Remember Raj Kapoor's legendary roles as a happy-go-lucky tramp in AWARA (1951) and SHREE 420 (1955)...He had apparently taken inspiration Hollywood great, Charlie Chaplin, to play these characters, sporting the now famous ill-fitting trousers and floppy hat.
And now, 57 years later, his grandson Ranbir Kapoor has taken pointers from his late grandfather for his next film. Ranbir's look in his upcoming film BARFI! is an instant reminder of late Kapoor's Chaplinesque avatar, complete with a thin moustache, umbrella and hat.
In the movie, BARFI! is a simpleton, who is deaf and mute and always has a prank up his sleeve. When Anurag was designing BARFI!'s look, he wanted a very innocent and loveable appearance. He instantly thought of Raj Kapoor in AWARA and SHREE 420 and his look was also believed to be a take on Chaplin's. Also Ranbir's familial connection with Raj Kapoor made it all the more special.
Anurag Basu, confirms, ''Ranbir plays a loveable character, someone you adore and who leaves a lasting impression on your mind and heart. I can say his character is like that Raj Kapoor, Charlie Chaplin and Roberto Benigni. The shades are similar to the lovable tramp, much like you have seen these actors portray with ease. They mesmerised audiences with their charm and simplicity.''