Ranbir Kapoor: Fawad played gay character and opened doors for us

The actor says that thanks to Fawad he can now play a homosexual on screen.


Actor Ranbir Kapoor says that had Pakistani actor Fawad Khan not "opened the door" by playing a homosexual character in Kapoor & Sons, he would have perhaps turned down an offer to play gay on screen. But now the Barfi! (2012) star is receptive to the idea.

The actor opened up about his professional, as well as personal life in a cover interview in Vogue India's September 2016 issue, which will be available on the stands from 6 September, read a statement.

Kapoor has lauded his contempories for taking up risky roles — be it Alia Bhatt in Udta Punjab or Khan in Kapoor & Sons.

Asked if he would play a homosexual, Kapoor said, "Sure, but now it's already been done. Now he's (Fawad has) opened the door and it's easy for us to walk through it. But earlier...I must honestly say, I might have turned it down."

He is also willing to play a second lead in a movie, but conditions apply.

He said, "Suppose tomorrow Rajkumar Hirani offers me the part of Circuit in the new 'Munna Bhai', I would play it and try my best to do justice."

Ranbir is currently living with his grandmother Krishna in her bungalow here and training for Ayan Mukerji's Dragon. He awaits the release of Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and also has Anurag Basu's long-gestating film Jagga Jasoos lined up.

In February, after Dragon, he hopes to start shooting for Hirani's next, a biopic of actor Sanjay Dutt.

Since his debut with Saawariya (2007), Kapoor has seen several highs and lows.

He was applauded for films like Wake Up Sid (2009), Raajneeti (2010), Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009), Rockstar (2011), Barfi! (2012), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), and was censured for duds like Besharam (2013) and Bombay Velvet (2015).

Referring to his current shoot-less days, Kapoor said: "I think I could have an alcohol problem."

"It is a visual medium and I have to look after myself. When I shoot, when I work, I don't drink. But when I'm not shooting...".

Directing a film is something Kapoor has for long expressed interest in. But the actor says there is still time for him to get to the director's chair.

"Look, I know how a film is made, but a director has to find the method to tell the story he has to tell. I'm not, because I'm lazy and acting is taking up my time and I don't have a story, I can't write," he said.