With three hits in a new row, Ranbir Kapoor has made everyone associated with the world of filmmaking in any manner stand up and start giving a thought to the maxim whether 2010 is going to be his decade. The films that have given germination to this thought process include ROCKET SINGH: SALESMAN OF THE YEAR, AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI and WAKE UP SID. If the view of Jaideep Sahni has to be believed then Ranbir Kapoor is the real keeda of the Hindi cinema. But can he rule over the decade as it has been done by his illustrious peers?
The annals of Indian cinema have a peculiar trend. From the time it evolved and came into its own, there have been decades that have belonged to a star(s). It is his films that have dominated either while he has acted in single hero film or even though it might have been the multi-starrer the films have revolved and evolved around him. If this being the maxim, and indeed it is, then the 50s was the era that belonged to Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor. When the new decade of sixties started, Dilip Kumar stamped his authority on the decade, with a Shammi Kapoor forming the other end of the spectrum, but he could not commandeer the same authority as Dilip Kumar did.
Interestingly enough, these stars while being the shinning luminaries rarely worked together, exception being Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar starrer INSANIYAT but it also happened in 1955, the decade in which Dilip Kumar still formed the third angle of the right angle triangle, right angle being Dev Anand.
It was in the 70s that the trend of working together started it finding manifestation in the form of ANAND in which Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna had acted together and this was the film that really became the turning point for both these stars. Rajesh Khanna's graph started going down, while AB's graph took an ascending turn. By the time NAMAK HARAM hit the silver screen, Amitabh Bachchan had taken the reign of decade and his rule continued into the next decade i.e. the early eighties where the producers and directors shrewdly paired him with Shashi Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor (another star who had started calling shots in the eighties). Eighties in fact was an interesting decade where both Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor were paired together as also competed at the box office singly simultaneously as well.
With the nineties emerged the triumvirate of Khans (Shahrukh, Salman, Aamir) who still dominate the proceedings, but they had a Hrithik Roshan to contend with in the next decade, who literally gave direction to the 2000 decade. Hrithik Roshan was the first star who had the courage to play any kind of role, but it was a trend which was initiated by Aamir Khan in the nineties.
Ranbir Kapoor either by fortuitous intervention or sheer chance has been blessed with films in succession that have been as different as could chalk and cheese be, and has indeed given definite signals that the 2010 decade is going to be a decade that would have his authority stamped on it with a panache. There does not seem to be any competitor to him as of now, and that way he is more fortunate than his father as he had an Amitabh Bachchan to contend with. It would be an interesting hypothesis to wonder whether Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor follow in the footsteps of their illustrative fathers to give another hit pair to Hindi film industry. The decade of 2010 would indeed be worth watching.