His first role in Yashraj Films’ Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) was a runaway success. For a Bandra boy, who weaves in the flavours of a Delhi suburban boy into his performance, Ranveer was delightful to watch.
Three years later, with Lootera, helmed by Vikramaditya Motwane, discerning audience as well as critics truly sat up and took note of a seasoned performer. Based on American writer O Henry’s famous work, The Last Leaf, the film had Ranveer play a complex part with exceptional restraint. The role, with very few dialogues, required Ranveer to communicate with his eyes and body language. With his public image of being a restless and boisterous man, this was a complete departure. With rare maturity and gravitas, Ranveer proved that he had it in him to go from mainstream to arty in split second. The film failed to ignite the box office, but emerged as a critical success. Its music track remains popular till today.
With credentials set as a competent actor, time was ripe for Ranveer to be launched
In his next project Padmaavat, again with Bhansali, Ranveer would do the unthinkable - play a villain and the dreaded Allauddin Khilji no less. History can be a funny game - one man’s hero is another man’s villain. For us, Indians, the Sultan of Delhi belonging to the Khilji clan, was an outsider who had conquered large swaths of Indian territory. For his people, he was a demanding general, pursuing a single-minded agenda. Hence, to play a character without reducing him into a caricature can be a burden. Legend has it that Allauddin lusted for another man’s wife, history tells us that there was more to his ambitions. To discover the man through versions of history and legend is never a easy one.
On his birthday Anil Kapoor took to Twitter to share a couple of pictures of himself with the Gully Boy star, and wrote, “Happy Birthday Tiger!! To many more years filled with crazy dancing, bear hugs, love & happiness!!! Have the best day! Lots of love! P.S Birthday hai toh kya hua, where is your mask!?"
Happy Birthday Tiger!!!!! 🐅 @RanveerOfficial— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) July 6, 2020
To many more years filled with crazy dancing, bear hugs, love & happiness!!! Have the best day! Lots of love!
P.S Birthday hai toh kya hua, where is your mask!? 😷 pic.twitter.com/w02FycSrZd
Befikre co-star Vaani Kapoor wrote on Instagram, “Birthday hugs incoming… Happy birthday, you!! Wishing you a lot of happiness with loads of Nutella.”
Laxmi Aggarwal, on whose life Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak was based, shared a picture of herself with Ranveer and wrote, “Congratulations on these precious moments of your birthday, the new dreams in your eyes and the gift of happiness that life got for you today.”
When the theatres open, the world will see Kapil Dev in Ranveer Singh in 83.