I dont believe in remakes, would love to do negative roles: Ranbir

Ranbir KapoorRanbir Kapoor wants to play the baddie, but the star of movies like “Rockstar” and “Barfi!” says no director is ready to accept him in such a role.

“I would love to play a negative role, something that is like an anti-hero. Something without guitars, rose and without a heroine. I have been asking this for quite a long time, and I hope the directors are hearing me out and come out with scripts like that,” the 30-year-old told IANS.

He spoke on the sidelines of the first edition of the Times Of India Film Awards (TOIFA) here. He will host the awards night Saturday.

Indian cinema is celebrating its 100 years, and Ranbir says a significant change over time is the fact that there are “challenging roles for actors today, unlike past when an actor kept on doing same kind of roles for three to four years”.

“I think the time when films like ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Lagaan’ came into being, that was the period when we noticed the slight switch in storytelling. I think cinema has kind of evolved after that. Also, I think every hero was playing the same character over three to four years in the past, but right now there is so much diversity in characters,” said the young hearthrob from Bollywood’s famous Kapoor family.

Ranbir has himself managed to maintain a great variety in his roles – be it a free-spirited boy in “Saawariya”, a loverboy in “Bachna Ae Haseeno”, a carefree college boy in “Wake Up Sid”, a ruthless manipulator in “Raajneeti”, a struggling singer in “Rockstar” or a deaf and mute innocent boy in “Barfi!”.

“There are so many challenging roles now. There are more stories to tell. Back then, there were more society problems (in films). Now, we have wider things to make,” he added.

Of late, Bollywood has seen a lot of remakes – the latest being “Himmatwala” and “Chashme Baddoor”. But Ranbir doesn’t care much for remakes.

“I don’t believe in remakes and so far I haven’t done it. I never say never, but golden films can never be made again. I am very happy with the kind of original work that is going around in the industry,” he added.

The actor will be next seen in “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”. The film, directed by Ayan Mukerji, also stars Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur. It hits theatres May 31.

Ranbir will also play lead in a biopic on late actor-singer Kishore Kumar.



  • Mr. Ranbir Kapoor , then wht was barfee ? – a remake (unofficial copied ) mixture of 47 scenes frm world films .

  • Yes he believe is just copying full movie without giving credit to the original. He is PR made most Fake guy in Bollywood..

  • @Khan Kapoor- At least salman khan remake films r official ( they purchased the rights frm original film producers ) nt like barfee who copied freely n illegally.. mr . ranbir who is sayin i will nt work in remakes ..an also ranbir also knws barfee is copied , then why he is hiding that fact .

  • That’s good. Prefer original stories rather than remakes. Would love to see him as an anti-hero. But he doesn’t look like a villain. Ranbir has the looksof a charming good guy.

  • @Salman Khan fan story of barfi is original, only some scenes were copied. and almost every movie is inspired from another movie. ETT’s actions were copied from Bourne series, and ra.one and Don 2 copied some action sequences with hollywood movies. even some scenes of ZNMB was copied.

  • @khan kapoor ur right. Getting inspired from a movie or taking few scenes from a movie and presenting in different way is not a bad thing. But remaking a a whole movie that too scene to scene copy of movie is not good. If anyone buy a remake right, atleast they shud make some changes and present in better way. Be it wanted, bodyguard, ready, rowdy rathode,singham etc, each of these films is a scene to scene remake without even a minute change.

  • I have seen bodyguard, and it is not a scene to scene copy.

    Just because you guys hate Salman, doesn’t mean you criticise each and everything.

    Also, the makers of most of the remakes are same, and if the original makers thought it should remain same, and it became a superhit, don’t you think they are right.

    Also, Salman is an actor, he is not the maker. He enacts the role that is given. So, stop blaming anything and everything on the actors.

    Ra.One was a copy of how many english movies? I never blamed srk for that, cuz he is just the actor and not the director or the story writer. He gave his best, but it flopped. Salman gave his best and it went superhit. So, the makers of Salman movies got it right, while srk’s movie makers got it wrong.

    I don’t want to comment on what Ranbir’s thoughts are, and he says ‘never say never’, so if he gets a good role in a remake he will do it. Period.

    There is nothing permanent in this industry. Guys who start out as heroes, becomes villians and vice versa, and everyone will taste flop, no matter who you are. Koyi bhagwaan nahin hain and nothing is permanent.

    However, i would say Ranbir had to guts to try different genre when, after the success of Ajab Prem Ki….he could have got so many typical roles.

    He is star for the future, but i wonder he would continue doing movies of other production for long, as he will surely restart the RK banner movies and star in his own production.

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