Films and acting are a legacy for actor Ranbir Kapoor. His father is the famous Rishi Kapoor and grandfather the late Raj Kapoor. His mother Neetu Singh, too was a famous actress during her time. He is the scion of filmdom's Kapoor khandaan, the first family of Bollywood. It was but natural that he should take to films like a fish takes to water.
Ranbir studied filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts and Acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. He was always passionate about acting and wanted to be an actor since his childhood. He made his foray into Bollywood first serving as an assistant to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, when he was working on Black. He was subsequently launched by Bhansali in 2007 in the film Saawariya. Ranbir made his debut opposite his childhood friend and Anil Kapoor's daughter Sonam Kapoor. Although the film was panned by critics and died at the box-office, Ranbir was appreciated by one and all and went on to sign quite a few prestigious projects, like Yash Raj banner's Bachna Ae Haseeno, directed by Siddharth Anand, where he has three lovely ladies cast opposite him, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone and Minissha Lamba. Anand's film is currently doing decent business and Ranbir's brand value keeps increasing with every release. He is currently working on Raj Kumar Santoshi's next opposite Katrina Kaif and has also been signed on by Prakash Jha for a political thriller. The actor has also endorsed a few brands like Pepsi, wherein his 'Youngistan' commercial was well appreciated. Though Ranbir looks more like his mother, it is his father who has been and still remains his inspiration. He is gradually moving towards acquiring a romantic image, quite like his father before him. It won't be an exaggeration to say that the fate of the RK banner now truly lies in the hands of Gen Next which comprises of Ranbir and his cousin Kareena Kapoor—they are hot and they are happening. They could definitely give the banner a new lease of life.