New Delhi, Nov 1 (UNI) He has been touted as one of the most hyped newcomers in tinseltown in recent times with a dream debut in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film and carrying the legacy of Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor.
However, amid all this hype, Ranbir Kapoor remains quite grounded, attributing his achievement as an actor to his "mentor" and "Guru" Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
''The experience I have gained working with Mr Bhansali on 'Saawariya' is like having worked in 10 films before,'' Ranbir said about his debut film which will release on November 9.
In an interview to be aired on Zee Music this weekend, Ranbir said he had nurtured a desire to work with Bhansali ever since he watched 'Devdas'.
''It was a dream to work with Sanjayji as an actor and that dream has been fulfilled. While in America, I watched 'Devdas' and instantly became a fan of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I set an agenda for myself to assist him and learn. This way, I felt he would also notice me and cast me in a film,'' Ranbir said.
Hailing from the illustrious Kapoor family, which has given to the film industry brilliant actors such as Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor, Ranbir said films were in his genes.
''I have always wanted to do something related with films or around films at least. I do not know if I chose acting or if acting chose me,'' he said.
On whether carrying forward the legacy of performers like Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor was a burden, Ranbir said,''being from the Kapoor family, there is a lot of responsibility on me.
I have to carry a legacy forward. I was born with it and have to take it forward.'' On his relationship with Sonam, daughter of Anil Kapoor and his co-star in 'Saawariya', Ranbir said,''we have been childhood friends. I love her to death and she loves me till death.'' UNI