October 6, 2009 12:57:12 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
WAKE UP SID has seen an overwhelming response from audiences as well as critics alike. The man who is the happiest amongst all is none other than Rishi Kapoor himself. Father of the lead protagonist in the film, Ranbir Kapoor, he is cautious though and now wants Ranbir to continue proving himself film after film even though he comes with a 'Kapoor' surname.
"Just being a Kapoor was never going to be enough. Ranbir had to show his worth as an actor. I also had Raj Kapoor as a father but it has never been easy for me even till date. For last 40 odd years, I have been proving myself. Same would always hold good for Ranbir. It's a never ending journey", says Rishi Kapoor who belongs to the first family of Bollywood cinema.
Meanwhile, he is unable to conceal his excitement with all around positive reviews and appreciation coming the way of both the film as well as his son.
"Ever since Thursday evening, once the preview shows and other private screenings were held, I have been inundated with congratulatory calls. I was humbled and was waiting for audience reactions though once the film opened to public viewing on Friday", Rishi Kapoor recounts his anxious moments.
All this while he was in constant discussions with wife Neetu Singh who on her part was quite sure that the film would be able to strike a chord amongst the masses as well.
"She assured me that current generation would truly identify with what the film is all about. We both had seen the film and Neetu was quite confident about the setting and milieu of the film. She asked me not to worry at all. She was right", he says fondly.
Today, he is proud of the way Ranbir's career has progressed during last couple of years with first SAAWARIYA, where he received critical acclaim, then BACHNA AE HASEENO, which was a good success at the box office and now WAKE UP SID which is all set to be his biggest box office success till date.
"My chest is swollen with pride. As a father, I am so excited that my son has been doing so very well in his career. This hasn't been an overnight job by him though. He has worked hard to earn it. Star son or no star son, everything just vanishes when the film comes on screen. It's your performance that ultimately speaks", says the proud father.