After Shamshera flopped, Ranbir Kapoor made heads turn when he managed to make Brahmastra a huge box office success. The audience flocked to the theatres to watch the movie. His co-stars, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, and Mouni Roy also had a big role to play in drawing in the audience.
Despite some of his big hits, Kapoor has had a shaky career in Bollywood. He has given critically-acclaimed performances in box office hits like Barfi, Rockstar, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, but has also delivered a number of box office duds like Jagga Jasoos, Tamasha, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Besharam (even though the first two received good reviews despite being commercial failures). But, he is one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood.
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Ranbir Kapoor Talks About His Box-Office Debacles
Kapoor talked at length about his film career at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia. He spoke about his hits and misses. In the interview, the star shed light on films that were promising but turned out to be box-office debacles. While talking about this topic, he stated that one of the most talked about films, Bombay Velvet, was not a good film and its box office failure was a well-deserved fate.
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In a video by Brut India, Kapoor was spotted saying that while working on the film, he thought it was amazing because Anurag Kashyap was directing it and it had a great set of actors. “Once you start a film you lose perspective because you surrender to the process. You surrender to the filmmaking, you surrender to the character. So Bombay Velvet was something which deserved the fate that it had because it was not a good film,” he said.
Released in 2015, Bombay Velvet was a period crime thriller film based on historian Gyan Prakash’s book, Mumbai Fables. One of the reasons it failed so badly was because of the heightened set of expectations one expects from a stellar cast and an Anurag Kashyap film. However what was missing was a tight script, distinct characterisation, and story-telling techniques. Critics also blame the bad marketing done by the production to promote the film. Moreover, it was full of jazz music, which is typically not liked by the mainstream audience in India.
On the work front, Kapoor has a massive lineup of projects ahead, one of them is the much-awaited Animal opposite Rashmika Mandanna.