Ranveer Singh says Ranbir Kapoor said no to Band Baaja Baraat

Ranveer Singh, who is one of the most successful young stars of Bollywood, attributes all his success in the film industry is courtesy his hard work and determination. He often says that he still cannot believe he is a Bollywood star.

The 32-year-old actor said that he took many risks and went through a “routine drill” to get a massive launch by a banner as big as Yash Raj Films. Ranveer Singh made his debut in Hindi cinema with 2010 film Band Baaja Baarat which was released under Yash Raj banner.

“I ought to be pinching myself sitting in front of people. I wake up everyday thinking that I am living a dream. I was this young kid obsessed with Hindi movies. I struggled for three years in Mumbai, with my portfolio in my hand. I went through the routine drill. I made my own luck. I put myself in that position that where that good wave comes and you can flow with it.”

“Ranbir Kapoor said no to Band Baaja Baraat. YRF was looking for a new face I got a call and I knew this was the opportunity I was waiting for. I kept my face safe and didn’t do modelling or music videos. And then I got a massive launch, essentially for an ‘outsider’, opposite a reasonably recognisable star Anushka Sharma,” Ranveer said.

The actor was in conversation with Rajeev Masand at News18 Rising India Summit. Ranveer said his mentor and producer Aditya Chopra had made him aware that he is “not a conventionally good looking boy. He said ‘my son you have to act really well if you want people to like you’, which is a polite way to say you are ugly.”

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