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The dream of a 12-year-old Hindi film-obsessed Ranbir Kapoor is still incomplete, says the actor

Ranbir Kapoor talks about the heroes he grew up watching and how he doesn't think he has come close to them.

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Ranbir Kapoor will be seen on screen after four years with Shamshera (2022). His previous release, Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju (2018), was a box-office success and the actor has achieved star status in his 15-year career, but he says his dream is incomplete.

The makers of Shamshera, Yash Raj Films, have started a series called RK Tapes ahead of the film's release, which sees Kapoor speaking about himself and his love for cinema in the grand setting of South Mumbai's Liberty cinema.

In the second episode, Kapoor confessed, "I wanted to be Amitabh Bachchan. When I grew up, I wanted to be Shah Rukh Khan! Finally, I had to be Ranbir Kapoor.”

The actor added that he always likes to watch his heroes from a low angle, on screen and off, and never sees himself equal to that.

“By the time I grew up, these Hindi film heroes had become my real-life heroes," Kapoor said. "Everything I did, how I dressed, how I spoke, subconsciously in everything I did I was inspired by my heroes. But, strangely enough, when I became an actor, I wasn’t choosing the kind of films my heroes would choose. So I may have satisfied the actor in me, but when I look back at that 12- year-old, Hindi film-obsessed Ranbir, I feel his dream is still not fulfilled."

With Shamshera, the actor seems to be living his dream of starring in a larger-than-life movie. The film is set to be released on 22 July in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.