Ranbir Kapoor is an Indian film actor. He is the recipient of five Filmfare Awards, and is a leading actor of contemporary Hindi cinema. He is the son of actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, and the grandson of actor-director Raj Kapoor. Kapoor completed his pre-university education in Mumbai, after which he moved to New York City to pursue film-making and method acting at the School of Visual Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, respectively. He began his career in Bollywood as an assistant director on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2005 film Black.
Kapoor's first acting role was as the protagonist of Bhansali's 2007 tragic romance Saawariya, a box office flop for which he was awarded his first Filmfare Award—Best Male Debut. He achieved commercial success with his next release—the 2008 romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno. During the film's production schedule he began a romantic relationship with co-star Deepika Padukone; the highly publicised relationship ended the following year. In 2010 he was awarded the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performances in three films of 2009—the coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid, the comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and the drama Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year.
The role of a troubled musician in Imtiaz Ali's 2011 drama Rockstar earned Kapoor his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor. He played a deaf-mute man in the 2012 Anurag Basu-directed dramedy Barfi!, and won a second consecutive Best Actor Award at Filmfare. His next release, the 2013 romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, emerged as the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time and led The Economic Times to credit him as "the most bankable actor of his generation".
Alongside acting in film, Kapoor supports numerous charities and causes, is vocal about issues faced by women and is the goodwill ambassador of Shabana Azmi's Mijwan Welfare Society. His off-screen life is the subject of fervent tabloid reporting in India.