BY ANUJ RADIA
Ranveer Singh is one of a kind. His infectious energy, charming smile and dashing persona are what truly makes him a Bollywood heartthrob. Recently in an interview, the Padmaavat actor opened up on the reality of his stardom and celebrity lifestyle.
“Celebrity life is not easy. There is a lot of scrutinies. This is compounded with the coming of mobile phones and smartphones which have a camera. There is constant attention, sometimes too much of it,” Ranveer told an Indian daily in a recorded response from Mumbai.
“But this is something you take in your stride. If you decided to be an actor, then with that kind of territory comes to a lot of attention and I am only too happy to receive attention,” he added.
With great celebrity status comes great responsibility and Ranveer is learning to handle that.
“There are many things which you can do as a person who is not famous that you cannot do when you are a public figure. I have started understanding that slowly. But in the midst of all of this attention and noise sometimes, you cannot lose the focus of what is the most important (thing) — which is the core of what you do — which is acting in films,” he says.
The actor feels “being famous, being a celebrity, being in limelight and being a public figure” are all by-products of his profession.
“I always make it a point to not lose focus of what I am really here to do – which is to act in films. That time between ‘action’ and ‘cut’ is what I live for.”
The 32-year-old asserted he does not work with any load of pressure.
“Pressure is only pressuring if you take it as pressure. I think pressure stifles you. It will restrict you. I take each day as it comes, each gig as it comes and try and do my best at everything… It is just a habit, or has become a habit to try and give my best,” he said.
After making his debut, Ranveer has made a name for himself in the industry and a star on which people can place their bet on. There are more hits than misses in his filmography.
Ranveer is always looking to try out new things, and that is what prompted his decision to be part of the “Deadpool” universe.
Based on Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, “Deadpool” is the original story of a former Special Forces operative who turns into a mercenary and is now out to seek revenge against the man who nearly destroyed his life. Brought to India by Fox Star India, the film released last week in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
“This is not something I have attempted before. But that was the large part of the attraction. The fact that I was keen to do something new in the creative space (was also one of the reasons). This is something that presented itself out of nowhere and I really jumped at it because I saw ‘Deadpool’ and I really enjoyed it,” Ranveer said, adding that he is happy to be the face of irreverent humour.
Apart from Deadpool 2, Ranveer has films like Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, Rohit Shetty’s Simmba and Kabir Khan’s 83 in his account.