MUMBAI — In an interview with Vogue India journalist Raja Sen for the magazine’s September 2016 issue, Ranbir Kapoor opened up about his professional as well as personal life. The issue will be available on stands Sept. 6.
Kapoor lauded his contemporaries for taking up risky roles — be it Alia Bhatt in “Udta Punjab” or Fawad in “Kapoor and Sons.”
He says that had Pakistani actor Fawad Khan not “opened the door” by playing a homosexual character in “Kapoor and Sons,” he would have perhaps turned down an offer to play a gay onscreen. But now the “Barfi!” star is receptive to the idea.
Asked if he would play a homosexual, Kappor said: “Sure, but now it’s already been done. Now he’s (Khan has) opened the door, and it’s easy for us to walk through it. But earlier... I must honestly say, I might have turned it down.”
He is also willing to play a second lead in a movie, but conditions apply.
He said: “Suppose tomorrow Rajkumar Hirani offers me the part of Circuit in the new ‘Munna Bhai,’ I would play it and try my best to do it justice.”
Kapoor is currently living with his grandmother Krishna in her bungalow here and training for Ayan Mukerji’s “Dragon.” He is awaiting the release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,” and also has Anurag Basu’s long-gestating film “Jagga Jasoos” lined up.
In February, after “Dragon,” he hopes to start shooting for Hirani’s next, a biopic of actor Sanjay Dutt.
Since his debut with “Saawariya,” Kapoor has seen several highs and lows.
He was applauded for films like “Wake Up Sid,” “Raajneeti,” “Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year,” “Rockstar,” “Barfi!” and “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,” and was censured for duds like “Besharam” and “Bombay Velvet.”
Referring to his current shoot-less days, Kapoor said: “I think I could have an alcohol problem.”
“It is a visual medium, and I have to look after myself. When I shoot, when I work, I don’t drink. But when I’m not shooting…” he trailed off.
Directing a film is something Kapoor has expressed interest in for a long time. But the actor says there is still time for him to get to the director’s chair.
“Look, I know how a film is made, but a director has to find the method to tell the story he has to tell. I’m not, because I’m lazy, and acting is taking up my time, and I don’t have a story; I can’t write,” he said.