If Ranveer isn't considered good looking, we don't know who is.
In his latest interview, the Padmaavat actor got candid about working with Aditya Chopra, his 2010 debut Band Baaja Baaraat alongside Anushka Sharma and how it changed his life.
"Ranbir Kapoor said no to Band Baaja Baaraat. YRF was looking for a new face I got a call and I knew this was the opportunity I was waiting for. I kept my face safe and didn’t do modeling or music videos. And then I got a massive launch, essentially for an ‘outsider’, opposite a reasonably recognisable star Anushka Sharma," said Ranveer.
"I ought to be pinching myself sitting in front of people. I wake up everyday thinking that I am living a dream. I was this young kid obsessed with Hindi movies. I struggled for three years in Mumbai, with my portfolio in my hand. I went through the routine drill. I made my own luck. I put myself in that position that where that good wave comes and you can flow with it."
Surprisingly, his mentor and producer Aditya Chopra told him he's "not a conventionally good looking boy. He said 'my son you have to act really well if you want people to like you', which is a polite way to say you are ugly."
"Aditya Chopra realised star system was killing the industry at that time. He realised the need of the hour was to give actors break on the basis of talent and not legacy. He started with Anushka followed by me. And mine was a great example. A leading man suddenly born out of sheer auditioning process," added the actor.
And the fame hit Ranveer like a truck. He was clueless about how to deal with it.
"When I first came to into the limelight I was very nervous. I was famous three days after my first film released. I didn’t grew up around anybody famous so I was confused how to deal with this beast. This fame or stardom hit me like a truck. I was struggling with that hit for three years till the time I got critical acclaim for Lootera and critical/commercial success of Ram-Leela."
"I didn’t know who to be? how to be? what to say or do? Every decision was affected by this notion that I want people to like me as we are in the business of making people like us. I was making affected decisions in my dressing or domineer thinking that this is how a young upcoming actor is suppose to be."
However, he has remained grounded after his success and says he enjoys entertaining his fans and audience.
"You are not allowed to have a bad mood day. There is a certain responsibility. You are an entertainer. I take it upon myself to entertain and please people to spread smile and joy. I believe that’s my calling. I love the crowd and interacting with people. I get very excited when somebody gets excited seeing me. Till now, I haven’t realised or believed that I have become a star. Priyanka Chopra, my very dear friend says, 'You are that boy who will always be telling his mother... Mom I have become a star'."