Ranbir Kapoor may have received Filmfare award for his debute role in "Saawariya" and many more thereafter, have more Bollywood commercial hits than his contemporaries, and belong to the acclaimed Kapoor family but he thinks he is still not a star.
"I am not here to be a star. I am here to be an actor. We have grown up watching Mr. Shah Rukh (Khan), Mr. Salman (Khan), Mr. Akshay Kumar or Mr.Ajay Devgn on the screen. They have an image, aura and stardom," the 30-year oldtold India Today.
"It's been only 10 films. I don't take these tags (of a star) seriously. If someone compares me to them (stars like Shah Rukh, Salman, Ajay and Akshay), they must be embarrassed as these actors have been working for 25 years. I have just completed five years."
Ranbir Kapoor started his career by assisting director Sanjay Leela Bansali and later debuted in the director's 2007 film, :Saawariya". Though the film was not very impressive commercially, he proved his knack in acting and went on to do critically acclaimed films like "Wake Up Sid", "Rockstar", "Rajneeti" and "Barfi".
Calling himself as one of the 'media created stars', the grandson of yesteryear's eminent actor Raj Kapoor feels that, he and his contemporaries are more fortunate to have such media coverage which many veterans of the industry were deprived of during their time. "That time, they didn't have (so much) media, but media has helped us a lot. It has put us on a pedestal. We are created stars," he said.
Ranbir Kapoor, who feels that he needs to give audience good films and be good at work to reciprocate their support, also underscores the need to create one's own niche.
"If you feel that people will like the film, then do it. If I see a (script of) "Dabangg" or "3 Idiots", no one will let me do it. They say we have Salman Khan and Aamir Khan to do it. You have to make your own niche," the actor said.