'Anushka Sharma Is A One-Take Actor, I Believe In Rehearsals And That Was Annoying For Her': Birthday Boy Ranveer Singh On Band Baaja Baaraat Co-star - Throwback

Here's how birthday boy Ranveer Singh went from being an outsider to one of the successful stars of Bollywood. Read on!

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'Anushka Sharma Is A One-Take Actor, I Believe In Rehearsals And That Was Annoying For Her': Birthday Boy Ranveer Singh On Band Baaja Baaraat Co-star - Throwback
When I  first spoke to Ranveer Singh on the day after  his debut film Band Baaja Baaraat released in 2010, he was respectful, attentive, eager to learn. We spoke at length about the response to the film and his career. And Ranveer said, “Thank God, no one says any more than my debut was financed by my father. That to me is my biggest victory.”

Ranveer Singh was spoilt for choices. "I think after Band Baaja Baraat I need to do a completely contrasting character. Someone who is not loud, opinionated and unsophisticated." The suffering of waiting was  over for this debutant who came in from the outside. Brimming  with enthusiasm Ranveer had said to me in 2010, “Not since Akshay Kumar and John Abraham has there been a male lead from outside the industry  getting such positive reactions.I just hope my example encourages  talent from outside. Because right now the perception is that outsiders don’t stand a chance. I had no reference like mine to give me hope  when I was going through my struggle period.”

One call from Yashraj Films changed Ranveer’s life. “It was completely out of  the blue from the casting director Shanu Sharma. I remember I was out on a date when (casting  director) Shanu Sharma kept calling. I avoided her calls for as long as I could because I had other things on my mind at that moment. Imagine if I had not taken the call from Yashraj for a fling that lasted exactly ten days! Anyway the next day I was at Yashraj doing two scenes. I got called back in three days. Later Adi Sir(Chopra) told me he had made up his mind immediately.” Also read: THROWBACK To The Time When Karan Johar Saw Ranveer Singh On 'Band Baaja Baaraat' Poster And Thought 'Who Is Going To See This Film'

In  the same 2010 interview,  Ranveer said he was pleased he didn’t get a conventional romantic debut. “The story in Band Baaja Baaraat  is terrific. And my character Bittu was so much fun for me to play because he’s  so far removed from my own world. It was more than I could ever ask for.I was more than happy to be  a simple character in a  simple story. Not too many newcomers can dream of  a break like Band Baaja Baaraat, certainly not someone unconnected with  the film industry.”

Catty elements within the  industry had spread the rumour that his  father,a prosperous business man, had financed  the film. Confesses the young polite actor, “Yes, that hurt on several levels. Such ugly  rumours took away from my pleasure at being the first solo-hero to be launched by Yashraj.Yeah…it was upsetting . My father and my  family’s pride that I had made it on my own got blunted when it was said that they financed my debut film. It was like  taking away from my little achievement. I was upset more for my parents  than myself.  I was also upset with Yashraj. Did they need my father’s money to make a  film? The entire film industry knows Yashraj doesn’t need to do all this.It’s  absurd. They  don’t need anyone’s money to make  films.Certainly not my father’s.”

Ranveer maintained he was “very  good friends” with co-star Anushka Sharma, though they bickered non-stop  like their characters in Band Baaja Baaraat. “She and I are  very good friends. How can I  change that truth just because it sounds clichéd? We came from two different schools of filmmaking. I’m a trained actor. She never attended any acting school.As a model she  had faced the camera before acting and had already done two films before Band Baaja Baaraat. She is a one-take actor. I believe in lots of rehearsals. And that was very annoying for Anushka because her first take was the best. We had to reach a middle ground before we could get along.In hindsight I  feel I was rehearsing  more than necessary because it was my first  film.I learnt from her to be spontaneous. But the fact that we  had to  be at loggerheads on screen was certainly helped by  our constant friction in the sets about our approach to acting.”

Thankful for  the  success, Ranveer in that  same interview that he hope every newcomer gets a supportive co-star like Anushka. As for the rumours about Ranveer and Anushka the  then-newcomer said, “I was too much into my work to even think  about those rumours.I just wanted to  perform well. That was my only concern. In fact I was casually dating a girl when that call from Yashraj changed my  life. I’ve never been in a  serious  relationship so far. And now  my career has just started.It feels cool. I had told my father  a long time ago that I’d be an actor. My dream has come true. But my  family is not used to the  gossip and  rumours.”

And to think Ranveer thought of changing his name  because there was already a Ranbir around. “I am glad I didn’t. This is my name. This is  my destiny.I’m just so  happy .”He’s signed for three films with Yashraj. “But it is non-exclusive. I was waiting for my first release and so was the industry. Now they know  I wasn’t signed because my father paid for my dream.Adi too has plans for me though I don’t know what they are. He loves playing poker with people.”

 Ranveer Singh’s superstardom is some day going to be  a part of folklore. He came in from the  outside and was considered  quite  a brash, loudmouthed  exhibitionist.One  extremely influential filmmaker  called him “Another Vivek Oberoi”. “I wonder what Aditya Chopra had seen in him?” this eminently  successful filmmaker had wondered. We now  know the answer:  the same  thing that Deepika Padukone saw in Ranveer.

The brashness and bravado hide a personality that triumphs over  all cynicism. Ranveer is loud, but not shrill. As in singing,  in acting holding your pitch in the higher notes is a Himalayan task. Ranveer  resides on the highest notes  of  the musical mountain and still manages to be coherent, fluent and persuasive.

Not an easy task considering the tonal inflexions obtainable to a soprano singer are denied  to actors  in our  film industry. But then, Ranveer doesn’t listen  to any songs that don’t play in his own head. He  is a child of caprice. He will take what he  wants without caring  about how it makes  him look to the outside world.

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