I saw your film “ Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani ” on November 26 and frankly speaking I was blown out. In all fairness it is an ordinary and routine film. But your performance was extraordinary. In Hindi film industry, there are only few instances of actors performing extraordinarily in an ordinary film. Before telling you about the nuances of your performance and your brilliant characterization, let me remind you about some other ordinary Hindi films, where actors performed extraordinarily :
DILIP KUMAR in “ GOPI ”
I watched “ Gopi ” in Allahabad. It was first film of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banoo together after their marriage. It was an eagerly awaited film but it got delayed because of Saira Banoo’s illness. When released, it got bumper opening and was a major hit of that year. I went to watch “ Gopi ” with lots of hope and excitement, but frankly speaking I was disappointed. Its story was very ordinary and routine. But Dilip Kumar was extraordinary in that film and his performance is still fresh and permanently etched on my aging wall of memory. His naughty as well as emotional scenes with Om Prakash and Nirupa Roy, who played his brother and bhabhi in the said film, are text book for any actor and student of film acting.
Amitabh Bachchan in “ Sharabi ”
Amitabh Bachchan’s “ Sharabi ” comes second in the reckoning. An insignificant film in every respect, it is still remembered by the sheer brilliant performance of Amitabh Bachchan. It was huge hit of that year and it has memorable performance of Amitabh Bachchan with Om Prakash, who played his man friday Munshi ji and Pran, who played his father in the said film.
Aamir Khan in “ Ghajini ”
This film is third in the list. Hoping that I am going to watch a psychological thriller, I watched it with lots of excitement and hope. But I was disappointed because actually it turned out to be a routine revenge drama. We have seen umpteen films where the protagonist avenges his wife’s death and beats the antagonist blue and black. Its only saving grace was Aamir Khan’s brilliant, superlative performance.
These three above mentioned films are going to be remembered only because of the memorable performances of Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan. Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan did above mentioned films when they were almost on the verge of taking retirement from the leading roles and were preparing for their second innings as character artistes . Aamir Khan did “ Ghajini ” when he is in the in the middle of his career. But Ranbir, you did this film when you are only 3 films old.
Romantic comic roles are always difficult to perform and portray. You did all the light scenes brilliantly. And you were equally good or rather brilliant in the scene where you are remembering Your lady love after she departs. “ Chhod na yaar kuchh aur baat karte hain…..”. That drunken scene of yours will always be remembered by all the connoisseurs of Hindi films. I vividly remember drunken scenes of Dilip Kumar in “ Sagina ” and “ Saudagar ” and Amitabh Bachchan in “ Amar Akbar Anthony ” and “ Shakti ”. Aamir Khan will always be remembered for his drunken scene in “ Raaja Hindustani ”. Your drunken scene matches their brilliance.
Towards the end I would like to say something about your dancing skills. After Hritik Roshan’s arrival almost every newcomer started aping his dancing skills. You are the only one who danced in a very different way. All the songs of “ Saawariya ” specially “ jab se tere naina ” are still fresh in my memory. In this film also your dance in “ prem ki naiyya……” Is very different and will always be remembered.
A very strong point in your journey as an actor is the way you work on your characterization. “ Saawariya ”, “ Wake Up Sid ” and now “ Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani ” bear poignant testimony of your ability in this field. “ Saawariya ” was a difficult film to start your journey with. But you accomplished your feat beautifully. I hope you remember a long letter that I wrote to you after attending the premiere of “ Saawariya ”. In that letter I penned my views about your acting skills in general and about “ Saawariya ” in particular in detail. Now instead of writing my thoughts on paper and sending it to you I am jotting down my thoughts on my Black Berry and shall post it on my blog space. This will enable this letter to be shared by many.
You score in your films because you love life and you are keen to experiment with it. I still possess a note which you wrote on a book, which you gave me as a present, while I was working with you at your home prior to the release of your debut film “ Saawariya ”. The book in question is a biography of your legendary grand father Late Raj Kapoor. I am posting that note here. I still have very fond memories of my training lessons which I did with you. But I will write about them later.
And best of luck for your new Yashraj film “ Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year ”.
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