The actor has a hack for getting under a character's skin: he uses a specific perfume for each one. When asked if he had different perfumes for the two characters he portrays in Shamshera, he said, "I was smelling like dust – that was my perfume on this film. We would come on the set and Karan (Malhotra) would play Holi with dust. He would throw dust on us and that became my smell for Shamshera. It wasn't even carefully put on us, we were just sprayed with it through the wind fans."
Ranbir Kapoor is famously introverted. The actor has been vocal about deriving his creative energy from isolation – is he worried that this might be affected due to his marriage and a baby on the way?
"I have found a life partner with whom I can be comfortable in silence also. There are many times when we can just sit and not talk to each other; we don't feel awkward about it. So, I feel I have found a life partner who fills up my life, who completes me, but at the same time, she gives me a lot of space when I need it and I don't need to ask for it. Life is set, yaar," he tells us.
When director Karan Malhotra alluded to Kapoor's bizarre ice breakers, the actor chuckled and then firmly established that it was a topic to be kept under close wraps. When probed further, Malhotra shared that Kapoor would slide up to him in the middle of takes and whisper in his ear, "Tu sone se pehle cream lagata hai kya? Pair pe lagata hai ki puri body pe?" (Do you apply cream on yourself before going to sleep? On just your feet or your whole body?). This is apparently only "the tip of the iceberg", according to Malhotra. Okay then.
"He's one of the most honest guys in the industry," shared Malhotra about the actor. "You can ask him anything under the sun, and he will give you an honest reply. And if he cannot, he will tell you that he can't. For me, to meet such a person who is also an actor is a surprise in itself."
In the opening episode of Koffee With Karan Season 7, Bhatt described how Kapoor proposed to her during a holiday at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. When FC's Sneha Desai mentioned she would be holidaying at the reserve, Kapoor excitedly said, "It's going to be the trip of your lifetime. It's hard, you have to prepare yourself: there is no internet, no television. You're in the middle of the jungle so you're going to feel like an alien. You're going to wake up in the morning at 4.30 every day, have a coffee or tea and then drive for four hours – so there's going to be a lot of this [miming a bumpy ride] in the car. But during that, the breeze is beautiful, you're in nature, you're seeing wild animals wake up. Wild animals who have just made a killing, who are eating their food, going to sleep; there are animals who are alert, thinking there's a predator around. There is tension, there is beauty. It's everything. It's what life is and you just experience it."
How's that for a glowing review?