Santoshi looking forward to working with Ranbir Kapoor

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Posted on April 5th, 2008 in Movies, News

Ranbir Kapoor, who made a splash with his debut role in Saawariya, is currently working on his second film and is getting ready to start working on his third. His third film is Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Being from such an illustrious filmi family the roles Ranbir portrays may have shades of his Kapoor ancestry. We saw that in his character in Saawariya and now in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, the role will again have elements of characters his grandfather Raj Kapoor portrayed. It will also have some echoes of Charlie Chaplin thrown in as well.

Much like Raj Kapoor’s Raju in Mera Naam Joker and Charlie Chaplain’s Tramp in City Lights, Ranbir’s character in the film is the innocent boy who loves to love. According to Santoshi, “I decided Ranbir was the right actor for my film from the time I saw Saawariya. He plays Prem an innocent guy with a heart of gold. Yes there will be distinct elements of Charlie Chaplin and Raj Kapoor, though not too much of it. Raj Saab has already done it all in Sri 420 and it would look repetitive. Also, that level of political and sexual innocence would look odd in present times. Let’s say Ranbir plays the Charlie Chaplin and Raj Kapoor of our times.”

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is in the pre-production stages and Ranbir along with co-star Katrina Kaif will be doing a photo shoot together in the next couple of months to get a “first look” at how the two gorgeous actors will look together on film. Along with this Santoshi said, “We’ll also be sitting on the costumes because the clothes are a very important part of the story.”

So when does the film go to the floor, you may ask. Santoshi revealed, “We start shooting the film only when Ranbir returns from his long foreign schedule of the Yashraj Film.” The Yash Raj production is Bachna Ae Haseenon and Ranbir and co-star Bipasha Basu are reportedly in Rome, Italy shooting a song for the film.

Santoshi is really looking forward to working with Ranbir and said, “Ranbir takes interest in every aspect of the film. He’s a keen student if cinema. His enthusiasm for cinema goes much beyond his role. I know I’ll enjoy my shooting with him. But beyond that I’m right now enjoying interacting with him.”

Keep checking back because we will be sure to report all the news on this fascinating new film!

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