Mumbai, Aug. 18 -- Ranbir Kapoor has a fan following not only among the audience, but also the latest generation of actors - while Arjun Kapoor feels that Ranbir is the "star of our generation", Sidharth Malhotra finds him to be "the best" among the current lot, and "a great actor" who is "superb" in all his films.
The Kapoor scion, on his part, feels "really grateful" for the praises. He, too, compliments the new entrants, and foresees a great decade ahead, as far as the quality of acting and cinema goes. "I think there's a lot of healthy competition [in Bollywood right now]. We are all doing great work, so we can push each other [to do better]. I think it's going to be an exciting 10 years ahead," says Ranbir, adding, "Be it Varun (Dhawan), Sidharth, Aditya (Roy Kapur), Sushant (Singh Rajput) or Tiger (Shroff), they are all so well prepared and they are so talented. When you watch their first film, it feels like you are watching their eighth or ninth. When I watch my first film, (Saawariya; 2007), I get a feeling that I was extremely raw. I didn't know what I was doing."
Despite earning critical acclaim for several of his roles, Ranbir credits "sheer luck" for his success, and modestly adds, "I really believe that I have been at the right place at the right time. I am really lucky that I came [to Bollywood] at a time when a lot of directors were writing characters for younger people. So, I think I opened certain doors and mind-sets for directors to make movies with young characters."