That’s most likely what comes to mind when there’s talk about Bollywood’s heartthrob Ranveer Singh. His I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude, his uproarious personality, his loving relationship with ladylove Deepika Padukone and lastly, his claim of being a complete outsider in the Indian film industry definitely made him the talk of the town.
But is his quirky personality, his self-made image, all a facade?
An article claims that Ranveer’s badass front is exactly what that is. A front. Through a number of points, the article has presented varying arguments, backing on the Padmaavat star’s contradicting interviews, controversies and statements.
– His ‘rising star’ image –
Bollywood has always been home to nepotism. While Bollywood royal families, such as the Kapoors (Raj and Anil) and the Bachchans rule Indian cinema, it has always been quite hard for any newcomer to make a mark in the industry.
However, Ranveer has always disregarded the fact that he was ever close to the Kapoors. He also claimed that he only became close to Anil Kapoor while they were filming Dil Dhadakne Do in 2015.
But here’s the fun part; a picture of Sonam Kapoor’s seventh birthday surfaced online, where she was pictured with her cousin Arjun Kapoor. And guess who else was pictured with the two? You guessed it. A young Ranveer Singh.
Arjun in an episode of Koffee With Karan confirmed that he met his Gunday co-star well before either of them became an actor. “We met at these mutual friends’ parties. We had the same enthusiasm for Bollywood. It was amazing,” Arjun had said.
Again, Ranveer had the same circle as Bollywood star kids – so was no stranger to B-Town!
However, it is a well known fact that Ranveer is related to Anil’s family via Sunita Kapoor (Anil’s wife) from his maternal side of the family.
In a 2015 interview with Hindustan Times, the Befikre actor stated that he most definitely did not have a filmi background and had only became an actor because of Anil.
“I have no filmi background,” Ranveer had said. “I loved watching films and used to enjoy them so much that I decided to become an actor. I always observed these guys, and they inspired me. Now, I’m working with my idol, Anil Kapoor.”
Which again, is contradicting since Anil and Ranveer are practially family.
Before marking his Bollywood debut with Yash Raj Films helmed Band Bajaa Baraat, which also starred his then girlfriend, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer was assisting Shaad Ali (who happened to be a Yash Raj Films director, who helmed films such as Bunty Aur Babli and Saathiya).
Now, how did Ranveer’s and Shaad’s paths cross?
The actor says it happened when a 16-year-old Ranveer gatecrashed a high-end Bollywood party.
“I was 16-years-old, in junior college when my friend Sikander suggested we go to a party. The party turned out to be Shaad Ali’s party and had a Ram Lakhan theme. As I entered the house, I see Shanoo Sharma (YRF’s casting director) dancing on the movie’s iconic tunes. So we went inside and I met Shanoo there for the first time. And then we got along like a house on fire,” Bollywood Life quoted him as saying.
– Family’s Financial Crisis –
In an interview with Filmfare, the Ram Leela star stated that his father, Jagjit Singh Bhavani, had a breakthrough in his business, and that’s when things turned around.
“The other day I was cleaning my shoe closet, which has some 100 pairs now. It was a staggering sight. Dad walked past the room and he stared crying. He said I remember once you had just two pairs – one for everyday wear and one while going out. Tell me, how can I not be thankful to God?” Ranveer had said.
However, in another interview, the Lootera actor, ‘who grew up in an affluent family in Khar, Mumbai’, said they provide for everything, leaving his money untouched. “I have all the comfort that I need and it is mostly provided to me by my father and my family…. Whatever I am making is pretty much there and ready to be invested.”
Only Ranveer knows which statement is true.
Ranveer also commented on the financial issues in an interview with Conde Naste Traveller, “We didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up. So, my parents would save up and save up for that one big summer holiday abroad; I remember going to Indonesia, Singapore, Italy, but most often it was the US – we had a lot of family there. And December was always Goa with my grandparents.”
– The Perfect Boyfriend –
Ranveer and Deepika’s whirlwind romance has always made headlines. While it is almost certain that the alleged couple is all set to tie the knot in November whether in Mumbai or a destination wedding, the 33-year-old actor has always been extremely efficient towards his ladylove.
In his own words, Ranveer had declared that he, indeed, is the best boyfriend. And it melts our heart. It really does. But then there are statements by the same actor, which go by; “See the thing is, I am smarter than all the chicks I have met till date. Their EQ (emotional quotient) is much higher than mine, but IQ (intelligence quotient), I am yet to be taken by surprise,” he said.
Umm, misogynist much?
We wonder what Ranveer might have to say about this? So, our main query is: Will the real Ranveer Singh please stand up?
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