Ranbir looks older - and younger - for next film


By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Ranbir Kapoor's immediate struggle is to get into three different looks for three phases of his character's love life in his second film to be directed by Siddharth Anand. He has to go from age 17 to 28 and finally to 35 in the movie.

Bipasha Basu, who plays one of the leading ladies in the film, and Ranbir took a day off for a photo-session to check out their on-screen compatibility. While the former had coloured her hair, the newcomer had cut his long tresses from "Saawariya" to a much more manageable length.For the film, which Ranbir insists is not a remake of the 1999 Chris O'Donnell's romantic comedy "The Bachelor," the young actor is required to get into three totally different looks.

Would the 25-year-old be able to pull off the role of a man 10 years older?

The director and actor have spent last week getting Ranbir to look older. The actor had his long hair cut by Aalim to an austere executive styled haircut. Ranbir also plans to sport stubble to look 35.

For the younger role of the hero at the age of 17 Ranbir intends to sport long hair and a beatnik cool-dude attitude, with clothes and accessories to match.

"I've to look compatible with my leading ladies, and yes, this is my first of the three looks for my new film," Ranbir told IANS.

"Working with Siddharth is a very give-and-take thing. We've been friends from the time both of us were kids. His father is my dad's best friend and his mom and my mom are close friends. So naturally we had no choice but to be friends," he added.

So would Ranbir be working in more films with his childhood chums turned friends, just like the other star-son Abhishek Bachchan, who has done two films with his pal Goldie Behl?

"I don't know about the future. But right now it's fun working with a friend," added Ranbir.