In the city to promote his latest film 'Ram-Leela', Ranveer Singh talks about playing Ram, making a fashion statement, and working with one of the toughest directors in Bollywood.
Tell us about Ram-Leela.
Ram-Leela is Sanjay Leela Bhansaliís spectacular vision, a young love story, an Indian Romeo and Juliet replete with Bhansali elements ó grand, intense, dramatic, vibrant and emotionally charged. Itís the story of Ram and Leela, two people from two families who canít see eye to eye. While Leela is a firebrand of a girl, Ram is the stud boy of the village ó a raw, passionate guy who just wants to have a good time in life till his path crosses with Leela. Set in Gujarat, with all its colours and moods, this is Bhansaliís home ground, and he has even experimented for the first time with action and an item song, and a very menacing Supriya Pathak.
Which is your favourite love story?
Lootera, and the iconic Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge made by my mentor, Aditya Chopra.
You were into creative writing and advertising before films, any plans of revisiting it?
I am dying to write, and have three film ideas in place already.
Ramís look is turning out to be quite a fashion statement. Was it deliberate?
Itís the beard and the handlebar moustache. Ever since I wore it, fashion blogs and magazines have started taking interest in me, especially in the last one year. Incidentally, when Bhansali met me, I had not shaved in a month, and he instantly liked me as it is.
Because cinema is such a visual medium, I love to experiment with
different appearances. In Ram-Leela,
my designer Maxima Basu and I went to Gujarat to infuse more life into Ram. We bought clothes from local vendors, took pictures of Gujju men, colours of Gujarat, jewellery, garments, turban. Once itís
on, itís the impact the look creates that gives me a kick.
SLB also put you on a tough regime. Why the extra edge when you already were in shape?
Bhansali wanted Ram and Leela to be like magnets ó sexy, sensuous, someone people would lust after, tear their clothes apart