Ranbir Kapoor on the action movie “Shamshera”

Actor Ranbir Kapoor said on Friday he was not an angry person in real life and it first worked against him when he took on the role of a fearless warrior in his upcoming film ” Shamshera”.

Kapoor collaborated with filmmaker Karan Malhotra for the period action film, which tells the story of a dacoit fighting for the cause of his tribe and independence from the British.

At the film’s trailer launch event here, Kapoor said he lacks “angst” as an actor, and Malhotra had to work really hard to tap into that side of his personality.

“It was very difficult for me (to make this film). Karan was holding my hand. One thing that I miss as an actor is anxiety. I’m not an angry person. I’m a guy who likes fun loving, happy and relaxed.

“Karan struggled with the angst and we often sat together. He was like, ‘how can I extract the emotion of anger from you for the character’. He started going deeper into my personal life, in my past, because he wanted to tap into that side of me,” the 39-year-old actor told reporters.

Kapoor credited Malhotra, the director of “Agneepath” (2012) and “Brothers” (2015), with forging a great creative partnership with him.

“I have a great partner in Karan. It was a very difficult role and there were many days where I was, ‘I can’t do this.’ Aside from the physical stress, the mental stress of playing this role, of this high octane world, the emotions were on point.

“I was like I was talking to God and saying ‘I work hard, please give it back. I got through those days but I’m glad I did. Without a director like Karan, I couldn’t have done that,” he added.

“Shamshera” is Kapoor’s first film as an action hero. The actor said previous filmmakers would not approach him for such roles.

The actor said he was bored with “my comfort zone” and the kind of films he made.

“After 15 years in the industry as an actor, you have to keep challenging yourself and pushing the boundaries. No director has ever really seen me in movies like this. I’m grateful that Karan Malhotra offered me a role like this because I didn’t get such offers, they usually saw me as an adult or a romantic guy.

“So I jumped on that offer because I knew this film had the potential to speak to a wider audience, to speak to an audience that loves going to the cinema for the cinematic experience,” he added. .

Kapoor’s last theatrical release was 2018’s ‘Sanju’, a biographical drama about the life of Sanjay Dutt, and now he’s sharing screen space with the veteran in his latest film ‘Shamshera’.

Kapoor said Dutt was his “first idol, my hero” since childhood.

“I had a poster of him, I got to know him. He was a friend of the family. Then I acted like him and I got to portray his life. Now I have him. made me become my sworn enemy. The trip was incredible.

“He treats me like his son, a brother and a friend. He calls me and yells at me when I do bad movies… He also insisted that I do larger than life movies and I think ‘Shamshera’ is the positive step towards that,” he added. .

Dutt, who plays Daroga Shudh Singh, said he was excited to collaborate with Malhotra again after “Agneepath,” in which he played iconic villain Kancha Cheena.

“Karan creates ‘ajeeb’ (strange) villains and he gives me such good villain roles. The character is a dangerous and cunning man…

“It’s fun to play these characters. I’m so happy to work with Karan. He has certain things on his mind, he loves making high octane movies,” he added.

Vaani Kapoor, who plays Sona in the film, said “Shamshera” is a “cinematic experience, a larger than life film”.

“I’ve never been part of a film like this before. I’m a huge fan of Karan Malhotra’s previous film ‘Agneepath’ and had the opportunity to work with Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt, whose work has always inspired me,” she said.

Malhotra revealed that Yash Raj Films director Aditya Chopra came up with the basic idea for “Shamshera” after writing the screenplay with his wife Ekta Malhotra.

“It was my wife who suggested the title of the film. So that was the start of this film.

“I believe that a film like ‘Shamshera’ is the future of our cinema. For audiences who go to the theatre, who enjoy the experience of being in a movie theater, having popcorn and samosa, and immersing themselves in a new life, this film celebrates all of that. This should be the future of our cinema,” he added.

“Shamshera” is set to hit theaters on July 22. It will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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