Ranveer Singh
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I thought marriage was a defunct institution: Ranveer

Ranveer Singh

Ever since Ranveer Singh made his debut with Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), his personal life has been in public focus. Initially, he was rumoured to be in a relationship with his first co-star, Anushka Sharma. Now, Deepika Padukone, who plays his love interest in Ram-Leela, is allegedly dating Ranveer.

In these excerpts, the carefree actor talks about these link-ups, his plans to marry, superstition, money and why fame is overrated.

You hurt your back (while shooting for Lootera) and now you’re recovering from dengue.
Mujhe nazar lagti hai (I get affected by the evil eye). I’m not superstitious, but these occurrences have been uncanny. When the song ‘Tatad tatad’ (from Ram-leela) released, I got dengue. When I took my shirt off for a scene in Gunday, I hurt my foot with a piece of glass. Then, I cut my face. I’ve lost a lot of time because of my back and dengue; I have to catch up now.

Why do you think your love life is always in the limelight?
The more you stay in the limelight, the more your personal life will be probed. I have a lot to learn about protecting my personal space. I’m unguarded. I’m honest and things get misconstrued. I don’t know a thing about being a public figure. Fame came to me overnight. No one trained me. People asked all sorts of stuff and I had to learn to talk with tact and discretion as I went. What you say leaves you open to judgement and cynicism. And I don’t like being in the limelight or being a public figure.

Aren’t money and fame also the driving forces of this profession?
Money and fame are overrated. What I like about being an actor is that I get movie tickets easily and entry into clubs. They are perks I enjoy. I don’t understand anything else.

You’re 28 years old. Have you ever given marriage a thought?
Till 26, I thought marriage was a defunct institution. I had decided to never get married as I didn’t believe in it. Then, I guess, I grew up and realised that there’s more to life than these perceptions. Today, I seriously think about getting married someday and having a family. Thirty-five is my cut-off age (to get married). I’ll start panicking if I don’t find someone (by then).