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Ranbir plays politics

Hiding from TV cameras behind Katrina Kaif, sketching funny pictures during a press conference, sharing humorous anecdotes about Raajneeti –

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Published: Sat 29 May 2010, 6:54 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 12:51 PM

Ranbir Kapoor has been uncharacteristically boisterous at his recent media events to make the film look youth-friendly.

“Prakash Jha’s strategy of taking the political message of Raajneeti to various educational institutions and on so-called ‘serious’ public platforms has Ranbir worried. He doesn’t want the audience to think it is a political drama filled with real-life political tensions. Ranbir is employing every strategy he knows to divert attention from the politics of Raajneeti,” said a close friend. According to the friend, “Ranbir knows Raajneeti is poles apart from Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. But he wants the audience to know it’s a very entertaining and watchable drama. “Ranbir’s strategy sometimes goes against Prakash Jha’s sales-pitch. The director has been trying to focus on the political content rather than the stars. Ranbir’s antics during the recent press conferences counters the director’s attempts to highlight the theme of present day politics,” added the friend.

Even Jha doesn’t deny that there’s a dramatic change in Ranbir’s public conduct for Raajneeti. “There’s a definite attempt by Ranbir to lighten the atmosphere, to bring an element of ‘masti’ into our public discussions. But Ranbir and I have not planned any strategy. He is instinctively very sharp, focused and funny. He knows which button to press to get the gathering revved up. So yes, I’d say Ranbir is deliberately ‘lightening’ the atmosphere. But he isn’t messing with the gravity of the discussions,” said Jha.

The director is all praise for Ranbir’s intuitive grasp of the present day youth’s aspirations. “While discussing politics and youth, Ranbir said it’s definitely preferable to have people with basic common sense rather than plain education to run our country. It brought the house down.”

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