It was at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last December that a Pakistani filmmaker approached Ranbir Kapoor and asked if he would be interested in collaborating with a Pakistani team. The director approached Ranbir Kapoor, saying, “Now that we have a platform like Saudi Arabia where we can jointly do films, I would love to sign you for a film. Would you be willing to work with the Pakistani team along with your team in Saudi Arabia?”. Ranbir enthusiastically responded, “Yes, of course!” proving that artistic collaboration knows no borders. Some members of the Internet community have criticized his remark. Ranbir Kapoor has since elaborated, saying that his original statement was misunderstood and that, yes, art is art, but one’s country is bigger than anything.
The actor Ranbir Kapoor says more about what he said before about wanting to film in Pakistan.
He claimed there wasn’t much of a fuss over it, and that, to him, movies are movies, and cinema knows no boundaries. Having said that, he went on to say that his first and foremost responsibility. This will always be to his country and that art would never take that place. For the film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,” I collaborated with Fawad Khan. Many Pakistani artists that I knew were very talented. Singers like Rahat (Fateh Ali Khan) and Atif Aslam used to make significant contributions to Hindi cinema. Cinema is, therefore, cinema. While artistic expression deserves respect, no nation-state should be subservient to artistic achievement. Therefore, your first loyalty will always be to your country. Regardless of how much you might want to help someone who is not on good terms with it.
The acting career of Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor’s next professional project is Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar, in which he co-stars with Shraddha Kapoor. After that, he’ll be in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s action movie, Animal. Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna, Tripti Dimri, and others round out the film’s impressive cast, which also features Ranbir.