You are in a league of your own Ranbir. But when you work with newcomers or actors one film old, do they sense of you over-powering them?
I don't think I overpower my co-stars. With Pallavi Sharda and Amitosh Nagpal, both have a lot of experience in theatre and have faced the camera before. They are far more enthusiastic than one can imagine. They give more. They add more to the scene. They might not have the stardom that I have, but in a working relationship there is no stardom. It's only two actors working on a scene trying to make certain words on paper come alive. Stardom doesn't count there. What counts is your talent, your intelligence and your hardwork. I've worked with so many new girls – Nargis, Ileana, Shazahn, Sonam and now Pallavi. They are as hard working as Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra or Katrina Kaif. I hope Pallavi and Amitosh get the stardom and become established stars in the business and I'd love to work with both of them again.
You've worked with the Kashyap Bros. Bifurcate them please!
I've worked with both the brothers. But the comparison is startling. Abhinav Kashyap likes to make happy, light hearted and entertaining films. Anurag Kashyap likes to make movies that are too personal to him – things that probably he wants to say or something to do with his personal angst. Abhinav's heroes are larger than life whereas Anurag's heroes are more in the world of the film that he's making. Abhinav's heroes sing songs and Anurag's heroes have to be content with background score (laughs). But at the heart of it, both are very honest to their job. They don't take it for granted and are very hard working. An actor like me wants to work with good directors because they make me a better and a bigger star. I am thankful to their parents to giving birth to both the boys.
Your house must be lying with scripts stacked one over the other. How do you manage to select the best one from the lot?
Fortunately or unfortunately, since the last two years and the next two years to come, I am working with the same directors, apart from Abhinav and Anurag. I am working with Ayan, Imtiaz and Anurag Basu in their next movies. These are people I have had a successful working relationship with. Yes, I do want to work with new talent. When I worked with Ayan in Wake Up Sid, it was a very refreshing change. Unfortunately, I am not able to listen to any scripts right now and once I finish the run of these films, after a year and a half, I would love to work with new directors, new writers who get in new ideas.
My grandfather directed, acted and produced films when he was 21 years old. So there is no age bar for me to produce or not to produce movies. I am already 30 and I am producing a film with Anurag Basu called Jagga Jasoos. I have realised that I don't know if I really want to make films under our R.K. Films banner. It's synonymous with Raj Kapoor. It's his banner and his creation. I can't live up to his vision. I want to collaborate with directors as a producer and hence producing a movie with Anurag Basu. We are equal partners in it. It's called 'Picture Shuru'. If I want to produce films with Ayan Mukerji, I will probably call it something else. I don't believe in this fact that I need to rekindle the R.K. Films banner. R.K Films is right up there in the 'Greats of Indian Cinema' and I wouldn't like to touch it or spoil it or take advantage of it. If I do something, I will create something of my own so that if my children are working in movies, they don't have to have anyone's shadow. Raj Kapoor is too big a name to have a shadow.
Why stay aloof from the social media? Your fans adore you. You should visit this world once.
I know my fans want me on Twitter and Facebook but I wish I could. I want to connect to them personally. I want to connect with them through my movies that I do. I am a bit too shy and don't know what to say. I'm not politically or socially aware to speak things. The mystery of an actor dies I feel if I am too social. Throughout the course of my career, I would like to connect with my fans by the movies I act in, and hopefully in the future, direct. Twitter can always dis-balance an actor. If I have 1000 followers out of which 800 love me and 200 hate me. But I may not get a reality check on things. I might tend to believe them straight up. I think it's better to stay away from it as you are not affected by it and concentrate on my work.
What would be that one scene you'd remember Besharam for?
There was a scene where I had to tie up my father and mouth such explicit words like – 'gendey, motey, etc'. I had to tickle him, gag him and do lots of banter. My father was so encouraging. He really enjoyed the scene. When the director called 'action' we went into our character more than our relationship. It's the best scene of mine.
Do you transfer yourself in a character more mentally than physically?
The roles I've done so far are coming of age, internalizing boys. Barfi and Rockstar were the only two films that required a lot of physical and mental change in me. Besharam is larger than life and such films are very hard for me to do. I come from a certain generation of actors who've grown up on more realistic movies and certain genre of movies. To do a Besharam you need to have a lot of self-confidence and self-belief. Playing a hero comes with a lot of difficulty for me. I am happy playing the underdog but Besharam is loud and over the top and mouthing corny lines. As far as physicality is concerned, YJHD was me, Rockstar and Barfi as I mentioned before had lots of physical attributes. When I do Jagga Jasoos, I play a twelfth standard boy from school. I'm playing a 17 year old boy. So I have to undergo a lot of physical change there.