2018 has seen the arrival of several new talents and the change in the wind at the top is apparent. Among the younger generation stars of Bollywood, none made a claim for the latest Bollywood superstar better than Ranveer Singh. The ultra-talented and quirky actor is as much fun to watch on the screen as he is amusing off the screen. Slowly but steadily with his spontaneous style of acting, Ranveer Singh rose through the ranks and by the time Bajirao Mastani rolled out, he was earmarked for superstardom by both the critics and the fans.
And that had happened when he gave Bollywood its first blockbuster in the form of padmaavat in 2018 and ended the year with a bang in the form of Simmba where he single-handedly pushed the box office result of the film from good to great. Currently, he is one of the best actors in Bollywood. His recent film Gully Boy stands as an example of how he is balancing both non-mainstream and mainstream films and is capable of churning out one blockbuster after another. And the success rate of his films is the highest among his peers is a testament to his planning. Let’s take a look at the career of Bollywood’s latest poster boy. Here we ranked all his films from the best to worst weighing in on various factors. Dive in!
Note: We considered only movies where Ranveer Singh played (one of the) lead roles. Cameos and smaller parts are excluded.
Padmavat is undoubtedly one of the most controversial movies in recent years but it is also one of the highly acclaimed films. Released in early 2018, the movie showcased the versatility of Ranveer Singh the actor where he portrayed the role of Allauddin Khilji. Till then known for lover boy and mischievous youngster roles, it is a big makeover for Ranveer and he nailed the role with such perfection that he received the Best Actor Award at the 64th Filmfare Awards. Padmaavat is one of the highest grossing Indian films of all time.
2. Gully Boy
While Gully Boy took its inspiration from the raising rockstars of Indian rap music, Ranveer Singh channeled his inner rap musician to make the role of Murad his own. Those who watched Ranveer in the role said that Ranveer has become the eponymous Gully Boy and we cannot imagine any other person in the role. Adding more authenticity to his role is the fact that he sang most of the songs on his own. As our own review said, Gully Boy is one of the soulful films that come out of India’s biggest film industry. And half of that credit goes to Ranveer himself.
3. Bajirao Mastani
An epic love story from the recent historical past, Bajirao Mastani tells the story of valor, love, and heartbreak of the star crossed lovers Bajirao and Mastani. Ranveer who till then was mostly seen in social dramas for the first time took up the role of a historical hero. Apart from looking authentic as the legendary Maratha warrior Bajirao, Ranveer also excelled in the emotional romantic scenes with his future wife Deepika Padukone who played the role of Mastani. Ranveer Singh has announced the arrival of the true star out of him with Bajirao Mastani, which brings us to the precursor of this film.
4. Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
A modern-day retelling of the Shakespearean classic romance Romeo and Juliet, Ram Leela was the biggest film of Ranveer’s career at the time. He played the role of Ram Rajadi in this visual splendor. This is also Ranveer Singh’s first of the collaborations with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. While his sparkling chemistry with Deepika Padukone formed the backbone of the film, his performance also received positive acclaim despite the fact that it was Deepika Padukone who was said to be the show-stealer. Ranveer and Deepika said to have started dating during the filming of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela.
Lootera which is based on the classic short story of O. Henry had seen Ranveer playing the role of a conman who poses as an archeologist who dupes a Zamindar of his prized possessions and the heart of his asthma-suffering daughter, Pakhi. A year later he finds himself under the same roof as Pakhi, escaping from the police in Dalhousie. Pakhi though still has an affinity towards him, nurses a grudge on her while our protagonist who finds her dying of asthma comes up with the ultimate sacrifice to save her. Hailed as one of the best movies of that year, the movie also witnessed one of the best performances of his career from Ranveer Singh.
6. Dil Dhadakne Do
Dil Dhadakne Do, a dramedy featuring an ensemble cast tells the story of a brother and sister who are trying to break the shackles in their lives. The film saw Ranveer playing the role of Kabir Mehra who is the heir of a failing business family with his interests elsewhere. His sister (played by Priyanka Chopra) who is a skilled businesswoman is tied down by her in-laws. How the siblings help each other break the shackles and find their life’s calling form the story of the film. Ranveer’s performance received considerable critical acclaim and helped him cement his place as one of the bankable young stars.
Before Simmba came Padmaavat, the biggest hit of his career. But Simmba is an entirely different role for Ranveer. An out and out commercial hero role which is as badass as it is emotional. Ranveer once again owned a role to add his own personality. As Ranveer’s stardom grew over the years, he also came to be known for his weird personality. He injected all his quirks into the role of Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba. As our own review stated, Ranveer Singh comes of age as a masala hero. And how! He single-handedly lifted the film from being a good entertainer to a true-blue blockbuster that will be talked about for years. Without doubts, a superstar has arrived!
8. Band Baaja Baaraat
Making his debut with this film where he co-starred with Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh who had to go through multiple auditions to bag the role of Bittoo Sharma in this romantic dramedy. Ranveer’s performance received positive critical acclaim and was commented upon as the driving force behind the success of what was initially termed as destined to be a disappointment. One of the top critics noted his performance in this breezy romance as pitch perfect in the role of the uncouth but good-hearted small-town slacker who is a bit of a duffer when it comes to matters of the heart.
Gunday is one of the best bromances Bollywood has delivered in recent memory. Perfectly marrying a musical romance with action, it tells the story of two criminals who grew up together and their fight for a cabaret dancer. Ranveer Singh as a macho man suited the role of Bikram Bose to the T and acted as the Yang for Arjun Kapoor’s Yin and Yin for Priyanka Chopra’s Yang. Despite the review bombing the film faced for its allegedly incorrect depiction of Bangladeshi history of the 1970s. Ranveer was nominated for several awards for his performance in this movie.
10. Ladies Versus Ricky Bahl
Ladies vs Ricky Bahl tells the story of a masterful conman who cheats three women out of their money, The three women combine to draw him into an elaborate game of conning to get revenge on him but he is up to the challenge. But things go awry when he falls in love with the women the three girls used as a bait for him. Despite a mixed reaction for the film, the critics agreed upon one thing. Ranveer Singh is charming as the rogue and delivered one more promising performance after his debut.
One of the weakest entries in Ranveer Singh’s resume, Befikre went on to become a commercial hit riding on the star power of Ranveer proving that he has the it to become one of the biggest names in Bollywood which he proved within the next few years. Ranveer played the role of a standup comedian in a love-hate relationship with a fun-loving tourist guide in Paris. The sluggish and confused narration made this film a not-so-good film in his career.
12. Kill Dil
Kill Dil is an outright failure in a near-blemishless career (commercial success wise) both in content and his ragged performance. Nothing much to talk about in this pale shadow of Gunday like bromance and fight for a girl only this time this doesn’t lead to the splitting up of the friends. Rightfully Kill Dil was universally panned by the critics.
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