Ranbir Kapoor’s outspoken father Rishi is known for making his opinions heard. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, he slammed Anurag Kashyap for wasting his high budgets by producing mediocre films: “Anurag Kashyap. You give him so much money; he literally didn’t know what to do with it. Jagga Jasoos was such a bad film, such a bad story. It was absolutely rubbish.” The experienced actor, director, and producer should know, having won multiple awards over the span of his career.
His statement that Anurag was given a budget that he didn’t know what to do with may have been spurred by the fact that it starred his son Ranbir, yet flopped at the box office. Rishi made similar public statements last year, calling both Anurag Kashyap and Anurag Basu “monkeys with toys.” Seeing as how it’s been three years since the film was released, it seems as though he’s been holding this grudge for quite some time. Although he’s passionate about his son’s ability to succeed in the film industry, he denies being a meddler: “I don’t interfere in Ranbir’s career. He does what he wants.”
However, he also defended Ranbir’s most recent film Sanju, which was criticised for glossing over certain aspects of Dutt’s life. We imagine Rishi can’t be too bothered by critics of Sanju, however, seeing as how it has been Ranbir’s highest grossing film to date. Although Rishi seems highly invested in Ranbir’s success, the two have admitted that there is a “formal” quality to their relationship and that they aren’t close. In Ranbir’s words, “There is a lot of love, respect, and admiration, but we’re not friends.” Ranbir hopes to be a warmer father figure to his children, which may come sooner than later if his relationship with Alia is as serious as it seems to be! The two have not confirmed the rumors, but we’re pretty sure the Brahmastra co-stars will make it official soon.
In the meantime, Rishi’s career is still in full swing, even at 65. He currently has a new acting project that he’s just completed, playing the main role in Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk. The film will hit the theatres August 3rd, where we’ll see Rishi as a family patriarch, Murad Ali Mohammed. The victimization of Muslims is a timely topic, and Rishi is deeply invested in its themes, telling Huffington Post, “The Hindu-Muslim problem. It’s a problem, but my film is not giving you a solution. It is a film that is telling you that this is what is happening in our society. It wants us to question ourselves.” Rishi then goes on to say that the somber atmosphere of the film was a risk, but one that the filmmakers had to take. Maybe the critical reception of this film will help him take his mind of his son’s past unsuccessful roles. At any rate, let’s hope that the makers of Brahmastra know how to spend their budget. Otherwise we all know Rishi will have something to say about it!