Actor Ranbir Kapoor has revealed that his late father-actor Rishi Kapoor “was always a big bully” and would “test his directors.” In a new interview, Ranbir also said that director Karan Malhotra, who directed him in Agneepath, could always stand his ground with Rishi Kapoor. Ranbir also said that filmmaker Zoya Akhtar also told him that Rishi would “take over the project.” (Read also | Ranbir Kapoor: ‘Dad never told me to make a movie that requires me to wear a dhoti’)

Rishi featured in Karan Malhotra’s directorial debut Agneepath in 2012. The action drama also features Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Kanika Tiwari, Om Puri and Zarina Wahab. Ranbir will star in Karan’s next film Shamshera.

In an interview with Peeping Moon, Ranbir said: “My father was always a big bully and he always tested his directors. he has to take over the project. So he always did this test thing, but luckily Karan (Malhotra) himself is such a confident person that he always stood his ground.’

He added: “Even Zoya (Akhtar) used to tell me he’s such a bully, but if you don’t stand up to him, he will take over the project. So this was his way of testing people.” Rishi was part of Zoya Akhtar’s 2009 film Luck by Chance. The film stars Farhan Akhtar, Konkana Sen Sharma, Juhi Chawla, Dimple Kapadia and Hrithik Roshan.

Ranbir will next be seen in Shamshera, in the fictional city of Kaza, where a warrior tribe is imprisoned, enslaved and tortured by a ruthless authoritarian General Shuddh Singh. The film also stars Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor and is slated to release on July 22.

In addition to Shamshera, fans will also see Ranbir in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra. The film also features Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna. Brahmastra will hit theaters on September 9 this year in five languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

Ranbir will also star in Luv Ranjan’s next self-titled romantic comedy film opposite Shraddha Kapoor. The film, produced by T-series, is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2023.

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