Ranveer Singh Bhavnani (born 6 July 1985) is an Indian film actor who appears in Hindi films. After completing a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Singh returned to India to pursue a career in film. He made his acting debut in 2010 with a leading role in Yash Raj Films’ romantic comedy Band Baaja Baaraat. The film emerged as a critical and commercial success, earning Singh a Filmfare Award in the Best Male Debut category.
Singh was born on 6 July 1985 into a Sindhi family to Anju and Jagjit Singh Bhavnani. His grandparents, Sunder Singh Bhavnani and Chand Burke, moved to Mumbai from Karachi, Sindh, during the Partition of India.He has an elder sister named Ritika Bhavnani. Singh is the maternal cousin of actress Sonam Kapoor and producer Rhea Kapoor, daughters of actor Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita Kapoor (née Bhavnani).
Singh’s next release was Lootera (2013), a period romance, written and directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, and co-starring Sonakshi Sinha.An adaptation of O. Henry’s short story The Last Leaf, Lootera was critically acclaimed.Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN wrote that Singh “brings a quiet sensitivity to Varun, and occasionally a smoldering intensity. Offering a finely internalized performance, he leaves a lasting impression. However, Lootera performed poorly at the box office.
Singh with co-star Deepika Padukone at a screening of Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela in 2013
Singh next starred opposite Deepika Padukone in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, entitled Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, in which he played Ram, a Gujarati boy based on the character of Romeo.Bhansali was impressed by Singh’s performance in Band Baaja Baaraat and decided to cast him for the film. Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela generated positive reviews from critics, as did Singh’s performance.Writing for India Today, Rohit Khilnani commented that “Singh has everything going for him here. His Bollywood hero entry scene lying down on a bike in the song ‘Tattad Tattad’ is outstanding. He learnt a new language to better his performance for the character Ram and it paid off. In his fourth film he has the presence of a star.The film emerged as Singh’s biggest commercial success,with worldwide revenues of billion (US$30 million).For his portrayal, he received several recognitions, including a Best Actor nomination at Filmfare.
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