Wikipedia writes – ‘Ranbir Kapoor (born 28 September 1982) is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. Born to actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Ranbir Kapoor began his career by assisting director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and later made his acting debut with the director’s 2007 film Saawariya for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
Ranbir Kapoor later earned critical praise for his performances in Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year in 2009. These performances earned him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, and he was later recognized for his role as an aspiring politician in the political thriller Raajneeti (2010). In 2012, Ranbir Kapoor received his first ‘Filmfare Award for Best Actor’ for his performance in the Imtiaz Ali-directed drama ‘Rockstar’, and his second award for his portrayal of a deaf-mute man in Barfi! (2012), which emerged as his biggest commercial success till date. According to Media, Ranbir Kapoor has established himself as one of the leading contemporary actors of Hindi cinema.’
Incidentally, I have watched the only movie ‘Barfi!’, though I have been reading a lot of news- clippings on Ranbir published on the national newspapers and film magazines. The Angry Young Man Amitabh Bachchan is not young any more. And, while Shahrukh Khan got the family melodrama back onto the Hindi film screen, he is still not a lover-boy like Ranbir Kapoor is. Of course, Ranbir Kapoor is lot more younger to all the three ‘reigning’ Khans in the Hindi FilmSpot. I recollect, after the movie ‘Maine Pyar kiya’ (1989) became a big box-office hit, Salman Khan became the lovable poster boy for all the college-going girls during that phase. Aamir Khan is always noticed for the perfection and passion displayed by him through his acting.
The movie ‘Barfi!’ proves that Ranbir Kapoor’s climb to the top of the Bollywood-Town heap is only about a matter of time. It also proves that the Bollywood Star need not necessarily be an Alpha screen god on the wrong side of age 45, romancing an actress half his age. Amitabh Bachchan tried romancing much younger heroines for a short while, it did not work.
Ranbir Kapoor’s role and his acting in the movie ‘Barfi!’ is a wonky mix of Charlie Chaplin, Raj Kapoor and Kishore Kumar. I understand he has acted very well in other movies ‘Wake up Sid’ and ‘Rockstar’ too.