Nowadays Mr B is completely taken up with Ranbir Kapoor. I remember he’s been praising Ranbir since his debut in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya when he had exulted about the debutant, “Ranbir is the storm.
Sonam is the soft breeze. The narrative is almost like a Beethoven symphony, where the thunderous sound of the orchestra is always followed by the soft thin flute , a symbolic interpretation of gentle desire and overpowering destiny. Have you heard Beethoven’s symphony? There’s a loud orchestra followed by a thin flute sound…This was the genius composer’s interpretation of desire and destiny…The destiny loud and ominous, the desire soft and gentle. It’s like the two protagonists in Saawariya.”
Last year when Mr Bachchan got a chance to finally work with Ranbir the senior actor said, “Without saying much he manages to say anything. His face is God’s blessing. He doesn’t seem to make any effort to convey emotions whereas I’ve to constantly struggle to express myself, ask the director to help me. He needs none of that,” says Mr Bachchan.
Just working in Ayan Mukerjee’s Bramhastra with Ranbir, said Mr B, is a learning experience. “All his films have been a learning graph.I find it very unusual the way he reacts. He doesn’t move any muscle and to convey so much feelings is a tough job. I always notice when he performs he doesn’t do much. And it’s not just his films, it’s even in his ads.
Mr Bachchan went on to add that he envied Ranbir’s effortless acting. “Because I can’t do it.”
And to think there was time when the hostilities between the Bachchans and Kapoor ran high. This was after Abhishek broke up with Karisma Kapoor. Abhishek’s father found it hard to forgive the Kapoors for hurting his son, so much so that he refused to work with Kareena.
I know because I was at the centre of this cold war. I got Mr Bachchan to agree to do Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black. For the part of Mr B’s deaf and mute student Sanjay wanted Kareena. Sanjay wondered, “Would he work with her, considering?….”
The task of asking Mr B was given to me.
The answer was a flat no. “He can choose between her and me. If she is in it, I am not,” Mr B told me curtly.
That was the first of many occasions when Kareena missed working with Bhansali.