Mumbai: Actor Ranbir Kapoor said Friday he is not an angry person in real life. Lack of anger worked against him initially when he took up the role of a fearless warrior in his upcoming movie Shamshera. RanbirKapoor has collaborated with filmmaker Karan Malhotra for the period action movie. It chronicles the story of a dacoit fighting for the cause of his tribe and independence from the British.
Ranbir was present at the film’s trailer launch event here. He said he lacks ‘angst’ as an actor and Malhotra had to work extra hard in tapping that side of his personality.
“It was very hard for me (to do this film). Karan held my hand. One thing I lack as an actor is angst. I am not an angry person. I am a fun-loving, happy and detached guy,” Ranbir said.
“Karan struggled with angst and we sat together a lot. He was like, ‘how do I extract the emotion of anger from you for the character’. He started going deeper in my personal life, into my past, because he wanted to tap into that side of me,” the 39-year-old actor told reporters.
Ranbir credited Malhotra, the director of Agneepath (2012) and Brothers (2015), for forging a great creative partnership with him.
“I got a great partner in Karan. It was a very hard role and there were many days when I was, ‘I can’t do this’. Apart from the physical stress, the mental stress of playing this part, of this high octane world, the emotions were up there,” Ranbir pointed out.
“I was like talking to God and saying ‘I am working hard, please give it back to me’. I went through those days but I’m glad I did the role. Without a director like Karan, I wouldn’t have been able to do this,” Ranbir added.
Shamshera is Tanbir’s first movie as an action hero. The actor said that earlier filmmakers would not approach him for such parts. He also said he got bored with ‘my comfort zone’ and the kind of movies he was doing.
“After 15 years in the industry as an actor, you have to keep challenging yourself and pushing the boundaries. No director ever really saw me in films like this. I’m really grateful that Karan offered me a role like this because I was not getting such offers. They usually saw me as a coming of age or a romantic guy,” Ranbir stated.
“So I jumped onto this offer because I knew this film has the potential to speak to a larger audience, to speak to an audience who love going to the cinemas for the movie experience,” Ranbir added.
Ranbir’s last theatrical release was 2018’s Sanju, a biographical drama movie on Sanjay Dutt’s life, and now he shares the screen space with the veteran in his latest film Shamshera.
Ranbir said Dutt was his ‘first idol, my hero’ since childhood. “I have had a poster of him, I got to know him. He has been a family friend. Then I got to act as him and got to portray his life. Now I got him to be my nemesis. The journey has been unbelievable,” Ranbir said.
“He treats me like his son, a brother and a friend. He calls me and shouts at me when I am doing bad films… He also insisted that I should make larger-than-life movies and I believe Shamshera is the positive step towards that,” he added.
Dutt, who plays ‘Daroga Shudh Singh’, said he was excited to collaborate with Malhotra again after Agneepath, in which he played the iconic villain ‘Kancha Cheena’.
“Karan creates ‘ajeeb’ (strange) villains and he gives me such good villain parts. The character is a dangerous and cunning man… It is fun to play these characters. I am so happy to work with Karan. He has certain things in his mind, he loves making high octane films,” Dutt said.
Vaani Kapoor, who plays Sona in the movie, said Shamshera is a ‘cinematic experience, a larger-than-life’ movie.
“I have never been part of a film like this before. I am a huge fan of Karan Malhotra’s previous film Agneepath and I got the opportunity to work with Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt, whose work has always inspired me,” she said.
Malhotra revealed that ‘Yash Raj Films’ head Aditya Chopra came with the core idea for Shamshera, after he penned the screenplay with his wife Ekta Malhotra.
Shamshera is set to hit the theatres July 22. It will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.