By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Oct 4, Yesteryears’ actress Neetu Singh, who will be seen in a full-fledged role in the forthcoming movie “Do Dooni Chaar”, is quite impressed with her star-son Ranbir’s knowledge of camera angles and feels he is ready to direct a film.
“I’m amazed at his maturity as an actor! When I was his age, I knew zilch. I just did whatever came naturally to me. Ranbir knows about camera angles, shot-taking and frame compositions. He is ready for direction. And yes, I hope to be in his directorial debut with his father,” said Neetu, 52.
Ranbir, in fact, had made it clear that whenever his mother returned to acting it would be as his mother.
“Like all sons, Ranbir is very possessive. So yes, he did want me to come back only with him. But when he heard I had his dad as a co-star in ‘Do Dooni Char’, he was all for it and absolutely invaluable in leading me back to the arclights.”
Directed by Habib Faisal, “Do Dooni Chaar” is releasing Friday and Neetu has teamed up with her actor husband Rishi Kapoor in the movie.
But the actress, who made a guest appearance in “Love Aaj Kal”, says it was Ranbir who helped her to be at ease in front of the camera.
“It is a bit like cycling and swimming. But more complicated for me. I was hesitant to say yes. But once I did, I was in a dilemma. It was Ranbir who helped me out. He showed me how to find my way into the character and them project it out on camera. He pointed out the best way to approach my role was to unwind, to let go. He showed me how to make friends with the camera,” she said.
Not only that, Ranbir also briefed his petrified mother on how to get real on camera while staying ultra-cool.
“This was not an easy part for me. I had to play an ordinary middle-class housewife, and not just in a filmy way. The director Habib wanted me to grow my hair and colour it black, unvarnish my nails and wear three sets of clothes – three saris for when my character steps out and three housecoats for when she is home – throughout the film. And not just that. Those six pieces of clothing had to look worn by the time I was ready to face the camera!”
Neetu is blase about Ranbir’s relationships. “Ranbir is a very committed person. He knows his mind very clearly. He hasn’t found the right person yet. The day he does, he will settle down with her immediately and forever. That I am confident about.”
Coincidentally Neetu’s comeback film “Do Dooni Char” is releasing just a week after Ranbir’s “Anjaana Anjaani”.
“In fact, the trailers for both films are being screened with ‘Dabangg’. I felt so proud and happy. Yes, ‘Do Dooni Char’ is precious to me. But Ranbir’s ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ is far more important,” she said.