Ranbir Kapoor’s sister shares little-known facts about his road to stardom

Ranbir was born to act

He was always an entertainer… There was always so much drama when he was around. As a child, he loved to perform. Whether at birthday parties or competitions, he would dance at the drop of a hat. Even without an audience, he was a riot. We shared the same room for several years before I left to attend university in London, and even though we were very close, being just a few years apart, we fought like crazy. I’m talking physical WWE-style fights, where we taped the superstars of the league and actually bashed each other up! My daughter Samara, in fact, enjoys watching us fight (verbally now, of course!) even today. She loves listening to our childhood stories and all the havoc we created as kids. One of our big targets back then was our Nani, who lived with us when she was alive—we played a lot of pranks on her, one of the reasons being she was very sporting about it.

Our grandfather [Raj Kapoor] was a big influence on him

My favourite childhood memories are of us at our Chembur home. Come Friday, we would pack our bags and head straight to our grandparents’ home after school with our friends and cousins in tow. Saturday we’d head to Big Splash, the water park in Vashi, followed by lunch at an Udipi joint nearby. Ranbir watched every movie under the RK banner—he was definitely inspired by our granddad to become an actor. And even though our grandad passed away fairly early, we continued to spend every weekend with our dadi [Krishna Kapoor, who passed away recently].

He becomes the character he’s playing

As an actor, he is such a natural performer. When he takes on a role, he gets totally into it. He lives, eats and breathes that character. Halfway through Sanju (2018), I forgot it was my brother playing the role and actually believed he was Sanjay Dutt. That says volumes about an actor. Once a movie is over, however, he just as easily snaps out of it. I think that’s special—not many actors can do that.

He takes my mum’s feedback very seriously

He does not take my views too seriously as he thinks I am too biased. For him, my mother’s opinion, and to some extent even my dad’s, matters the most. While I do think he is an all-rounder who can do rom-coms and dramas with equal ease, I would like to see him do something more fun and less serious now. Maybe something like one of his earlier films, like Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), as his comic timing is on point. It would be nice to see him in a movie where the audience can “leave their brains at home.”

He has always been very calm and patient

Ironically, in spite of all his ‘dramatics’, he’s taken after my mum—he doesn’t get rattled easily. That being said, he is certainly not an introvert. I am, on the other hand, exactly like my father [Rishi Kapoor]. I have no filter and will say just about anything that comes to my mind. 

He works hard to stay on top of his game

Like most of us, he, too, has seen success and failures, but he has never let the box office make or break him. He is extremely dedicated and gives every role his all. And, while he is reserved, his mind is always active. He lives to work.

He has been and continues to be, a very cool brother and uncle

He has always been open about his personal life with me. One of the funniest things he would do when I was studying in London was raid my cupboard for potential gifts he could give his ‘crushes’. Sometimes, when I was back home, one of them would end up visiting us wearing one of my belongings and I would be like, ‘That’s mine, right?’ making sure I pulled him up. He was extremely cool with all my boyfriends and, in fact, he would go out of his way to befriend them. We were, and are, more like buddies than siblings. He would visit me very often when I moved to London. When I came back, he had left for New York for some years and even though I didn’t visit him, we would stay in close touch, discussing all aspects of our lives. Even now, given I live in Delhi and he is based in Mumbai, he makes it a point to pamper us with lunches and dinners whenever we are in the city, essentially spending quality time together. He treats Samara like his own daughter—they’re constantly talking and messaging each other. They share their own special bond. — As told to Sheree Gomes Gupta

Read more in Vogue India’s November 2018 issue that hit stands on November 5, 2018

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Photographed by: Bikramjit Bose. Styled by: Anaita Shroff Adajania

On Kareena: Bikini top, Melissa Odabash

Hair: Ajay Kaloya (Ranbir); Priyanka Borkar (Alia); Yianni Tsapatori/ Faze Management (Kareena). Makeup: Mickey Contractor (Kareena); Hemant Naik (Ranbir); Puneet B Saini (Alia). Production: Imran Khatri Productions; Divya Jagwani. Photographer’s assistants: Vikas Gotra (Ranbir). Assistant stylists: Priyanka Kapadia; Fabio Immediato; Aradhana Baruah. Editorial assistant: Janine Dubash

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