Actor Ranveer Singh, who is riding high on success with his latest film Simmba has expressed that his aspiration was never to be an actor, but to be a hero as he grew up watching superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and The Khans of Bollywood. With the recent interview with DNA, the Padmaavat actor talked about his journey and experience of being a hero.
He said, “What made me want to join the movies was watching films and wanting to be like the stars of that era. Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Anil Kapoor, Akshay (Kumar) sir, Ajay (Devgn) sir, the Khans (Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman), Sanjay Dutt and Hrithik Roshan sir, these are people who have individually and collectively inspired me to be a Hindi film hero. Plans and ideas formed in my head as a child, but I started out by not wanting to be an actor. I always wanted to be a hero, which I am now.” (sic)
The Gully Boy actor was elated with the success of Rohit Shetty’s Simmba as he got calls from the close ones and a standing ovation from the audience at the theatres. Talking about the appreciation he received, he said, “One of my dad’s close friends owns a theatre. When he received standees of Simmba, he called to tell us how surreal it was. They have seen me growing up and suddenly there I was on a standee. For me too, the feeling was one of immense joy. This larger-than-life mounting of a Hindi film hero is something I craved for. Going to watch the movie at single screens with the masses is a different high. I am where I dreamed of being. Simmba was my first movie of this scale and mounting.” (sic)
On the professional front, Ranveer is gearing up for the February 14 release of his upcoming film Gully Boy which is directed by Zoya Akhtar and also features Alia Bhatt. He has also begun prepping for 83 where he will be essaying the role of Kapil Dev. He will also be seen in Karan Johar’s Takht.