Screen Awards: Familial Territory

Ranbir Kapoor

Set to perform at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards, Ranbir Kapoor talks about sharing stage with his mother for the first time and how he will continue to take risks with the characters he plays.

He is known to be a mama's boy and Ranbir Kapoor does not deny it. In fact, the 30-year-old actor reaffirms this perception as he explains how he "conned" his mother, veteran actor Neetu Kapoor, into performing on stage with him at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards to be held in Mumbai on January 12. "Mom has returned to films but she has not performed on stage for many years. She was apprehensive but I played my cards well and conned her something only I can do," explains Ranbir with a smile.

The actor held a press conference in Mumbai on Monday alongside Screen editor Priyanka Sinha Jha and Colors CEO Raj Nayak to announce the highlights of the awards night. Ranbir is expected to be one of the main attractions of the evening as he will perform to a medley of songs picturised on various actors of the Kapoor family. "The awards mark the centenary of Indian cinema and our family, starting with my great-grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor, has been part of it for 84 years," says the actor, dressed in a T-shirt, teamed with a pair of frayed denims and a casual steel grey jacket. Neetu will join him for the song Parda Hai Parda from the film Amar Akbar Anthony, which features both her as well as Ranbir's father Rishi Kapoor. Ranbir admits that his mother is nervous but is sure that "she will regain confidence soon when we begin rehearsals".

Even as he ensures his mother's comfort on stage, Ranbir is a bit jittery himself. "I was always painfully shy and an introvert. I still am. So performing in front of camera is fine but being on stage makes me nervous," he says. He recounts that in his early school years his knees would shake and he would sometimes black out when called upon to read out the prayers on the podium during the morning assembly.

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