Member of the famous Bollywood clan, Ranbir Kapoor entered the tinsel town a decade ago. From making his debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in ‘Saawariya’ as a love-sick traveller to portraying an eccentric spy in Anurag Basu’s ‘Jagga Jasoos’, the man has come a long way. Time and again, he has proved that he has what it takes to be an actor.
Be it making the ladies go weak in the knees with his chocolate boy looks or giving severe goals to men in his ‘Rockstar’ avatar, he is certainly an actor who can portray any character without any hesitation.
The last 10 years have been an incredible journey for Ranbir. He has given his share of hits and flops and despite all the turbulence, he has survived and shown an impressive variety. With some great films in the pipeline, it is interesting to see how his career has turned out. Let’s take a look at RK’s best performances till date.
1. ‘Wake Up Sid’
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You think of Ranbir and this is the first film that strikes your mind. This is one of those films that pretty much summed up the life cycle of most millennials. Ranbir as Sid was like most college kids, who are still trying to figure their dreams and are facing trouble transitioning from childhood to being an adult. Ranbir knocked that role out of the park by making it so relatable.
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A contemporary take on Mahabharata, the role that Ranbir played in Prakash Jha’s ‘Raajneeti’ was one of his finest and most underrated performances till date. This was one of those roles that explored a very different actor in him. For the first time, he wasn’t your normal chocolate boy but someone who was all out to play a dark and gloomy character.
3. ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
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Not many loved this film but there were many who could relate to Ayan Sanger, the guy who just couldn’t get over the girl he loves. Ranbir’s powerhouse acting made your heart hurt for him. He beautifully portrayed the emotions that come with unrequited love. And how can we forget the lesson that this film taught us? “Ek tarfa pyar ki taqat hi kuch aur hoti hai … auron ke rishton ki tarah yeh do logon mein nahi baatti … sirf mera haq hai ispe.”
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Imtiaz Ali explored an untapped territory of Ranbir as an actor in this movie. Yes, we have seen him emotionally vulnerable in various films, but here we got to see 50 shades of emotions. From anger, frustration, irritation and love to helplessness, watching Ranbir here was a glorious sight indeed.
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We bet all your inhibitions about Ranbir as an actor vanished the second you saw him in ‘Barfi’. Playing the titular role of a deaf and mute boy, Ranbir played a role that even actors of great calibre can fail to do. A simple shift could have ruined the essence of the whole character but he played it exceptionally well, keeping all the emotions and mannerism intact. A performance that will remain eternal in his fans’ minds forever!
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It takes a lot for an actor to make you both laugh and cry in one film, and Ranbir did just that in this Imtiaz Ali movie. The narration of the film explores different layers of him as an actor. A man with a broken heart finding solace in music isn’t a new concept in B-town but what this actor did with his role was beyond anyone’s imagination as he channelled a true rockstar indeed.
Saying that he is a good actor would be an understatement, as the man has proven over and over again that he can ace any role given to him. And right now we are waiting with bated breath to see him play Sanju Baba in Sanjay Dutt’s upcoming biopic. Kudos Ranbir to have blessed Bollywood with your amazing work!