Ranbir Kapoor opens up on his biggest failures at Red Sea Film Festival, says, ‘Jagga Jasoos is the only film that hurt me’

angel: Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor discussed his life and career during one of the ‘In Conversation’ sessions at the finals of the Red Sea Film Festival on Wednesday. “It’s part of Indian culture,” Kapoor told Deadline at a party hosted by GQ later that evening. “The songs, the dance. They love the movies, especially the Asian subcontinent. So it’s always good to have that love.”

Speaking in detail, he discusses projects in his filmography that he believes have failed, either because of poor box office numbers or conflicting artistic results. Discussing his 2022 action film ‘Shamshera’, he said, “It is by far the most difficult film I have worked on. It was a huge disaster at the box office, but the biggest mistake I made on Shamshera, It was that I was stuck on the beard.”

He was referring to the prosthetic beard he wears during the film. To the crowd’s rapturous laughter, he continued: “When you’re shooting in the heat, and you stick on a beard, it’s like your face is melting off.” Ranbir continued to discuss his 2017 family drama ‘Jagga Jasoos’, which he described as “another disaster”.

He said, “It was a film that I produced. It was a passion project. It was directed by Anurag Basu. It was a very touching and lovely idea, but it didn’t do well, That really hurt.” “It’s the only film in my career that has hurt me.”

`Shamshera` is one of those big-budget, high-profile Bollywood titles that have struggled at the box office in the past year even though Indian cinemas have been open for almost a year now without any covid restrictions. “The last few years have been very bad,” he told Deadline of the situation at the Indian box office.

“The whole culture of a community going to a theater to watch a film seems like it’s dying, and it’s only for big-ticket films, but I hope that with strong storytelling and renewed vigour, Indian Cinema will come. Back.”

In contrast, away from the predominantly Hindi language Bollywood industry, films from South Indian film industries, such as the Kannada language KGF: Chapter 2 and the Telugu language RRR are breaking box office records in India and abroad. “They are telling really good stories,” he said of the recent south India cinema boom, citing SS Rajamouli’s RRR, which has grossed over $140 million worldwide.

“It’s not taking itself too seriously. It’s all songs, dance, action, friendship and comedy. So it’s a multi-genre film, but they’re hard films to make because we try to make them.” Huh.” And they keep failing. So we are really proud that a film like RRR is making an impact in Hollywood.”

The film is a fictionalized account of real Indian freedom fighters and stars Jr NTR, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn and Kapoor’s wife Alia Bhatt. Kapoor and Bhatt’s relationship was often raised in the public eye, with fans curiously asking how the pair balance parenthood with their careers.

Alia recently made her English language debut with Netflix and Skydance’s spy thriller Heart of Stone. Gal Gadot and Jamie Dornan co-star in the picture. While he has made his way to Hollywood, Ranbir told Deadline that he doesn’t see himself in the States any time soon.

He said, “I will never say never, but I am quite satisfied with the kind of opportunities that are coming in my country in my language.” “I have a definite block in my mind about acting in English. I would love to act in my own language as it comes naturally to me. But never say never.”