Actor Ranbir Kapoor appreciates the pioneering role that Fawad Khan has done by playing the role of a homosexual, opening the door for other actors to explore areas so far remained a taboo in Bollywood cinema.
If Fawad had not taken that bold step without thinking about the repercussions that the character will have on his career, Ranbir says he would not be willing to play a gay on screen.
The actor opened up about his professional as well as personal life in an interview in September issue of Vogue magazine by being brutally honest.
Ranbir commends his contempories for taking up risky roles — be it Alia Bhatt in “Udta Punjab” and Fawad in “Kapoor & Sons”.
Asked if he would play a homosexual on camera, Ranbir said: “Sure, but now it’s already been done. Now he’s (Fawad has) opened the door and it’s easy for us to walk through it. But earlier… I must honestly say I might have turned it down.”
He is also willing to play a second lead in a movie, but conditions apply.
He said: “Suppose tomorrow Rajkumar Hirani offers me the part of Circuit to the new Munnabhai. I would play it and try my best to do it justice.”
Ranbir is currently living with his grandmother Krishna and training for Ayan Mukerji’s “Dragon”. He awaits Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, and also has Anurag Basu’s long-gestating “Jagga Jasoos” lined up.
In February, after “Dragon”, he hopes to start shooting for Rajkumar Hirani’s next, a biopic of actor Sanjay Dutt.
Since his debut with “Saawariya”, Ranbir has seen several highs and lows.
He was applauded for films like “Wake Up Sid”, “Raajneeti”, “Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year”, “Rockstar”, “Barfi!”, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, and was criticized for failures like “Besharam” and “Bombay Velvet”.
Referring to his present with no films on hand, Ranbir said: “I think I could have an alcohol problem. It is a visual medium and I have to look after myself. When I shoot, when I work, I don’t drink. But when I’m not shooting…”.
Asked whether he likes to direct a film Ranbir says there is still time for him to get to the director’s chair.
“Look, I know how a film is made, but a director has to find the method to tell the story he has to tell. I’m not, because a) I’m lazy and b) acting is taking up my time and I don’t have a story, I can’t write,” he said. – CINEWS