Men will be men. Salman Khan has proved that with Dabangg and the super success of some of the recent films starring actors with close to 20 years experience has proven that. Aamir Khan gave 3 Idiots, Akshay Kumar had Housefull to boast of, Shah Rukh Khan gave My Name Is Khan and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi while Ajay Devgn has been consistency personified with Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Raajneeti. Amongst other superstars, Hrithik Roshan missed the bus though with Kites but no one questioned his stardom.
However, when it comes to the secure future of Bollywood’s tomorrow, there is one superstar who is ruling the roost: Ranbir Kapoor. The youngest of them all who has been enjoying a dream run with Raajneeti, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Wake Up Sid and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, he has left behind quite a few of his contemporaries in the race towards the top.
Though breaking into Top-5 would be a little distance away considering the fact that the men out there have a huge body of work to show and have been consistently delivering successful films, as the youngest superstar of Bollywood today, Ranbir – who would soon be seen in Anjaana Anjaani – is definitely enjoying the perks. Joginder Tuteja catches up with some of the Bollywood celebrities who seem to concur for sure!
Abhishek Kapoor: He is absolutely up there.
Arshad Warsi: Yes, he is amongst the top and the future superstar. No doubt about it.
Dia Mirza: I think Ranbir is clearly one of the best actors we have in the country. What makes him a star is the inherent talent, the kind of films he’s done, the fact that he’s young, earnest and good looking. Above all, he is a good person. He is totally one of the top and here to stay for a long time!
Chitrangda Singh: I think Ranbir always had the charm of a star. With his varied choice of films, he is proving his ability, confidence and comfort as an actor as well. A super combo offer for sure!
Jackie Shroff: In his age group he tops.
Jacqueline Fernandez: Ranbir has arrived and is ruling!!
Kabir Khan: Absolutely. He has the talent, he has the following, he has the charisma and he has what is the most elusive of them all: huge box office success. But he still needs a larger body of work to totally cement his status.
Ken Ghosh: There never was any doubt about him being an accomplished actor and in the “top group”. After Raajneeti where he was surrounded by acting greats, he surpassed himself.
Koena Mitra: What I like is that there is lot of silence around him. He is not there all over the place for lot of wrong reasons. Instead, his work makes a lot of noise. That’s a quality of a very good artist. I would refrain from calling him a superstar or ‘baadshah’ because I don’t believe in such terms. If you go abroad the only word that sells is talent
Konkona Sen: Yes, he’s one of the best today!
Madhur Bhandarkar: Ranbir is doing a very good balancing act with the kind of cinema that he is doing. I am very impressed with the way he is shaping his career. He is doing good and meaningful cinema like Wake Up Sid and Rocket Singh. On the other hand he is also doing commercial cinema like Raajneeti. This is good balance and he is going to be there for a long run.
Minissha Lamba: He was always a superstar right from his first film regardless of the fate of his films. Sooner or later he would reign supreme.
Ramesh Taurani: Hundred and ten percent. Wake Up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Raajneeti, Anjaana Anjaani, Imtiaz’s next and Anurag’s next: there is so much happening for him and there is no stopping him. With every film maker and director dying to work wit him and after working with him myself in Ajab Prem…, I know that he is an addiction. We still miss shooting with him. Ranbir is definitely the next superstar of this country.
Riya Sen: After a long time I’ve fallen in love with someone onscreen and that’s Ranbir Kapoor.
Sajid Khan: Of course he is. Why just now? He was a superstar the day he signed so many films even after the debacle of Saawariya.
Sanjay Gupta: Of course he is amongst the superstars we have today but one who is completely fearless with his roles, smart with his choice of directors and intelligent with his selection of movies and banners. This makes him extremely formidable.
Siddharth Roy Kapur: Absolutely. Ranbir has made it really exciting for audiences to await what he is going to do next because he has surprised us with every performance. He has the hunger for good roles and the talent to pull them off effortlessly.
Sudhir Mishra: I have not seen such clear focus and direction in someone so young. He was not falling in the rut or mocking anybody. He has carved a unique niche for himself. He is respectful and is a superbly brought up boy. I don’t think anyone has a doubt anymore about his superstardom.
Suneel Darshan: Ranbir is Gen-next’s potential superstar. He continues to consolidate his status with remarkable scene-stealing performances in successful films.
Suparn Verma: Ranbir Kapoor was a superstar the day he came on the big screen singing ‘Jabse Tere Naina‘ [Saawariya]! After that it was just a matter of time before he was officially welcomed in the Top 10 club. In my opinion his performance in Wake Up Sid and Rocket Singh also deserve a special mention.
Vashu Bhangnani: Yes, he is a great actor and does any role with great ease and versatility. He is a superstar and amongst the best actors that we have.
Vipul Shah: More than a superstar, he comes across as the most secured actor. Look at Raajneeti; in spite of so many stars and actors in the film, he never tried to show that how good he was as an actor. He just stuck to his character and did it honestly. To me that’s the greatest thing about him. Yes he is amongst the top guys now for sure.
Vishal Dadlani: Ranbir’s definitely a superstar. He’s got the talent, the range, the looks, the luck, and most importantly, the level head. He also has a special ability to make people feel good about themselves when he’s talking to them. People like Mr. Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan have this quality, and it definitely contributes to their mega-stardom. I have no doubt that Ranbir has an equally spectacular future!
Vivek Agnihotri: Ranbir is most certainly the best talent we have next to Aamir (Khan). He has a star presence; he plays the character earnestly and convincingly. His social conduct is best, courteous and humble. He looks at ease and is very accessible. Also, he is never burdened with his legacy. If that’s not a superstar then what is? I guarantee he will create unprecedented standards.
Zarine Khan: He is definitely a clear superstar hands down and amongst the top. He has it in his blood. One just cannot doubt his capabilities.