Hopes are high from newly-married Ranveer Singh, who is set to woo quintessential Bollywood fans with Simmba later this month. After eight years of entertaining audiences, the actor says he does not feel any pressure to deliver his best as he sees it as a responsibility towards what he loves doing — acting.
Ranveer has a filmography boasting of titles like like Band Baaja Baaraat, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Lootera, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani, Dil Dhadakne Do and Padmaavat. Asked if he feels pressure with so many hopes riding on him, Ranveer said, “I have been fortunate enough to experience both highs and lows. (I have been) Lucky and blessed that there have been more highs than lows, but I’m glad that the lows were there because they taught me a lot.”The actor, who faced failure with films like Befikre and Kill Dil, says it taught him that filmmaking is a collaborative process. “For a film to become a hit or a flop, there are many variables and many factors. That said, I don’t get pressurised. I see it as a responsibility to what I love doing,” he said. Ranveer, who tied the knot with his long-time lady love Deepika Padukone in November, says he feels responsible when filmmakers come to him for collaborations.
As a performer, Ranveer said his effort is always to make people associated with him proud. “I want to make my fans, family, my team everybody who is directly or indirectly connected to me, my life, my career — proud. So, I feel responsible in that way. So yes, I don’t feel pressurised, but I definitely do feel responsible,” he added.
Ranveer, who has been feted with the “entertainer of the year” award by a magazine, has a bag full of films coming up. His next his Simmba, where he is playing a flamboyant police officer. Then there’s Gully Boy, 83 and a period drama Takht.
The actor’s last Bollywood outing was Bhansali’s Padmaavat, in which he essayed the role of Alauddin Khilji. Ranveer upped his own game with his powerful acting and eccentric mannerisms in the film, and captivated cine-goers with his stand-out performance, which set the bar higher for Bollywood villains.
Would he like to play an anti-hero again? “Khilji’s part was mentally and emotionally taxing for me. I don’t think I’m keen on going into the dark space again anytime soon,” he said.
But the 33-year-old star saw it differently. “I trusted the audience, I trusted their maturity and the fact that they have evolved over time that they can see the performance for what it is. I felt that if I do this part well, they will appreciate me as an actor. I’m glad I trusted the audience and my trust in them paid off. It was a huge risk, but I’m never one to play it safe. So I’m glad I took the risk,” he said.