Ranveer Singh had a phenomenal 2018 year and has already made one for 2019 with his upcoming album "Gully Boy", due out this week. This is his second outing with Zoya Akhtar and his first film with Alia Bhatt, and it is already generating so much noise due to the tribute paid to the rapper community of Mumbai. Singh is ready to once again amaze the public, like Akhtar in the darkness of Akhtar, to that of shantytowns.
BizAsia Live .com with the actor before the premiere of the Berlinale and the release of the film
Congratulations for the last year. "Padmaavat" (2018), "Simmba" (2018), and you got married too.
What a year it was really amazing. Starting the year of 'Padmaavat' with this kind of success … it's as good as possible. Then I thought that few people could overtake him, then 'Simmba' arrived. For me, this has opened a whole new dimension. It was a new genre, the first time I was "in and as". I did not think it would become the kind of success he knew. "Padmaavat" was to arrive the previous year, but he was delayed and entered the same year.
It was very encouraging to see what happened after "Simmba" and especially after the release of the trailer for "Gully Boy", I've always tried, very consciously, to To be recognized as a versatile artist. Someone whose filmography is very diverse, someone who is able to play a very wide variety of characters. It came a little bit in 2014 with 'Lootera' and 'Ram Leela' coming out the same year. Then a little in 2015 when "Dil Dhadakne Do" and "Bajirao Mastani" came out the same year. Then, after Padmaavat and Simmba, the same year, and in the back of the trailer of Gully Boy, the speech on the versatility of my repertoire makes sense. It's very comforting for me because that's what I've always wanted to be. I try to be the best actor I can be, and for me, the best actors are the most versatile actors, because there is neither good nor bad actor, there is neither better nor worse, it is is subjective. How far can you be regarded as an artist who improves? As an artist more and more versatile. Growing up, I thought the best actors were the ones who were completely different in everything they did. I'm just trying to be recognized as a versatile artist. And now, after 2018, with "Gully Boy", this conversation is really important and I'm really happy with it, because it means that I'm successful somewhere to reach my goal.
Your looks for "Gully Boy", it reminds me a lot "Baara Baaraat Band". Eight years later, do you feel that your appearance is complete?
I think it has to do with the natural, the soft hair and the lean physique. You have to stay true to the character's requirements. I always try to change my appearance and my physique according to the nature of the character. This guy is a young kid in his twenties, he goes to college, much like this Delhi boy, Bittu Sharma. Here is the similarity in terms of age and demographics perhaps. So I think that's where the fundamental similarity is.
I do not think anybody experiences as much as I do with their appearance. "Ram Leela", "Bajirao Mastani", "Dil Dhadakne Do", "Simmba", Khilji are all completely different. It's something I really stumble on. I like to make these radical changes in my appearance when I play different characters. This is the last part of my description. My wife jokes with me: every six months, when I go from movie to movie, she meets a new person. This is something that I do for the sake of characterization. I am always someone who makes distinctive choices in characterization. I try to change and transform at all levels, the voice, the way I walk, talk, sit down, change my appearance. Having this kind of transformable quality is very important to me. It means that I grow and evolve as an actor.
"Gully Boy" is not just the story of a rapper trying to do it, it's much more than he tries to transcend his class, going against his parents. What kind of personal connection do you think you have with the character?
I find that the story and the character can be told to a very large number of young people because he is facing some sort of fairly universal conflict. When I watched the rushes of the film, I told Zoya "the most amazing part of your movie is that yeh har ghar ki hai hai hai, yeh har ladke ya ladki ki kahaani hai." At one moment, everyone is confronted with this conflict: what is it that you want to do with your life? Do you want to take what seems to be the easiest way and get stuck at to do something that does not give you any fulfillment for the rest of your life? Or do you want to take a slightly harder path but in search of what you really love? I think every young person has been faced with this choice at a the time of my life, regardless of how much I've had in my personal life, whether it's family or career, it's something that I've been able to use to contribute to my journey. character, so I think that's what builds the performance, when an actor is able to tap into his propr life experiences to integrate that into what the character feels and what he experiences. That's all there is to it.
You work again with Zoya Akhtar after "Dil Dhadakne Do", playing two very different characters. How would you describe the way she described this story?
Zoya and I made a very special connection by working together on 'Dil Dhadakne Do'. It was an ensemble film and it was almost indeterminate that we were collaborating on something for which we had more to do together. So she picked up on different ideas, better than the others, and I hope these films will come to fruition, but she finally decided to do it.
She is a director, a filmmaker, very sweet and nurturing with her actors. . It's like mother and child. He is a person who values and really respects the interpretation of each person who contributes to the process of making the film. He is a person who really adheres to the collaborative nature of cinema. Everyone's contribution makes a movie. Zoya is someone who really allows actors to bring their own interpretation of the character, the scene. She is always listening. she is always open to ideas. She's a really collaborative director, even if it's the cinematographer or even the barber and makeup artist, or any technician. She allows everyone to interpret because she knows that this is what this creative contributor to the process is convinced of, that is what was born of their instinct. And if this is born of their instinct, it can not be wrong. She has a lot of value for that, and that's what I enjoy most about working with her.
The best part of this work with Zoya is that his approach to filmmaking is a truly collaborative and creative process. It has the gift of attracting people who hear very well. She is very particular about her whole unit. She needs a fluid and happy work atmosphere. It is a person who joins together by gathering a group of elite artists and technicians. His homework is so strong. She is responsible before even starting filming. So with it, the shooting process is extremely fluid. When we are on the set, we do not think about how to execute or get what we need to do, we focus all our energy on how we are improving what we already have. She is a very, very good filmmaker and, I think, one of the most prestigious filmmakers of our century. I am very honored and happy to have worked with her for the second time.
You come for your first shoot in London for "83". How do you feel about this?
I've already shot some commercials in London. I did not discover the city of London until very late in my life, but I fell in love with it. We will be there for at least 4 months during the main shoot of what will be an extraordinary experience, as the history of the 1983 World Cup and that of these beautiful gentlemen, these living legends are an amazing story. These are truly extraordinary human stories and one of the most glorious chapters in our history. I am very honored and very proud to be associated with the film and have the responsibility to capture on celluloid one of the greatest stories. When the movie was released, I did not realize how it was an incredible story. There is a whole generation who does not know who these guys were and what they did, and in such a spectacular and extraordinary way. It's really one of the most amazing stories I've ever heard in my life.
The training is in full swing. We train almost every morning. The whole team trains for 4 hours each morning. I work on my stick, my bowling. Soon after the release of "Gully Boy", I will embark on characterization and transform myself into a living legend, Kapil Dev. I am very happy to work on this film and I will be there for 4 months, filming it entirely in the UK. This is something I look forward to.
The release of "Gully Boy" is scheduled for February 14, 2019.