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Posted on Jan 28, 03:12PM | IBNS
Ranbir Kapoor is sweeping Best Actor Awards at all major award functions for the last two years - if last year it was Rockstar, this year it's Barfi. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu in conversation with the actor in Mumbai.
The award season has started and you have already bagged two Best Actor awards. But with so many shows around, do you think awards are losing their flavour?
When I was growing up, I was always thinking of the award I will get as a debut actor and how the feeling would be. Bu today, award ceremonies have become television events and that kind of takes away the joy of winning. There are more than 12 award shows every year and the number is growing! It feels great to be awarded, get a pat on my back; but the joy has gone. To be honest, when I win a Best Actor Award, of course it feels great, my parents feel proud of me, I get a chance to thank the people I have worked with. But I do hope award ceremonies find some dignity and become more reciprocating towards good work and maintain a more honest outlook towards it.
Do you think the scenario will change?
I am quite optimistic about it. I am sure it will change because otherwise awards shows will die; nobody will be interested in attending these award ceremonies.
Do you remember your first shot?
Yes. My first shot was actually as a duplicate of Mr (Amitabh) Bachchan in Black (2005). If you saw the first shot of the film, the man who was sitting by the fountain with Alzheimer's (disease) was me with lots of padding and Rani Mukherji comes and jumps on me.
How was the experience?
I was just too excited that Rani Mukherji was coming and jumping on me!
Can you pick one film where you could identify yourself with the character you played?
Out of all the films I have done so far, I think I was decent enough in Rockstar (2011) and Wake Up Sid (2009). Rest of the films, I didn't like me on screen, be it Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009) or Rajneeti (2010). For example, in Rajneeti, I had no idea what was happening. I was working on a world of politics with actors like Manoj Bajpai, Ajay Devgn and Nana Patekar. It was when I was dubbing the film, I was like: "Oh, so it means this!" I was lucky that I was backed with a good character, great supporting cast and the drama was very strong. In Rocket Singh, I remember Shimit Amin (director) told me that he doesn't want me to play and authentic Sardar, who becomes the talking point of the film, but he wanted me to bring out the goodness of the character. I didn't know what homework to do. Superficially, I researched on what salesmen do. But what really helped me was going to the Golden Temple where I stayed for two nights.