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How Ranveer Stole the Show at News18 Rising India Summit

India | News18 | March 19, 2018, 1:08 pm
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 When Ranveer Singh walked on to the stage, more like danced to the tune of Khalibali from his movie Padmaavat, the audience couldn’t stop cheering. (Image: News18)

When Ranveer Singh walked on to the stage, more like danced to the tune of Khalibali from his movie Padmaavat, the audience couldn’t stop cheering. (Image: News18)

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 The “bundle of energy” that Ranveer’s fans and even not his fans keep talking about was on full display. His first demand was, “Let’s increase the volume”. (Image: Yogen Shah)

The “bundle of energy” that Ranveer’s fans and even not his fans keep talking about was on full display. His first demand was, “Let’s increase the volume”. (Image: Yogen Shah)

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 At the Rising India Summit, Rajeev Masand pointed out that Ranveer is on the list of ‘superstars’ with actors way more experienced than him— Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. (Image: News18)

At the Rising India Summit, Rajeev Masand pointed out that Ranveer is on the list of ‘superstars’ with actors way more experienced than him— Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. (Image: News18)

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 While that is unusual for Bollywood, it seems the actor is himself surprised at his success. “I need to often pinch myself. I wake up every day and think that I am living a dream,” he said. (Image: News18)

While that is unusual for Bollywood, it seems the actor is himself surprised at his success. “I need to often pinch myself. I wake up every day and think that I am living a dream,” he said. (Image: News18)

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 In Ranveer’s words, he always wanted to be a ‘hero’. But it was a phone call that changed his life and led him to the path of stardom. (Image: News18)

In Ranveer’s words, he always wanted to be a ‘hero’. But it was a phone call that changed his life and led him to the path of stardom. (Image: News18)

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 When Shanoo Sharma of Yash Raj Films called him to say they were looking for a new face after Ranbir Kapoor rejected the movie ‘Band Bajaa Baarat’, Ranveer knew his calling. (Image: News18)

When Shanoo Sharma of Yash Raj Films called him to say they were looking for a new face after Ranbir Kapoor rejected the movie ‘Band Bajaa Baarat’, Ranveer knew his calling. (Image: News18)

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 “Aditya Chopra told me I can’t put you on a poster and sell you. You have to act really well. You are not conventionally good looking, which means you are damn fugly,” Ranveer said to a packed audience who had all turned into shutterbugs at that point. Sure, they didn’t think he is ‘fugly’. (Image: News18)

“Aditya Chopra told me I can’t put you on a poster and sell you. You have to act really well. You are not conventionally good looking, which means you are damn fugly,” Ranveer said to a packed audience who had all turned into shutterbugs at that point. Sure, they didn’t think he is ‘fugly’. (Image: News18)

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 Like every celebrity, Ranveer was seeking validation. “There was a notion in my head that I want people to like me,” he said. This wanting to be liked by all continued till 2013 till Lootera released. “That movie gave me the critical validation I was looking for,” he said. (Image: News18)

Like every celebrity, Ranveer was seeking validation. “There was a notion in my head that I want people to like me,” he said. This wanting to be liked by all continued till 2013 till Lootera released. “That movie gave me the critical validation I was looking for,” he said. (Image: News18)

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 So, who really is Ranveer Singh? On screen he can be aggressive like Khilji, but off screen he can entertain and dress up the way he wants to— even if that means wearing a skirt. And he doesn’t shy away from being an entertainer, ever. “I take it upon myself to spread joy happiness, I love large crowd. I get excited when someone gets excited to see me,” he said. (Image: News18)

So, who really is Ranveer Singh? On screen he can be aggressive like Khilji, but off screen he can entertain and dress up the way he wants to— even if that means wearing a skirt. And he doesn’t shy away from being an entertainer, ever. “I take it upon myself to spread joy happiness, I love large crowd. I get excited when someone gets excited to see me,” he said. (Image: News18)

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 The actor said that even Priyanka Chopra has a joke for him. She tells me, “Tu wo ladka hai jo har bar ghar jakey bolega dekho maa main star bangaya, (You are that guy who will go home and tell your mother every day, ‘Look Maa, I am star).” (Image: News18)

The actor said that even Priyanka Chopra has a joke for him. She tells me, “Tu wo ladka hai jo har bar ghar jakey bolega dekho maa main star bangaya, (You are that guy who will go home and tell your mother every day, ‘Look Maa, I am star).” (Image: News18)

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 Is it the disbelief of getting success so early on that makes him want to continue to be a performer even when he is not performing? Well, whatever the reason might be, one thing is for sure— there’s no other actor as honest as Ranveer. (Image: News18)

Is it the disbelief of getting success so early on that makes him want to continue to be a performer even when he is not performing? Well, whatever the reason might be, one thing is for sure— there’s no other actor as honest as Ranveer. (Image: News18)

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 When he spoke about the protests and the attacks on the sets of Padmaavat, he didn’t mince his words. “Those were disturbing moments for me. I value the sanctity of the set. It’s my place of worship. The equipment are someone’s source of food,” he said. (Image: Yogen Shah)

When he spoke about the protests and the attacks on the sets of Padmaavat, he didn’t mince his words. “Those were disturbing moments for me. I value the sanctity of the set. It’s my place of worship. The equipment are someone’s source of food,” he said. (Image: Yogen Shah)

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 Ranveer Singh says he shares a relationship of mutual admiration with Deepika Padukone, who he says he is

Ranveer Singh says he shares a relationship of mutual admiration with Deepika Padukone, who he says he is "blessed" to have in his life. (Image: Yogen Shah)

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 Like all Ranveer ‘shows’ this too ended with a dance as the audience climbed on to the stage to shake a leg with him. (Image: Yogen Shah)

Like all Ranveer ‘shows’ this too ended with a dance as the audience climbed on to the stage to shake a leg with him. (Image: Yogen Shah)

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 As Ranveer walked out, with bodyguards trying to keep the crowd away, the music kept playing loudly. The crowd kept following hoping to get a selfie. He turned into a superstar, again. (Image: News18)

As Ranveer walked out, with bodyguards trying to keep the crowd away, the music kept playing loudly. The crowd kept following hoping to get a selfie. He turned into a superstar, again. (Image: News18)