Following his debut in Saawariya, Ranbir Kapoor’s career seems to have been continuously on the up. The actor gave an outstanding performance earlier this year in Raajneeti, standing out amongst industry greats such as Manoj Bajpai and Ajay Devgn. Kapoor’s next, Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani will launch yet another fresh jodi in his pairing with the beautiful Priyanka Chopra.
Anjaana Anjaani’s director, Siddharth Anand, is better known for his debut movie Salaam Namaste. His forthcoming release will mark his second film working alongside Kapoor, the first being 2008’s Bachna Ae Hasseno. According to the young director, Kapoor has the potential to give Bollywood the next Amitabh Bachchan, “Ranbir is perfect guy to play Anthony [Amar Akbar Anthony], he can play coolie, he can play the characters played by Bachchan in his prime. There is no-one else but him”.
Kapoor’s varied roles in his short career have certainly shown his versatility and brought his talent to the forefront for the industry and audiences to appreciate. Anand continues in praise, “The day Ranbir does an action film, and does it well, he has the potential to fill the void that Bachchan created”. Kapoor fans, I’m sure, will agree. It seems all the star-son needs now is an action-packed movie and then, it appears, the actor will have covered all of the major genres within the industry.”
Talking about Anjaana Anjaani, Anand explains his relationships with his movies actors, “I am a heroes director. I bond with my heroes more than I bond with my heroines. I have been fortunate enough to work with two superstars”. Anand also delved in his making Ranbir stand on a cliff edge during the shoot for ‘Khuda Jaane’ in Bachna Ae Haseeno even though the actor is scared of heights. In Anjaana Anjaani he reveals there is also a sequence where Kapoor had to dive into freezing water despite suffering from aquaphobia.
Anand also discloses his insistence on having a fresh jodi for Anjaana Anjaani, “I wanted to have a virgin pair. I wanted a brilliant actress because the film is only about the chemistry between two people. It’s about their sparks, what they speak, and the banters to and fro.
“Ranbir is a brilliant actor; so I needed someone who would be able to match that. Priyanka just fitted in unbelievably.”
We think it’s safe to say that this new jodi is creating a lot of excitement about the film. We will have to wait and see whether they live up to this hype when the movie releases on 24 September.