Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh and Bhumi Pednekar on YRF backing outsiders
The much talked about Netflix docu-series `the romantics`, which is a tribute to the legacy of Yash Chopra and YRF and their cultural impact on India and Indians over the past 50 years, released on February 14 to unanimous acclaim and love globally.
The national over-dolling of love for Yash Chopra and YRF was evident as ‘The Romantics’ became the No. 1 trending title within 48 hours of its drop on Netflix, a rare feat for a documentary. ‘The Romantics’ is also among the top 10 trending shows in 9 countries including Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Mauritius, Pakistan, Qatar, Sri Lanka and UAE.
In the popular docu-series, The Romantics, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh and Bhumi Pednekar talk about how Yashraj Films has always supported outsiders and groomed them to shine before the world. !
Ranveer, who made his debut in YRF’s cult hit ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ that made him an overnight star, says, “As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be an actor. I wanted nothing more than Hindi films. Not appealing. The picture of this underweight child sitting on the floor in front of the television screen. While all the children are playing outside, you know. I was just enthralled, enthralled, enthralled, wide-eyed. It was my It was a very interesting world.”
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He adds, “However it was not that easy (to debut) as the Hindi film industry, for the longest years, was very closed. I’m talking about the turn of the century, you know 2000, when you look around and you see everybody’s somebody’s son, and I thought to myself, ‘My chances are really one in a million. are thin’! “
Ranveer talks about how he felt when YRF gave him his break. “I was like literally raising my hands in the air,” he says. I was like yeah, I can’t believe I got a call back that same evening. They never launched a new face. A new male face, to this point. So, it was exceptional! “
Anushka Sharma was launched by Aditya Chopra in his blockbuster directorial ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. She says, “I come from a completely non-film background. I didn’t know anyone who worked in films. Not a single person. After a while Adi called me, he said look, I am definitely going to launch you.
It was a big deal for someone like me from Bangalore, who didn’t grow up in this world.
Bhumi Pednekar was launched by YRF in the hit Dum Laga Ke Haisha. He did a great job as a debutant after being groomed by YRF for years.
“I come from a very middle-class family, middle-class background,” she explains. I have worked my way up. My family is very creative, but I don’t come from an actor-film family. I always wanted to be an actor and I never really told anyone that I wanted to be an actor, it was like a deep dark secret. My job was paying me well, I was very good at what I was doing. I will become a very integral part of the filming system.”
Bhumi adds, “I debuted as this overweight heroine, which is unheard of in India, in a love story that is completely unheard of. But what I and other YRF heroines had in common was that we were very confident. You know, we had a lot of confidence and we stood up for what was right.”
‘The Romantics’ is directed by the Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Smriti Mundra.