Guess who is a fan of Ranbir Kapoor these days? None other than Amitabh Bachchan who is currently being seen as a lawyer in Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla. “Without saying much he manages to say anything. His face is God’s blessing. He doesn’t seem to make any effort to convey emotions whereas I’ve to constantly struggle to express myself, ask the director to help me. He needs none of that,” says Mr Bachchan.
Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor at the launch of Brahmastra logo
Just working in Ayan Mukherjee’s Brahmastra with Ranbir, said Mr B, is a learning experience. “All his films have been a learning graph. I find it very unusual the way he reacts. He doesn’t move any muscle and to convey so much feeling is a tough job. I always notice when he performs he doesn’t do much. And it’s not just his films, it’s even in his ads.
Amitabh Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor in conversation with filmmaker Ayan Mukherjee
Mr Bachchan went on to add that he envied Ranbir’s effortless acting. “Because I can’t do it.” Big B’s admiration for Ranbir’s craft goes back to Ranbir’s debut film. After Saawariya was released in 2007 Mr Bachchan said, “Ranbir is the storm. Sonam is the soft breeze. The narrative is almost like a Beethoven symphony where the thunderous sound of the orchestra is always followed by the soft thin flute, a symbolic interpretation of gentle desire and overpowering destiny. Have you heard Beethoven’s symphony? There’s a loud orchestra followed by a thin flute sound…This was the genius composer’s interpretation of desire and destiny…The destiny loud and ominous, the desire soft and gentle. It’s like the two protagonists in Saawariya.”
Looks like his admiration for Ranbir has only grown over the years. Brahmastra also stars Alia Bhatt and recently, the logo was revealed amidst much fanfare at the Kumbh Mela.