Same role, different versions? 5 things we find in almost every Ranbir Kapoor film

There's is no denying that Ranbir Kapoor is one of the best actors in the industry today. But, why are his roles so short-ranged? Let's find out:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Ranbir Kapoor is one of the finest actors of our generation. He may have been born with a silver spoon, but nobody can say he does not deserve to be where he is. Right from his first film, which was such a huge disaster it still gives his fans the ‘blues’, it has been apparent to all that Ranbir Kapoor can act. It is also apparent that his seemingly vast cesspool of talent is being wasted on films that only ‘feel’ different. For every Barfi or Rajneeti we have a Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ye Jawani Hai Deewani, Tamasha, Ae Dil Hain Mushkil – where the character feels the same, but the plot-lines vary. Slightly.

Don’t believe us or think we are exaggerating? Here 5 things that you’ll spot in almost every Ranbir Kapoor film:

1) Perfecting the Man-Child:

A man-child is someone with the physical appearance of a man and the entitlement of a child. The same way a child’s thought process begins with him/her and ends with him/her, so is the case with the man-child. In Tamasha he portrayed a guy who is ‘suffocated’ by the rejection of his lady love. In Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the theme of unrequited love consumes the lead character so much so that till the every end he refuses to accept that the girl’s no, actually means no. In Ye Jawani Hai Deewani, Ranbir Kapoor’ character realises after much back and forth that his life means if there is nobody to share it (after abysmally treating the girl and just when it felt like she would move on).

How long can Ranbir possibly replay the portrayal of a confused protagonist who is unable to get over his object of affection, or consider another individual’s feelings, and throws tantrums every time he doesn’t get his way?


2) Rich, Privileged, Me-First:

Ranbir has a knack for essaying the character of a rich privileged boy so much so that it has now become his signature role. In Wake Up Sid! , Ranbir essayed the role of a rich ambition-less brat who has no interest in a job till his roommate demands that he grow the hell up. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has a similar plot-line where his career is a side-note thanks to his dad’s bank account and he only begins a career because of ‘toota dil’.

In Rockstar and Barfi we saw Ranbir in a different (no-brat-no-rich) avatar and we loved him in those movies. He can amaze you in any role, but the scripts he chooses hardly ever do justice to his calibre.

3) Ek Tarfa Pyar Ki Kasam:

In Bachna Ae Haseeno, the women are in love with him and he isn’t — till the very end. In Tamasha, the leads are at cross-points. She is in love, he isn’t. Then he is in love  (and goes a little nuts), and she breaks up. In Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, most people find it easy to succumb to his charms, and he stays ‘away’ from the whole concept of love because it interferes with his work.

Meanwhile, in Rockstar, and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Ranbir’s character is seen portraying the doomed lover. AGAIN. How much-unrequited love is enough unrequited love?

4) NO means Yes?

In Ranbir’s filmography so far, his characters have had a really tough time understanding the meaning of a simple NO. She wants to be friends, he wants to throw tantrums. Example? Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Wake Up Sid, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Tamasha. 

5) Heartbreak = a career:

Let’s take Rockstar for example. Ranbir’s character, unable to get his lady love, reaches unimagined heights in his professional career. This motif is constantly repeating in his movies like Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Tamasha and Bachna Ae Haseeno, where more often than not, his character ranges from a non-ambitious guy finding his passion while suffering a heartbreak.Career and love are always intermingled in his movies to reach an intense catharsis.


Ranbir’s next film Jagga Jassos with Katrina Kaif is scheduled to release on July 14. Here’s hoping that with this offbeat venture, Ranbir Kapoor will do away with playing the same role with slight variations. Because with talent like his, we could do so much more.

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