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Ranveer Singh
Ranveer during promotion of Gunday.jpg
Singh at a promotional event for Gunday, 2014
Born Ranveer Singh Bhavnani
(1985-07-06) 6 July 1985 (age 29)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present

Ranveer Singh Bhavnani (born 6 July 1985) is an Indian actor working in Hindi films. After completing a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Singh returned to India to pursue a career in film. In 2010, he successfully auditioned for a leading role in Yash Raj Films' romantic comedy Band Baaja Baaraat. The film emerged as a critical and commercial success, earning Singh a Filmfare Award in the Best Male Debut category.

Singh played a disguised robber in the period film Lootera (2013),[1] a Gujarati boy in the tragic romance Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), which became his biggest commercial success and earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Actor nomination, and a Bengali criminal in the action-drama Gunday (2014).[2]

Early life and background[edit]

Ranveer Singh Bhavnani was born on 6 July 1985[3] in Mumbai to Jagjit Singh Bhavnani and Anju Bhavnani. He has an elder sister named Ritika Bhavnani.[3][4][5][6] His cousins are actress Sonam Kapoor and producer Rhea Kapoor, daughters of actor Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita Kapoor; Singh is their cousin from Sunita Kapoor's side née Bhavnani.[7] Singh explains that he dropped his original surname Bhavnani, since he felt that the name would have been "too long, too many syllables", thus downplaying his brand as a "saleable commodity".[8]

Singh always aspired to be an actor, participating in several school plays and debates.[9] Once when he had gone for a birthday party, his grandmother asked him to dance and entertain her.[10] Singh remembers that he suddenly jumped in the lawn and started dancing to the song "Chumma Chumma" from the 1991 Bollywood action film, Hum.[9] He felt the thrill of performing and was interested in acting and dancing.[9] However, after he joined junior college at H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai, Singh realised that getting a break in the film industry was not at all easy, as it was mostly people with a film background who got these opportunities. Feeling that the idea of acting was "too far-fetched", Singh focused on creative writing.[9] He went to the United States where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington.[5]

At university, he decided to take acting classes and took up theatre as his minor.[9] After completing his studies and returning to Mumbai in 2007, Singh worked for a few years in advertising as a copywriter, with agencies like O&M and JWT.[5][10] He then worked as an assistant director, but left it to pursue acting. He decided to send his portfolio to directors.[10] He would go for all kinds of auditions, but did not get any good opportunities, while only getting calls for minor roles: "Everything was so bleak. It was very frustrating. There were times I would think whether I was doing the right thing or not."[10]



Singh looking towards his left and smiling, wearing a black T-shirt
Singh at a promotional event for Band Baaja Baaraat in 2010

In January 2010, Singh was called for an audition by Shanoo Sharma, the head of the casting division for Yash Raj Films.[10] They informed him that it was for a lead role in their film titled Band Baaja Baaraat, a romantic comedy set in the world of wedding planning. Aditya Chopra, the Vice President of YRF, later saw the audition tapes on video and was impressed by Singh's acting, and decided that he fit the part of Bittoo Sharma, the hero of the film.[11] However, the director Maneesh Sharma needed some more convincing and he was called for a few more auditions over the next two weeks until they were completely convinced of his caliber.[5] After the two weeks of testing, Singh was confirmed for the role of Bittoo, with Anushka Sharma playing the female lead.[11]

Singh described the role of Bittoo Sharma as a typical Delhi boy.[5] To prepare for the role, he spent time with students at the Delhi University campus.[9] Prior to the release of the film, trade analysts were skeptical of the film's commercial potential, citing the middling response to Yash Raj Films' last few productions, the lack of a male star and the fact that the female lead, Anushka Sharma, was by then an "almost-forgotten" actress.[12] However, Band Baaja Baaraat went on to become a sleeper hit. Singh's portrayal of Bittoo was praised, with Anupama Chopra of NDTV writing that Singh was "pitch perfect in the role of the uncouth but good-hearted small town slacker who is a bit of a duffer when it comes to matters of the heart.[13] The film earned approximately INR214 million (US$3.4 million) at the domestic box office.[14] At the 56th Filmfare Awards, Singh won the award for Best Male Debut.[15]


Following Band Baaja Baarat, Singh signed on for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, a romantic comedy produced by Chopra and directed by Maneesh Sharma. He played a conman Ricky Bahl who cons girls for a living but finally meets his match. The film co-starred Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra, Dipannita Sharma and Aditi Sharma.[16] According to Singh, the title character had various avatars in the film, including a chirpy, entertaining side and a sinister side.[4] Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India wrote, "Ranveer is, well Ranveer: your average Joe kind of hero who looks convincing enough as Sunny, Deven, Iqbal, Ricky, his sundry avatars."[17] Commercially, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl earned INR370 million (US$5.8 million) domestically.[18]

Singh's next release was Lootera (2013), a period romance, written and directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, and co-starring Sonakshi Sinha.[19] The media drew similarities between the film and O. Henry's short story, The Last Leaf, though the producers claimed otherwise.[20] Lootera was critically acclaimed;[21] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN wrote that Singh "brings a quiet sensitivity to Varun, and occasionally a smoldering intensity. Offering a finely internalized performance, he leaves a lasting impression."[22] However, Lootera performed poorly at the box office.[23]

Singh with Deepika Padukone at a screening of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, 2013

Singh next starred alongside Deepika Padukone in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, entitled Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, in which he played Ram, a Gujarati boy based on the character of Romeo.[24] Bhansali was impressed by Singh's performance in Band Baaja Baaraat and decided to cast him for the film.[25] Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela generated positive reviews from critics, as did Singh's performance.[26] Writing for India Today, Rohit Khilnani commented that "Singh has everything going for him here. His Bollywood hero entry scene lying down on a bike in the song 'Tattad Tattad' is outstanding. He learnt a new language to better his performance for the character Ram and it paid off. In his fourth film he has the presence of a star."[27] The film emerged as Singh's biggest commercial success,[28][29] with worldwide revenues of INR2.02 billion (US$32 million).[30][31] For his portrayal, he received several recognitions, including a Best Actor nomination at Filmfare.[32]

In 2014, Singh starred as a Bengali criminal in Ali Abbas Zafar's Gunday, alongside Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan.[33][34] David Chute of Variety praised Singh's screen presence and wrote that he "tucks the movie's center of interest under his arm and takes it with him — even though he has the could-be-thankless "good brother" role".[35] Also, Singh's chemistry with Kapoor was considered by critic Rohit Khilnani to the prime asset of the film.[36] Gunday proved to be Singh's biggest box office opener,[37] and eventually emerged a box-office success with a revenue of INR1 billion (US$16 million) worldwide.[38] After a cameo appearance in Finding Fanny, Singh starred as a gangster in Shaad Ali's unsuccessful crime drama Kill Dil opposite Parineeti Chopra and Ali Zafar.[39][40]

As of December 2014, Singh has completed work on Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do, a family drama alongside Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar.[41] He is filming Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic romance Bajirao Mastani opposite Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra.[42]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2010 Band Baaja Baaraat Bittoo Sharma
2011 Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Ricky Bahl
2013 Bombay Talkies Himself Special appearance in song "Apna Bombay Talkies"
2013 Lootera Varun Shrivastav/
Atmanand "Nandu" Tripathi
2013 Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela Ram Rajari
2014 Gunday Bikram
2014 Finding Fanny Gabo Cameo
2014 Kill Dil Dev
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do Films that have not yet been released Kabir Post-production[41][43]
2015 Bajirao Mastani Films that have not yet been released Baji Rao I Filming[42]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2011 Annual Central European Bollywood Awards Best Newcomer – Male [44] Band Baaja Baaraat Won
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Best Male Debut[45] Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Film Actor – Male[46] Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut[15] Won
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Male[47]
Hottest Pair (along with Anushka Sharma)[47]
Lions Gold Awards Favourite Debutant Actor – Male[48]
Favourite Jodi (along with Anushka Sharma)[48]
Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards Best Debut Male Award [49]
The Global Indian Film and TV Honours Fresh New Face of The Year(Male) [50]
FICCI Frames Excellence Honours Best Debut Actor [51]
Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Male[52]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Male[53]
Best Actor – Comedy/Romance[54] Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Male Debut[55] Won
2012 PowerBrands Hall of Fame Youth Icon[56] Won
2013 Vogue Beauty Awards Most Beautiful Man[57] Won
Hello! Hall of Fame Awards 2013. Outstanding Talent of the Year[58] Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Male[59] Lootera

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela

Most Entertaining Film Actor[60] Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
2014 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Actor[32] Nominated
Lions Gold Awards Best Male Actor[61] Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor – Male[62] Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actor[63] Nominated


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