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RISE AND SHINE: LOOKING BACK AT RANVEER’S 5 BRAVE FILM CHOICES

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The Bollywood star with quirky fashion choices and an ultimate livewire Ranveer Singh, who turned 36 on Tuesday, is known not only for his unconventional sartorial sense but also for establishing himself as one of India’s most bankable actors. He has consistently delivered hit films.

His flamboyance, craziness, and eccentric antics never fail to grab the audience’s attention, promising them a maverick surprise each time he hits the public gaze, be it on-screen or off screen. Looking at Ranveer’s body of work, right from his debut in ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ to his last theatrical release ‘Gully Boy’, it feels that the actor has come a long way.

It’s taken Ranveer just over a decade to tick all the boxes and establish himself as a true blue entertainer.

Let’s revisit his 5 memorable projects that the Bollywood star has shone in:

BAND BAAJA BAARAAT (2010)

At a time when Bollywood did not look beyond star kids and big names, Ranveer came as a breath of fresh air. In 2010, the actor made his debut with ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’.

In the YRF movie helmed by Maneesh Sharma, Ranveer plays Bittoo Sharma, a fun-loving youth who starts a wedding planning business with Shruti Kakkar (Anushka Sharma), an ambitious girl. Even though they promise to not mix business with love, they soon start to realise they have feelings for each other. It was an entertaining movie. Ranveer’s portrayal of Bittoo is true-to-life, extremely realistic as well as fun to watch. 

LOOTERA (2013)

After his debut film in 2010, instead of choosing more light-hearted roles, Ranveer made some brave choices at the start of his career, taking everyone by a pleasant surprise. In 2013 with Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘Lootera’, he showed his range as an actor. The film remains one of Ranveer’s most appreciated and yet underrated works to date. He plays Varun Shrivastav, an archaeologist, who goes to the village of Manikpur and wants to study the land around the temple which the zamindar owns. Varun impresses the zamindar with his knowledge and charms his daughter Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha). However, he leads a mysterious second life which ruins his relationship with Pakhi. Varun runs away only to be reunited with her years later under very different circumstances.

PADMAAVAT (2018)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ was his breakthrough performance. Ranveer and SLB have worked together in three films so far and have created magic every time. Some would argue that his Khilji act in the period drama goes down as one of the best performances in the history of Indian cinema.

The film also starred Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. Ranveer brilliantly portrayed Sultan Alauddin Khalji who is obsessed with capturing the famed beauty Queen Padmavati (Deepika) of Mewar. The only one standing in his way is her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid).

SIMMBA (2018)

After SLB’s ‘Padmaavat’, Ranveer took up a completely different role with the action-comedy film ‘Simmba’, yet again proving his vast range. Directed by Rohit Shetty, ‘Simmba’, which also starred Sara Ali Khan, follows Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao (Ranveer), a corrupt police officer who works for Durva, a big drug smuggler. When Durva’s brothers rape and murder a girl close to Simmba, he decides to go on the path of righteousness to avenge her. It worked well commercially and the actor is working again with Rohit in ‘Cirkus’.

GULLY BOY (2019)

Undoubtedly one of Ranveer’s best movies is the Zoya Akhtar-directorial ‘Gully Bolly’, which also starred Alia Bhatt and Siddhant Chaturvedi. ‘Gully Boy’ was a critical as well as commercial success. 

Ranveer plays Murad, a 22-year-old boy, living in the slums of Dharavi, Mumbai. The story beautifully showcases the inspiring journey of Ranveer’s character into his struggle to make it big as a rapper. His pairing with Alia also works out in favour of the film. They had an interesting chemistry and their pairing was quite refreshing.

The star also raps his way into our hearts with his brilliant rapping skills perfectly showcased in songs like ‘Apna Time Aayega’, ‘Mere Gully Mein’, and ‘Asli Hip Hop’.

These were just a few films that made us fall in love with Ranveer, who has several awards under his belt and will surely gain many more in future.  His cinematic journey is awe-inspiring. — With ANI inputs

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