Ranbir Kapoor is a noted Indian film actor. He was born on September 28, 1982, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India to Rishi (Bollywood film actor, producer and director) and
Neetu Singh (Bollywood actress). His grandfather,
Raj Kapoor, is also a noted film actor, producer and director and was once called “The greatest showman of Indian cinema”. He has a sister named Riddhima, an interior and fashion designer. Ranbir, Karisma and Kareena Kapoor were first cousins. He studied at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim. During his early age, he admitted that he never had a close relationship with his father. Both his parents usually have constant arguments, which somewhat affect him as a child. These experiences urged him to search for an outlet in films. After he had completed his 10th standard examinations, Ranbir went to America to assist his father in the 1999 Bollywood musical romantic drama film, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, which later developed a closer relationship with him. When Ranbir completed his education at H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, he moved to New York City and learnt filmmaking at School of Visual Arts and method acting at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He starred and directed two short films entitled India 1964 and Passion to Love during his years in the film school. He later returned to Mumbai after realizing that learning cinema in school is useless, as he prefers to work in actual. He became Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s assistant in the 2005 drama film, Black. Ranbir later admitted that his real motive why he assisted Bhansali on Black is to ensure that he will cast him on his next project. Luckily, in 2007, he debuted in Bhansali’s Hindi romance film, Saawariya. This film failed at the box-office, but his performance earned him praises and nomination at the Filmfare for Best Male Debut. Even if Saawariya has failed commercially, Yash Raj Films later offered him a lead role in the romantic comedy film,
Bachna Ae Haseeno, which turned out to be his first commercial success. His performance as
Raj Sharma, a womanizer, who got involved with three different women, which was played by
Deepika Padukone and
Minissha Lamba. He won three consecutive times in the category of Best Actor at the Filmfare Critics Award for his 2009 films,
Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. His first release in 2010 was in Prakash Jha’s big-budget political thriller drama film, Raajneeti, which stars
Arjun Rampal, Ajay Devgn,
Katrina Kaif and Sarah Thompson.
This film became commercially successful and had worldwide earnings of $21-million. He received his third nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare for his performance as Samar Pratap Singh in the film. In the same year, he collaborated with
Priyanka Chopra in Siddharth Anand’s Hindi romance film,
Anjaana Anjaani. His portrayal as a troubled musician in the 2011 musical romantic drama film, Rockstar, and as a deaf-mute man in the 2012 romantic comedy-drama film, Barfi!, earned him two Best Actor awards at the Filmfare. He also won Best Actor awards at IIFA and Screen Awards for his performance in Rockstar. It also became one of the top-grossing films of the year, while Barfi! was his first release that earned over $15-million at the domestic box office in 2012. Ranbir appeared in a starring role in the coming-of-age romantic comedy film, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in 2013. This film became one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of the year and had put him in the place of Bollywood’s leading actor. He took a year-long break from acting and returned as a mysterious thief in Vikramjit Singh’s romantic thriller film, Roy, in 2015. However, this film failed to impress the critics. His next release was with Anurag Kashyap’s
Bombay Velvet, which also flopped at the box office. His final release in the year 2015 was the romantic drama film, Tamasha, which also starred Deepika Padukone. The film earned mixed reviews from the critics, and Ranbir received another nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare. In 2016, he launched his very own production house called Picture Shuru Productions, along with Anurag Basu.
Their first production venture entitled
Jagga Jasoos is all set for a release in July 2016. The film will have Ranbir playing the lead role, together with Govinda,
Sharat Saxena and Katrina Kaif. He is also working in Karan Johar’s upcoming romance film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which will also feature
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and
Anushka Sharma. He also agreed to do a film, opposite
Alia Bhatt in the yet-to-be-titled Ayan Mukerji’s film and a biopic by
Rajkumar Hirani. The actor doesn’t believe in love due to his parents’ troubled marriage in the past. He had his first serious relationship when he was in 7th grade, but he got depressed when it ended. In 2008, he had a relationship with Deepika Padukone, his co-star in Bachna Ae Haseeno. The media speculates that their relationship will end in marriage, but their relationship ended a year later. Later on, he got involved with Katrina Kaif while filming Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani in the year 2010. In 2013, the couple was seen in the leaked paparazzi photos, which were published by Stardust magazine, showing them on a beach in Spain. This led the press to assume that the two were romantically involved. They admitted their relationship in 2015, but a media report stated that on February 2016, their relationship has ended. Besides acting, Ranbir loves football, and he supported several charities and organizations, through the celebrity football club called, All Stars Football Club. In 2013, he played football to raise funds for the underprivileged children of Magic Funds Organization. He also acquired ownership rights for the Mumbai City FC, an Indian Super League Football franchise based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He is the content and programming adviser of Saavn, a distributor of Bollywood, English and Indian regional music in several countries. Ranbir is one of India’s most popular and high-profile celebrities in the country. He was featured in several magazines including Forbes and was ranked on 11th and 8th spot in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In 2014 and 2015, he became one of the highest-paid actors in India. He has been cited as one of the most attractive celebrities in the country and was featured in Times of India’s Most Desirable Man (2010-2014). He bagged the Limca Book of Records’ People of the Year award in 2013. He is the celebrity endorser of popular brands like Pepsi, Lenovo, Panasonic, FC Barcelona and many more.