Ranbir Kapoor's 10 golden rules to stardom
Gulf News has revealed the 10 golden rules Ranbir Kapoor followed to make it big in Bollywood.
1. Roll with the punches
Ranbir's surname didn't quite prepare him for the fact that his first film Saawariya was both a box office and critical disaster. But the star remained undeterred, following up with Bachna Ae Haseeno -- in which he rehashed his dad's famous movie song, and romanced not one but three women. Again, the film failed to impress.
Then 2009 proved to be the game changer with three back-to-back hits -- Wake Up Sid and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Rocket Singh -- which accelerated his star status.
Image: Ranbir Kapoor
2. Work with up-and-coming directors
Ranbir has shown himself willing to work with any director, as long as they come up witha great script and a challenging role.
Image: Ranbir with his Wake Up Sid director Ayaan Mukherjee and Konkona Sen Sharma
3. Constantly reinvent yourself
Ranbir played the mushy romantic hero in Saawariya, an unapologetic Casanova in Bachna Ae Haseeno, a soul-searching boy in Wake Up Sid, a wacky comic lead in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, a not-too-smart salesman in Rocket Singh, a stoic politician in Raajneeti and a depressed guy in Anjaana Anjaani.
This strategy ensured neither he, nor his fans, get bored.
Image: Ranbir with Katrina Kaif in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
4. Skip 'hero' projects for ensemble flicks
'As long as the script is good, I'm cool doing an ensemble film. When Raajneeti was offered to me, I didn't know who else was in the film. An ensemble cast doesn't scare me, I'm talented and I know I'll give it my best shot, just like I do in my solo roles,' Ranbir once said.
Image: Ranbir Kapoor in Raajneeti
5. Stay silent on your exes
Ranbir avoided mud-slinging even after Deepika Padukone spilled the beans about his wild ways on celeb talk show Koffee With Karan.
The star also remained mum on his alleged fling with Kat on the set of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani because she was dating Salman Khan at the time, and he knew enough not to burn those B-wood bridges!
Image: Ranbir Kapoor with ex-girlfriend Deepika Padukone
6. Wear your heart on your sleeve
When Ranbir hooked up with Dips, he didn't shy away from playing the B-town love game, gushing about his girl at every opportunity.
Image: Ranbir Kapoor with Deepika Padukone
7. Cultivate a cool Casanova persona
Having inherited a combination of gorgeous looks, talent, intelligence, mischief and cl-ass, Ranbir wields his charms in a good old-fashioned Casanova style.
Image: Ranbir Kapoor
8. Date the girls all the guys want
Ever since his much-publicised break-up with Dips, Ranbir has been paired off in the tabloids with any single actress or model on the block.
While Nargis Fakhri has remained mum about their relationship, Angela Jonsson has been more forthcoming, saying, 'Yes, I've dated Ranbir.'
Image: Angela Jonsson and Nargis Fakhri
9. Befriend your contemporaries
With B-wood all about the power plays rather than the friendships, Ranbir has shown he's not of a cut-throat mindset, with the actor preferring to make pals with his peers.
Image: Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor