he narrated to me three-and-a-half years ago and even though it took this long to make the film, you know he stayed true to his passion, he stayed true to his vision and his idea for the film. And just the core emotion that I felt when I heard the script, you know it remained in my mind and don’t really care about the time it’s taken to make the film. Of course, it’s hard, you lose patience, you get frustrated but eventually it’s the greater purpose and that’s to put out a good film. So I think all of us didn’t lose our patience and that’s only because of Anurag Basu. We all have immense love and respect for him.
It’s your maiden co-production, what have you learned as a producer during the making of this film?
Well, I think the first year I learned as a producer was that I won’t produce another film. It’s not my cup of tea. It’s not something that is my calling. I am very happy being an actor. I would love to direct a film. But I don’t think producing a film is something I enjoy.
Where did the inspiration for your unique hairstyle in the film come from? It reminds me of Tintin.
Well, I think a little inspiration came from there. But I think Dada (Anurag Basu) just wanted Jagga Jasoos to have a little bit of unique look to himself, something which is a bit strange, which is not normal. It’s the hairstyle his (Jagga Jasoos) father gives him before he goes missing and that’s why he maintains it all these years thinking that if his father sees him, he will at least recognise him by his hairstyle. You know there’s a nice logic in story behind that too and I was more than happy to don it.
In an interview director Anurag Basu has said that he has tried to make a feel-good film. In your view what do you think people will take away from the film?
Well, it’s a universal film. It’s a film that you would like to see with your entire family, your children will really enjoy it. There are certain values that he wants to address in this film. There’s a certain kind of entertainment, the visual effects are amazing, it’s a musical, it’s an adventure film, there is romance, there is comedy, there’s mystery. It’s like a different kind of masala film.
I saw the trailer of the film. You stutter so well. Needless to say, it’s sheer talent. How did you master it?
Well, it was challenging, because it can sound very jarring. It can look very jarring. It can look very fake and artificial. But you know I had Dada’s help. I did a lot of practice and with that you become the character, you surrender to it. But yes, initially it was a challenge.
What have been the best moments for you in the film?
You know since it has taken so long, you keep losing patience, but whenever I was on set with Anurag Basu and the entire cast and crew, there was always something magical happening. You know it’s wasn’t the run-of-the-mill situations, it wasn’t things I was probably doing in my other films, everything was a new experience. Everything felt like an adventure, you know the kind of scenes he created, the treatment, the music, the situations, the costumes. Dada made me sit on ostriches, he made me run on trains, he made me hide myself in a basket when I am naked, he made me do things which probably I would not do in real life and definitely not in other films.
Why should our readers go and watch Jagga Jasoos? What’s your message to them?
Well, it’s hard to hard-sell a film. You guys have seen the trailer, you guys liked the songs. All we can promise is it’s an entertaining film, it’s something that you can watch with your family. I have to say a big thank you for the love and support you guys have shown towards me and my other films.