Ranveer Singh

With Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy,” and also his delayed “Padmavat” slated for release this year, 2018 seems set for a storm to come from the Ranveer Singh. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—In an interview for a Mumbai daily, Ranveer Singh, a hardcore classic Hindi cinema buff himself who was last seen in the 2016 “Befikre,” talked about his year-end film “Simmba” with Rohit Shetty.

He said, “I am very nervous because it is not easy to perform in mainstream films and it’s not easy to make one either (He is n-th actor to say this!). It could be called my biggest solo outing. It is my first ‘in and as’ film. I have admired Rohit-sir’s work for a very long time now. We also have Karan Johar as the producer in this film. It’s a genre or brand of cinema that I thoroughly love. Of course, socially, I interact with people who are the ‘multiplex audience,’ but my heart is ‘massy,’ and that’s actually what I get a huge kick out of. My aim is to make the best Rohit Shetty film, with whatever I can contribute from my end as the leading man. I want to make ‘Simmba’ his best film. I feel we should make such a high-voltage mainstream film that it should become the benchmark for performances in the mainstream zone. I am extremely blessed and thankful that I got this incredible opportunity.”

Clearly, after his mainstream work like “Band Baaja Baaraat,” “Ladies Vs. Ricky Behl,” “Goliyon Ki RasLila-RamLeela,” “Bajirao Mastani” and “Befikre,” Singh is maintaining that fine balance between his movies, with the slice-of-life “Dil Dhadakne Do” and the offbeat “Lootera.”

After having no releases in 2017, he is now set also to release Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy,” and also his delayed “Padmavat” that completes a hat-trick with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. 2018 seems set for a storm to come from the “Band Baaja Baaraat” actor.

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