Happy Birthday Ranveer Singh: From Bittoo to Murad, a look at Baba’s finest performances in Indian cinema
As Ranveer Singh turns 35 today, we take a trip down some of his best works over the years. Check it out!
Ranveer Singh is all set to celebrate his 35th Birthday quarantining with his wife and family. The actor just last year unveiled the first look of his much-awaited film 83. The sheer transformation of the actor left the audience in awe of Ranveer’s hard work and brilliance. He is one of Bollywood’s most versatile actor’s in recent times. On his birthday, we have rounded up on some of his best performances over the years.
Band Baaja Baraat
Yashraj Films’ Band Baaja Baarat gave Bollywood its ultimate superstar. Bitto as a goodhearted yet foul mouth wedding planner was all parts funny and endearing. Many even in the industry believed Ranveer to be a typical Delhi boy through and through. For a Bandra boy, to play this role with so much ease is the reason why Ranveer remains the most sought after actor in Bollywood.
Lootera marked its 7th year in the Indian cinema. The film was helmed by Vikramaditya Motwane based on a short story by O.Henry’s The Last Leaf. It was in this movie that the critics and audience
really noticed his finesse as a performer. For Ranveer, who is one of the most hyperactive actors both on and off-screen this character was truly a remarkable feat. The role required Ranveer to communicate more with his expression and body language and boy did he nail it! Lootera still remains one of the most loved old school Bollywood romances.
Goliyon ki Raas Leela: Ram-Leela
Ram-Leela marked the beginning of Ranveer Singh as the Bollywood superstar. The film was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in his adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In a true
Bhansali fashion the film was marred with extravagant sets, transformative performances, and crackling chemistry between the lead pair. The film became one of the massive successes of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s career. It also marked the beginning of a true fairytale love story between Deepika
Padukone and Ranveer Singh.
Over the next few years, the industry had already recognized the force that was Ranveer Singh. When the audience thought Ram Leela was his best performance yet, the actor amazed everyone with his portrayal of the Maratha Samraat Bajirao 1. Under Bhansali’s watchful eyes, Ranveer has delivered his finest performances to date.
Playing Bajirao with restraint and poise, while also being ruthless and benevolent is not an easy feat. It must have taken some serious history lessons to train and get in the mind of a conservative warrior 300 years back. Ranveer in his interviews asserted that he locked himself in a hotel room for 4-5 days, completely disconnected to get the character right. And right he did! A leader, a warrior, and a conflicted lover all in split frames, Ranveer played Bajirao with ultimate finesse.
As if delivering back to back mega-hits as a historical warrior wasn’t enough, Ranveer did the unthinkable with Bhansali’s Padmaavat. A complex character like Khilji who is much different in our history books than in world history, it was a high risk. There are so many legends associated with Khilji that go well beyond just conquering territories.
To separate the man and the legend is definitely not an easy feat. Ranveer played this dreaded yet ambitious character without reducing it to a caricature. The skin of his character i.e. playing an egotistical maniac, a ruthless ruler, and his indomitable defeat despite being victorious. While the movie was mired with countless controversies, some more unimaginable than the film itself, Ranveer’s performance of Allaudin Khilji definitely gave Bollywood one of its most menacing villains yet.
After playing historical larger than life characters, Ranveer took a complete 360 turn with Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. From a king and ruler to playing an average slum dweller, Ranveer’s transformation was a delight to watch. Ranveer as Muraad trying to break free from the poverty-ridden and domestic abuse life, while trying to live his dream as a rapper was pitch-perfect.
For an actor to play so many demanding and complex characters in a span of 10 years, Ranveer is indeed one of the gem Bollywood is lucky to have. Time shall reveal if Ranveer manages to bowl over his audience as the Former Indian captain Kapil Dev in his next 83.