Ranveer Singh is one of the most rooted actors in B-town. His previous films have been super-duper hit and shattered box-office records. Ranveer is one actor who has done variety of roles and stole our heart with his acting. His last film SIMMBA was a huge success and garnered good numbers.
Name a thing Ranveer hasn’t done and with GULLY BOY this super talented lad has rapped and how. The songs are being hummed and grooved by millennial.
In conversation with Ranveer Singh he spoke about his film GULLY BOY, the music and what intrigued him to rap. Apart from that Ranveer also shared his happiness on what it is to be married!
Excerpts from the interview
Did you expect such a response for GULLY BOY’s music?
I am so overwhelmed and it has exceeded my expectations. I understand it’s not typical music but it was a huge thing. This is the first time I have given my vocals and it has become number one. I can’t say that I am a singer but my rapping is decent. If it has gone to number one then it must be okay, at least it’s not half bad.
Were you comfortable rapping in the film?
Yeah, I tend to enthusiastically jump at opportunities. So I wanted to rap but Zoya was not sure that I would be good enough. So I had to give a try. I told I would be doing in my own voice because of the nature of the film. It’s the journey of a young boy who wanted to become a musician; it calls for the actor playing the part to lend his own voice to the music. So whilst I was very keen, she was unsure. She called me in the studio and tested me. When I started rapping Mere gully mein, they were impressed.
What do you feel now after seeing the film?
It was very special and a very emotional experience. The film really made us feel something. If you have worked on something and you can still be moved by it when you see it as a ready product, then that is very significant. We are very happy with the film, very proud of the work and very excited for it.
After the success of SIMMBA, fans are penning hopes on GULLY BOY what are your expectations?
These are things, which I find out about every day. Everybody is like after SIMMBA... but that’s great. It is a wonderful and a welcoming tag. It is creatively empowering to be in this space. But it comes with a responsibility now. People believe now that if your face is attached to some poster, that is a promise of quality and entertainment. And these people are paying and going to the halls believing that you will deliver the entertainment to them as promised. That is why they are putting their trust and their money on you. So I understand that responsibility, I am choosing my stories wisely and doing the best I can. Alia’s security saw the film with us and he is a SIMMBA audience and he loved that movie but after he saw GULLY BOY, he sobbed at the end of the film. He told me that he loved this movie as well and my take away from that conversation was that this movie is ‘apne logon ki film’. This movie’s characters are very relatable and grounded. Zoya is very particular about these detailing. When you watch the film, you can almost smell Dharavi. It’s quite amazing what she has achieved.
Your role in GULLY BOY is very raw and real was it tough to portray?
One has to become comfortable as an actor to reveal that side of yours as its very real and authentic. It protects from people and that side of you only comes out when you are with people whom you really trust. Initially I wasn’t very comfortable being emotionally naked in front of the camera. Zoya has the ability of peeling away the layers and bringing out the real me and that is because of the relationship that she has cultivated with me. More than filmmaker, she is my friend. It was seen first in LOOTERA and then in DIL DHADAKNE DO. I was very raw in LOOTERA. In SIMMBA, he has got all the action and all the dialogues, but this is different. He is there, he is present but he is reacting to everything that is happening around him. I learnt and adapted to that mode of performance in DIL DHADAKNE DO. And now I am very happy to see that I have come a long way from there. I have learnt many things along the way. There is a lot more to react to and to do. Your performance is one that is structured by your co actors and I have had the privilege of working with outstanding co actors. You will be blown away by their work.
Deepika called you ‘hot’ after SIMMBA’S role, what was her reaction now?
Now she calls me hotter as she loves my look in Zoya’s movies.
With the film talking about showcasing music and talent what do you have to say about the youngsters?
I believe it is important for original music to come out for young talent to be given a platform to showcase their expression and talent. And its happened already with the people who have been credited with the lyrics, through our music album and the mainstream exposure that we are hoping to give these boys, is happening. It’s a very significant point as we had hoped it would be for this Hindustani hip-hop. They feel that sense of ownership and they know what it means for them. They are pumping this film with love and energy and that is why it has become so special.
You never repeat your roles and hence you haven’t got stereotyped what makes you select a particular script?
We are definitely rooting for the characters in this film, which is the achievement of the storyteller. I am thrilled that the films I have done have come out in this sequence. It allows me to establish that notion that I am a versatile actor and that’s something I have endeavoured towards. There is no good and bad acting or better or worse. I am trying to be the best actor that I can possibly be. If you can be effective across genres and transform yourself and be as believable as an underdog, that is what I have consciously endeavoured towards. Like doing an introvert character in LOOTERA and then absolute raw and rambunctious in RAM LEELA, in the very same year. Then in 2015, DIL DHADAKNE DO and BAJIRAO MASTANI in the same year now it was Khilji and SIMMBA after which it’s GULLY BOY. Now through social media you can consume what the on-going talk is about, I know that aspect is being spoken about now significantly than never before. People are recognizing my versatility and that is something that I like.
Will you play a dark character like Khilji anytime soon?
Probably not. Not anytime soon, not on the periphery. I can’t go back there. Touchwood, I am very blessed that right now, I am going through a very good time and happily married. I am being showered with love and affection from my wife. I am in a very warm and fuzzy, happy space in life. To be honest, when Khilji was offered to me, I was happy even then. But I was prepared to go down that rabbit hole. Now, I am not prepared to do that again because having done that before, I know how deep and dark it is. I don’t want to do that. Not anytime soon and hopefully never. I will do this mercy on myself and not go down that path again.
What genres you want to explore now?
I am very excited that I am doing a sports film, I wanted to do a sports film. I wanted to play some kind of athlete and I am lucky and blessed that I am a part of playing a living legend and perhaps the most extraordinary story of human will and triumph. It’s the most unbelievable and spectacular story. There is a whole generation that doesn’t know who these guys were and the magnitude of what they have achieved and how they did it. I am very honoured and privileged to a part of this film.