News|March 28, 2012 1:00 pm

Ranbir Kapoor turns tapori

After playing a rockstar in Imtiaz Ali’s film in 2011, Ranbir Kapoor is ready to explore roles in varied genres this year.

With the shoot of Ayaan Mukerji’s romance Yeh Jawaani Hai Diwani already on floors, and Anurag Kashyap’s period film Bombay Velvet in his kitty, the actor has now signed Dabangg director Abhinav Kashyap’s next. In the film, Ranbir will be seen playing a character akin to Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg. The venture will be co-produced by Abhinav and Viacom 18.

However, getting Ranbir to sign on the dotted lines had not been easy for the filmmaker. Abhinav had to change his original plans considerably to get Ranbir say ‘yes’ to his project. Abhinav had initially wanted to make a film titled Karnaama with Ranbir in the lead.

That was supposed to be an adventure film. But later, he along with Viacom 18 head honcho Vikram Malhotra decided to put aside plans of making Karnaama. At least for the time being,” said a source close to the production house.

The new project will see Ranbir playing a tapori.

His character is that of a bold, upfront, street smart guy. His body language and talking style will be very Mumbaiyya.

added the source. The actor will have to attend workshops to improve his Mumbaikar accent, revealed the source.

The source also told us that Ranbir has already allotted dates for the film that will go on floors this November. However, the female lead has not been finalised yet.

We found out that the music will be composed by Lalit (of Jatin-Lalit fame).

Sajid-Wajid and Lalit had been the music directors in Abhinav’s last film as well. This time too there won’t be any change. They have a great working equation.

said the source.

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