On Ranbir Kapoor’s Birthday, Here Are 5 Of His Most Unique Roles

Ranbir Kapoor's filmography showcases his willingness to take on diverse roles, from lighthearted comedies to intense dramas.

Published On Aug 31, 2023 | Updated On Jul 08, 2024


Ranbir Kapoor is a renowned Indian actor who has gained widespread recognition for his versatile acting skills, charismatic presence, and choice of diverse roles. Born on September 28, 1982, in Mumbai, India, Ranbir hails from the esteemed Kapoor family, which has been a significant part of the Indian film industry for generations.

Ranbir Kapoor is the son of veteran actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, and he is the grandson of the legendary actor Raj Kapoor. Growing up in a family deeply entrenched in the film industry, he was exposed to the world of cinema from a young age. After completing his education at Bombay Scottish School and later at H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Ranbir decided to pursue a career in acting.

Ranbir made his film debut with Saawariya in 2007, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Although the film did not fare well at the box office, Ranbir's performance garnered attention for his raw talent and screen presence. However, it was his second film, Wake Up Sid (2009), that marked his breakthrough. The film's success solidified his position as a rising star in Bollywood.

Following his arrival as a legitimate actor in the industry, Ranbir Kapoor has gone on to do some brilliant and breakthrough roles in his films over the years. 

Ahead of his 41st birthday on 28 September, here is a list of some of his best work

Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year is a 2009 Bollywood film directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Yash Raj Films. The movie stars Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role as Harpreet Singh Bedi, a young man who aspires to succeed in the corporate world while maintaining his integrity and ethical values.

In this film, Ranbir Kapoor delivered a mature and nuanced performance. His portrayal of Harpreet Singh Bedi showcased his versatility as an actor, as he shifted from his earlier romantic roles to tackle a more relatable and grounded character. Ranbir's portrayal captured Harpreet's journey from a naive and inexperienced salesman to a confident entrepreneur who stands by his convictions.

The film continues to be remembered as a unique entry in Ranbir Kapoor's filmography, showcasing his ability to take on diverse roles and deliver strong performances.

Rockstar is a 2011 Bollywood musical drama film directed by Imtiaz Ali and starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role. The film explores the journey of a young musician as he navigates love, fame, and personal turmoil. Rockstar is known for its powerful performances, emotional depth, and memorable music.

Ranbir Kapoor's performance as Jordan is widely acclaimed as one of his best. He skillfully portrays the transformation of a shy and naive young man into a passionate and tormented artist. Ranbir's portrayal captures the complexities of Jordan's character, his struggles with fame, his emotional conflicts, and his raw vulnerability. His portrayal of the highs and lows of Jordan's journey is both intense and heartfelt.

Over the years, Rockstar has gained a cult following and is considered one of the standout films in Ranbir Kapoor's career. The film's emotional depth, intense performances, and memorable music continue to make it a cherished and discussed work in Bollywood. Ranbir Kapoor's portrayal of Jordan remains one of the defining performances of his career.

Barfi! is a 2012 Bollywood romantic comedy-drama film directed by Anurag Basu and starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role. The film is known for its unique storytelling, heartwarming characters, and exceptional performances. Barfi! is a touching exploration of love, friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Ranbir Kapoor's portrayal of Barfi is widely acclaimed as one of his best performances. Without relying on spoken dialogue, Ranbir conveys a range of emotions and characteristics through his expressions, body language, and interactions. His charming and heartwarming portrayal of Barfi captured the audience's hearts and earned him accolades for his versatility and depth as an actor.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a 2013 Bollywood romantic drama film directed by Ayan Mukerji and starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. The film is a coming-of-age story that explores friendship, love, aspirations, and the pursuit of dreams.

Ranbir Kapoor's portrayal of Bunny is charismatic and endearing. He captures the carefree spirit of the character as well as the emotional nuances of his journey. Ranbir's chemistry with Deepika Padukone adds depth to their characters' relationship, making their on-screen dynamic engaging and relatable.

Tamasha is a 2015 Bollywood romantic drama film directed by Imtiaz Ali and starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. The film explores themes of self-discovery, identity, and the conflict between conforming to societal expectations and pursuing one's true passion.

The film beautifully portrays the complex dynamics between Ved and Tara as they navigate their feelings and the challenges of reconciling their true selves with the roles they are expected to play. Tamasha delves into the conflict between authenticity and conformity, inviting audiences to question societal norms and embrace their passions.

Despite not being a commercial success, over time, Tamasha has gained a cult following, with audiences appreciating its thought-provoking narrative and relatable themes. Ranbir Kapoor's portrayal of Ved adds to his repertoire of complex characters and stands as a testament to his acting prowess.

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