In Bandra's plush Krishna Raj Villa, Ranbir Kapoor appears like any other very well-to-do youngster. He wears jeans, a striped shirt and fidgets rather compulsively with his iPhone.
Unlike any random youth, however, Ranbir stars in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's massively hyped Diwali release, Saawariya, a film that, defiant of Bollywood convention, goes head on with Shah Rukh Khan's next, Om Shanti Om.
Raja Sen caught up with the surprisingly deep-voiced Ranbir, and here's what the soft-spoken baritone revealed.
So, how nervous are you? Or should I say thrilled?
You know, honestly, I think it's a mixture of all. Three-four days back, I was quite blank, I was in a state of zen. And I loved that feeling because I wasn't nervous, excited or anxious. But now it's seeping in. The reactions have started coming in from the promos and the music, and so I'm a bit scared and hopefully, everything will come out well.
You've seen the film. How did you like it?
You know, because we worked on the film for so long, you can't really get objective about the film. I'm in love with the film, I'm in love with my character, and I think that even if I'd lasted 10 years in this industry, I wouldn't get a film like Saawariya.
It's such a great opportunity to work with someone like Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I hope and pray, and will work doubly hard to work with this man again, because it was just an out-of-control, brilliant experience working with that man. Yeah, you do feel awkward, the first time you see yourself on screen. But it's just such a beautiful story, and so excellently crafted that it's a good feeling.
Also read: Saawariya music review