Ranbir Kapoor is currently on cloud nine. The actor is promoting his upcoming release Shamshera and will soon take on paternity. On Saturday, Ranbir interacted with a group of journalists at YRF Studios in Mumbai and shared his excitement at the ongoing phase of his life.
Ranbir married his longtime girlfriend, actress Alia Bhatt, in April and the couple recently announced their pregnancy. Ranbir said that while he is “not ready” to become a father, he is “thrilled, excited”. “(I) always wanted kids, me and alias We’ve talked about children since we met. We want to have as many children in life as we can afford. She’s back tonight, I’ll see her in two months, so we have a lot to talk and plan (to do). We talked on the phone every day and dreamed about the future as it will be. But until the day it happens I don’t know how it will be but I’m so excited,” Ranbir shared.
Ranbir then shared that he and Alia did a few mock interviews between themselves as they knew Ranbir would be asked about paternity while promoting Shamshera. “I knew I would be asked that question a lot when promoting Shamshera. So I had also rehearsed a lot with Alia. Ahe asked me ‘Ranbir, aap pita banne wale ho, aap kya kehna chaahte ho?’ (Ranbir, you are going to be a father. How do you feel about this?) But those were just words and I cannot describe the true feeling I feel inside. I’m very happy and very excited and very nervous, I’m scared too but I’m very grateful,” he said.
The Jagga Jasoos actor said he had “never experienced that emotion in his life”. He said: “I have experienced various emotions, but this is an emotion that completely fills your heart. Jo ho raha hai, kya ho raha hai, itni jaldi ho raha hai. (Something happens, what happens, it happens too soon). Are we prepared? Will I be able to hold my child properly?” Ranbir said that he is afraid of holding a baby. He said: “Even now, when I’m holding a baby, I’m so scared. I don’t know how to cradle a baby while keeping your neck and back secure. I took tips from Karan (Malhotra, Shamshera director) as he had a baby during the pandemic.”
Ranbir said he doesn’t make Alia “sacrifice her dreams” after having a baby. The Sanju actor explained that she and Alia grew up in a time when their fathers worked and therefore they were mostly raised by their mothers. Ranbir said he wants to be a more active parent for his baby and he and Alia have been talking about it for a while.
“Alia and I have been talking for some time now about how we will divide our duties and time. We grew up in a generation where our fathers were pretty busy with work and not around us, so we were more or less raised by our mothers, so we were close to our mothers. I want to have a different dynamic with my kids, I want them to be close to me too,” he said. Ranbir added: “Alia is a very busy working star in this film industry and I don’t want her to sacrifice her dreams because she has a child. So we have to plan a balanced life somewhere where we can both enjoy our personal life and our professional life, so it’s one day at a time, one step at a time, but I have a lot of expectations from it.”
As Ranbir moves into another phase of his personal life, he was asked if he will move from coming-of-age movies to massy movies in this era. Ranbir said he’s not planning anything of the sort, but is looking forward to a diverse bouquet of films.
He said, “An actor gets a number of offers and opportunities to choose the best from the lot.” Among the upcoming films, audiences have seen promotional material for Shamshera and Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra. Discussing his other films, Ranbir said: “Luv Ranjan’s film is a feel-good romantic family comedy. The movie is hilarious, it will make you cry, give you a warm smile.” Speaking of Sandeep Reddy Vangas Animal, Ranbir said, “Animal is probably the most shocking character I’ve had the chance to play in my entire career, nobody would expect me to play such a role. It has shades of extreme gray.”
He added: “These are all risky films, they are not safe films, but I’ve always been excited to do something risky, something big. If you really want to make it big in life, if you really want to make a difference, then you have to take that risk. If you don’t take that risk, you can succeed at something, but to really succeed, you have to take the risk.”