Rishi Kapoor is overwhelmed with the kind of response Wake Up Sid has generated for son Ranbir Kapoor. After some anxious moments spent in the week that led to Friday release of the film, he is also relieved that Ranbir has now been widely recognized as an actor who is reliable and can deliver the goods.
"I can't explain how proud I feel today as Ranbir's father", says Kapoor senior, "His performance has made everyone stand up and notice, whether it's the audiences, people from the industry or the critics. With the kind of universal appreciation that he is getting, I am happy that he has done so very well for himself."
With a Kapoor surname to boast of, it was never going to be easy. "Exactly", says Rishi Kapoor, "People feel it's an advantage but the fact remains that as an actor, you have to always prove your own worth. He is making some smart choices and working in distinct films. He hasn't taken an easy route and I am glad that his strategy his paying."
As a father, he has mixed feelings about seeing Ranbir completely immersed in work. On one end he feels pained to see him slogging day in and night out. On the other hand, he understands that hard work means Ranbir is busy and hence he wants him to carry on.
"Even when Wake Up Sid had to release on Friday, Ranbir was working from Thursday night till 6 AM on Friday to get some promotional activities running for his next release Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani", reveals Rishi Kapoor, "He hasn't been resting. Soon he would be going to USA for the shooting of his next film. Meanwhile, he also has to promote Ajab Prem.... which is releasing in November followed by Rocket Singh - Salesman Of The Year in December and then Rajneeti in January."
As a father, doesn't he feel like asking Ranbir to slow down a little? Other than the fact that next few months would be hectic, Ranbir doesn't seem to have taken any break during last couple of years, courtesy some non-stop shooting for five films in a row.
"Arrey, let him work. I am sure he would plan it out all well. He is a grown up boy and knows how to take care of himself. This is the time to work hard", concludes Rishi Kapoor.