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Bollywood's first family arrives

September 19, 2013


Sept. 19--Khaleej Times experienced its first father-son star visit yesterday as Rishi and Ranbir Kapoor made their way to the office in the early evening.

Touring Dubai as part of a promotional campaign for their latest film Besharam, the duo, minus their equally renowned matriarch Neetu Singh who was present at an earlier press conference, arrived in an understated fashion for what proved to be a candid discussion about the movie and working together for the first time.

"It was always going to happen," Rishi said when asked what it was like to work with his son. "The surprise was that both my wife and I are coming in a film with him at the same time.

"But we have always crossed over and appeared in films together."

Referring to the Kapoor's Hindi film industry dynasty, which stretches back to Rishi's grandfather Prithviraj who began appearing on camera in the 1930s, the actor stated that he was proud to have the third and fourth generations of the clan in one film.

"The good thing is we don't play his biological parents in the movie," said Rishi.

"We have been offered many roles like that and never felt they were right," Ranbir added. "For this action-comedy, we both liked the roles independently and, so decided to do it. It's a mass entertainer and we're both fans of those."

Opening in UAE theatres on October 1, Besharam sees Ranbir play a larger-than-life criminal on the run from husband and wife cops Rishi and Neetu.

"I think every audience will like this 'masala' film," said Rishi. "It's full of 'masti,' but in real life Ranbir is a good boy. I never remember him acting up, even as a child. His mother may remember differently, though."


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