Boycott Bollywood calls baseless: Ranbir Kapoor

Actor was promoting his latest film 'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar'

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Published: Mon 27 Feb 2023, 3:02 PM

Ranbir Kapoor, whose upcoming film "Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar" is slated for release on March 8, has dismissed boycott Bollywood calls on social media as baseless.

The actor, who was promoting his latest romantic comedy, also denied reports that he was offered a biopic on cricketer Sourav Ganguly.

"If you ask me about any call about 'boycott Bollywood', I really find that baseless. There are so many negative things coming post-pandemic. Films are made for entertainment purposes, we are not saving the world. So audiences come to theatres to forget worries. They come to watch films on big screen, to have a good time. I just don't know (comprehend) the boycott thing," he told reporters.

Though the actor did not specify the context of his comments, most recently, Shah Rukh Khan's "Pathaan" faced boycott Bollywood calls over the costumes worn by Deepika Padukone. The actor, best known for his roles in "Barfi", "Wake Up Sid" and "Rockstar" among others, said though he was not offered any film on Ganguly, he is confident that a biopic on the cricketing icon would be special.

"Dada is a living legend, not just here but around the world. The biopic on him will be very special. Unfortunately, I was not offered this film. Don't know if the makers of the film are still writing the script.

"For 11 years, I have been working on a biopic of Kishore Kumar, the story written by Anurag Basu. I am hoping that is going to be my next biopic." Asked about the blockbuster performance of "Pathaan", which has earned more than Rs 1,000 crore at the box office, the actor said the spy drama's success has given a boost to the Hindi film industry.

"What Pathaan has managed to do, the film industry needed it. Very happy and grateful that 'Pathaan' has done that. And I think Shah Rukh Khan deserves all the success for 'Pathaan'. I have seen him as an actor, I have been able to work with him several times. He gave so much to this industry. I am very proud of him," he added.

Asked if switching over to a comedy is more relaxing and unwinding for an actor as compared to films with far more serious content, Kapoor said, "I feel rom-com genre is very hard. You don't really have a character there to hide behind, you have to reflect on your personality." The actor, who is sporting a lean look for "Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar", also spoke about the hard work that goes into showing off a chiselled body on the screen.

"Every actor showing abs on screen is a very sad person, he does not have anything to eat for three months, so that he can achieve some abs," he said.

About some of his movies turning super hits and some others flops, he said "every movie has its own destiny, you cannot label it. I am happy 'Brahmastra: Part One' which was released in 2022 and was in making for several years has been such a hit. We still have part two and three left. And I am excited for that." Reflecting on the hits and misses in his career of over 15 years, the actor said it is important to talk about one's failures and own them up.

"In my career of over 15 years, there have been around 18 films-- some of which have been successful and some others failures, commercially. As somebody from very early age, I am used to what is success and what is failure.... Failure always taught you something about yourself and it is very important to own your failures, to talk about your failures. I am very happy speaking about failures," he said.

Asked about the trolling that celebrities face on social media, the actor joked, "I am officially not on social media. I love to troll. I troll all my friends. It is said in jest, but sometimes trolls are below the belt."

"If they (fans) like us, they shower us with love. If not, they troll... eventually it is their money," he added.


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