Ever since the Sanju teaser has been uploaded by the makers on social media, it has created a frenzy among the viewers and journalists. Some are hailing the 85-second clip as the best teaser of all time; some are sincerely hoping the film doesn’t turn out to be more of a spoof than a legitimate account of Sanjay Dutt’s controversial life. Given the fact that the film has been helmed by Rajkumar Hirani, the man who flawlessly blends the inhumane realities of life with laugh-out-loud comedy, Sanju, just like the life of the actor the film is based on, could indeed be a roller-coaster ride.
Ranbir Kapoor, who has taken upon himself to replicate the physicality and nuances of Sanjay Dutt, the film could be the turning point of his career, particularly after experiencing a low phase in the last two years. After a string of critical and commercial successes like Rockstar, Barfi and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, the actor saw a massive setback and almost all his next films suffered on the account of underwhelming storytelling and maybe misfortune.
However, that doesn’t take away the fact that Ranbir Kapoor is one of the finest talents in the country, who owns all the characters he’s portraying on the silver screen. So before the world sees another spectacular performance of his on the 29th of June, let’s have a look at his most underrated roles yet”
1. Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year (2009)
Describing his experience of working on this film, Ranbir called this film as his ‘Munnabhai’, as it was directed by Shimit Amin, written by Jaideep Sahni and produced by YRF. The film saw the actor play Harpreet Singh Bedi, a man filled with saccharine simplicity and excessive goodness, who aspires to be a salesman, there goes the irony. There were two sides to Ranbir’s performance in Rocket Singh, a gullible, naive newbie, trying to adjust into the working atmosphere of his office, and an assertive, truthful salesman, wanting to break away from the manipulative model of the business world. It was a performance straight from the heart, straight to the heart.
2. Tamasha (2015)
Just like Rocket Singh, there was a certain, perceptible sense of duality in Ranbir’s character in Tamasha as well. This character was Ved, who pretends to be something else, but yearns for something else. His emotional transformation happened with the help of some deep-rooted, metaphorical conversations with a storyteller, an auto-rickshaw driver and above all, the ray of hope in his darkened life, Tara. And such gradual metamorphosis wouldn’t have looked as engaging and sympathetic had it not been for Ranbir Kapoor’s effortless display of a gamut of emotions, which made Ved look like an ordinary working slave from the crowd, and not a larger-than-life and heroic personality.
3. Jagga Jasoos (2017)
A film that was in the making for over four years, Jagga Jasoos was a cinematic experience that can be best described as “Once in a Lifetime”. And when you have a stammering protagonist who sings to communicate with people, you wouldn’t expect anything less than a musical, alas, that was the exact aspect of Jagga Jasoos that invited polarizing response from the audience. It was only for the leading man’s heartfelt and sincere performance that they came together on the same page. It’s a pity the film didn’t work, especially when it had scale, ambition, heart and a plausible performance by Ranbir Kapoor.
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