Govinda calls him the “Hero No. 1”, the actor for the masses and the classes. He is the “cool dude” everyone wants to hang with. From his outlandish dressing sense (only he has the ability to carry flowery dress suits, star-studded jackets and some bizarre patterns, beyond the imagination of any stylist), to his wacky sense of humor, and last but not the least, his ability to perform.
Ranveer Singh – The Performer
Let’s pick on the word ‘perform’. Ranveer Singh is your star performer. He performs on and off screen – the world is his stage, and he regards it as one. So from playing the menacing Khilji, or taking to streets, doing a Krissh spoof, or performing on stage – he does it all with the same ease and elan. His mad hatter antics may have many a snooty eye brow go up; but at the end of the day, they do curve your lips into a big smile.
He is a livewire, gives a damn about being judged, unfettered and wacky – you sometimes wonder how many shots of caffeine the man has drowned himself in, to have that kind of steam. But that’s Ranveer Singh for you, affable and a go-getter, who is living the dream.
He admits, he was born to act. His 8-year-long career already has five blockbuster hits to its credit.
How It All Began
He first came on screen as Bittoo Sharma, the Delhi University boy, who turns into a wedding planner; and we think he was picture perfect for the role. But it would be some time till Ranveer Singh could make some noise on the box office.
His next, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, didn’t do much for him; but he proved that he still had a lot of ‘act’ in him, if tapped well. Lootera did that for Ranveer in 2013, but in an industry that measures success with the crores a film brings, box office success still eluded him.
The tide turned in 2013, with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela, in more ways than one. Playing Ram, in yet another adaptation of Romeo Juliet set in Gujarat, the stage was set for Ranveer. It was his onscreen pairing with Deepika Padukone that set the screens on fire, and it was only a matter of time when reel would translate into real.
Paired opposite Priyanka Chopra and Arjun Kapoor in Gunday in 2014, Ranveer was the film’s core, and owned it. Let’s ignore Kill Dil, since it didn’t do much for him, or for us as viewers, and jump to Dil Dhadakne Do.
He Came, He Saw, He Conquered
Ranveer’s Kabir remains my favourite, he was funny, intense and endearing all together. Be it the brother-sister dynamics with Priyanka Chopra, the father-son tension with Anil Kapoor or the wearing his heart on his sleeve romantic with Anushka Sharma, Ranveer was the life of the ensemble cast.
The same year, he shaved his head to play Baji Rao, and I have a confession to make here. I wasn’t too sure if he could pull it off, reason – period dramas are another ball game, and maybe somewhere I wasn’t too convinced about the character. After being trolled for expressing my doubts by his loyal fan clubs, I was proved wrong and how, by Ranveer. He brought his character to life and made us relive the Peshwa’s life with his sheer brilliance.
As he earned a filmfare award for best actor, why oh why did he ever do a Befikre? which sadly I walked out off for no fault of his but for the story which I found extremely tedious.
Ranveer pushed the envelope again, as the menacing, ruthless Allaudin Khilji. The villainy and the tyranny of the king played flamboyantly by Singh. His class act in making bad look bad, Ranveer was the one who walked away with the applause and critical acclaim.
As he gets set to roar in Simbaa at the end of the year, 2019 will see him in yet another avatar, as he hip hops in Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. Ranveer is the star actor with a mass appeal, who was born to entertain.