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Has Ranbir Kapoor’s stardom got affected due to Shamshera’s debacle? Trade experts discuss what the way ahead should be for the actor

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The much awaited Shamshera has miserably bombed at the box office. It’s debacle also casts a shadow on its leading actor, Ranbir Kapoor. His last film Sanju (2018) was a Rs. 300 crores blockbuster and it boosted his stardom. However, out of his 8 films, 6 were flops – Besharam (2013), Roy (2015), Bombay Velvet (2015), Tamasha (2015), Jagga Jasoos (2017) and Shamshera. Only Sanju and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) were successful.

Has Ranbir Kapoor’s stardom got affected due to Shamshera’s debacle? Trade experts discuss what the way ahead should be for the actor

On this, trade veteran Taran Adarsh said, “You are known by your last Friday. And Shamshera did not even open well. So his reputation has taken a beating. However, he is a huge star. People love his acting. He has also been very non-controversial.”

He continued, “I hope Brahmastra is the one (to get him back in the big league). Let’s hope as no one has seen Brahmastra and hence, it’ll be too difficult to pass judgment on it. But I am sure it’ll take a good opening. His line-up is overall impressive. He’s working with young directors who are brimming with new ideas – Sandeep Reddy Vanga and Luv Ranjan.”

Trade analyst Atul Mohan said, “If you don’t deliver for such a long time, then your positioning does get affected. His counterpart, Kartik Aaryan, meanwhile got business worth Rs. 180 crores with Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.”

Way ahead for Ranbir Kapoor
When asked what Ranbir should do now to bounce back, Atul Mohan replied, “He should introspect about the kind of films he is doing. There’s no doubt that he’s good looking and very talented. He has superstar material. He can dance and do action well. Somewhere, he should come out of his comfort zone and work with more people instead of sticking to working with a few directors. I guess he has realized that and is working with filmmakers like Luv Ranjan and Sandeep Reddy Vanga.” He also said, “He shouldn’t experiment anymore. He should focus more on commercial cinema.”

Girish Johar, producer and film business analyst, observed, “Ranbir Kapoor is a budding young film star. He has a huge fan following. However, he suits more in youthful, urban films like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), Wake Up Sid (2009) or even Brahmastra for that matter. He has charisma and he holds Shamshera on his shoulders. But he’s too handsome and probably someone like Vicky Kaushal with his rugged looks would have suited the part more.”

He also said, “Ranbir is too good looking on the screen. Even Hrithik Roshan faced it in Super 30 (2019). He came out with flying colours and the advantage was that the budget was correct. When the budget was sky high like it was in War, the makers focused more on his mass appeal and didn’t experiment. I understand these actors get tired and want to try new stuff. And actors should experiment but not at the scale and budget of Shamshera.”

He continued, “He probably will have to think twice or thrice before giving his nod to any film. Luckily for him, Brahmastra is standing upfront. Also his two other films (Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal and Luv Ranjan’s untitled next) are in his zone.”

Film exhibitor and distributor Akshaye Rathi said, “Ranbir hasn’t done as many films as Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, who have consolidated their stardom for almost three decades. So, he’s still somewhere in the middle in terms of the establishment of his superstardom. He needs to be laser-focused on the kind of content he’s working on and the kind of filmmakers he’s working with. He needs to ensure that he caters to the widest possible audience and earns their love and money. While a few of his movies haven’t really performed like we all wanted to, nothing takes away from the fact that he’s one of the most talented, charming actors we have in this generation. He’s also somebody who I believe has a phenomenal work ethic. He can do any type of role. Whether it’s playing a dacoit in Shamshera or a cheesy lover boy in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil or playing the character in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, he does all of that with equal ease. Nobody can take away his talent from him. It’s only a matter of time before some filmmaker comes and exploits in a way that will make his movies earn the kind of money that no other actor in his generation can imagine achieving on the merit of his own stardom.”

Also Read: What went wrong with Ranbir Kapoor’s Shamshera? Trade experts share their views

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