Ranbir Kapoor's next film gets a title

Mar 6, 2008 Subhash K Jha

Mumbai, March 7 (IANS) Ranbir Kapoor's post-"Saawariya" project, a romantic musical for Yash Raj Films, had been struggling to find an appropriate title. Finally, it has one - "Bachna Ae Haseenon", which harks back to his father's chartbuster.

"But I don't think we decided to name the film 'Bachna Ae Haseenon' to suggest a link with my past. Sure, the song was a big R.D. Burman chartbuster in its time. My dad, mom and I are all huge fans of RDB," Ranbir told IANS.

"My parents' biggest hits were composed by him. But more than the instant connectivity, I think the title was selected because it's very apt for my film. It's about this guy's journey in life and his different encounters with various women," he added.

The film, which has the young superstar courting Bipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba and Deepika Padukone, is 60 percent complete and is expected to open Aug 15.

Apart from acting, Ranbir has another passion, but not too many people know about it. It came out in the open when Bollywood played a charity benefit match against a professional team of soccer players at the Abhijeet Kadam Memorial Football Cup tournament in Pune.

Most clearly Ranbir was man of the match. He not only surprised the spectators and his colleagues with his expertise at the game but came home to Mumbai triumphant, having scored four out of the seven goals scored by the Bollywood team.

Suniel Shetty, who was present at the match, just can't stop raving about Ranbir, who walked away with the best male debutant at Filmfare for his performance in "Saawariya".

"I was so bloody surprised! I thought Ranbir was a damn good actor. But I didn't know the boy played soccer like a dream. He's just so good on the field; it's scary," said Suniel.

Suniel confesses he is a cricket fan, while his son is a big soccer fan.

"I was there for the charity football Tuesday for my son's sake though because of school he couldn't attend."

And why does Suniel find the thought of Ranbir playing soccer so well scary?

"Because sports is finally giving Bollywood a run for its money," observes Suniel. "Ranbir plays soccer like a professional. Now Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta have gone into cricket.

"Let the IPL (Indian Premier League) matches begin and the cinema theatres will be deserted. First the board exams in March and then the IPL matches in April, I think the movie business is in big trouble this year."

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