Kolkata witnessed an electrifying Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor on Thursday as he visited the city to promote his upcoming film 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' and claimed that it was never awkward for him to be cast opposite former girlfriend Deepika Padukone.
When asked that how awkward it is to work with his ex-girlfriend, Deepika, in the movie, Ranbir said in Kolkata, "Well, it's not awkward at all. Me and Deepika came into this film individually as actors. Ayan (director of the film) narrated the idea to Deepika and she liked it. We both are hard working, ambitious, passionate about movies and we just focus on the work so I don't think there is any awkwardness."
Actor said the "turning point of my career was working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali as an assistant director in Black. Ranbir Kapoor, who wowed the city, caused a near stampede in a school he visited.
The cast of this film includes, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechlin, Kunal Roy Kapur, Poorna Jaganathan and Naveen Kaushik.
Ace Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit Nene has performed an item number in the film.
He said, "The film is about four youngsters which are Deepika, Aditya, Kalki and myself on a trek together. It is the journey of these four youngsters and we wanted to capture their lives, their ambitions and desires, first time they fall in love, first time their heart breaks, the second time they again fall in love."
When asked about his journey from ´Saawariya´ till ´Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani´, the Bollywood actor said, "It is amazing. I am really happy that I got to do what I love and that's what is important in life. I am lucky to work with such good directors. I think I was in the right place at the right time."
Ranbir said, "Working in a film like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani is way harder than films like ´Barfi´ and ´Rockstar´ because in this film I have to play myself. Opening a person on screen is really hard."
Ranbir denied rumour of remaking ´Awara´ and said, "I will not remake my grandfather's film."
Ranbir was all praise about Kolkata.
"The place, the food the whole essence of Kolkata is so special. I have travelled many cities in the world but Kolkata has the beauty. The city touches my heart," Kapoor said while speaking about the city.
Ranbir also visited a school in Kolkata where he interacted with the students and danced on one of the numbers from his film- ´Batameez Dil.´
Speaking about ´Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani´, director Ayan Mukherjee said: "It is a story of the exhilarating and terrifying journey of four characters as they navigate through their youth; from their carefree laughter as they set off on a holiday together in their colleges days, until their bittersweet tears as they watch the first of their bunch get married. It is an effort to somehow capture the spirit of their lives, wrestle with it and give it to our audience in a bottle."
(Reporting by Shubhrima Dutta)