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Sanju: Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film is a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt. Showcasing the colourful life of Sanjay Dutt, Sanju not only got a thumbs up from the audience but was also lauded by the entire film industry. Ranbir went on to win Best Actor at many award ceremonies
Jagga Jasoos: The film, directed by Anurag Basu, narrates the ups and downs of Jagga (Ranbir Kapoor) and Shruti's (Katrina Kaif) life as they embark on a mission to hunt for Jagga's father. Ranbir Kapoor's performance was praised by the critics and liked by audience.
Bombay Velvet: In this crime-drama, Ranbir Kapoor plays a street-fighter, Johnny Balraj, who desires to become a big-shot. He is paired opposite Anushka Sharma who essays the role of Rosie Noronha, an aspiring jazz singer. Karan Johar is seen in his first full-fledged role in Bollywood as the flamboyant antagonist Kaizad Khambatta in Anurag Kashyap's ambitious project that takes you back to the Mumbai before it became a metropolis. Although the film bombed at the box-office, but Ranbir's role was quite an experimental one.
Roy: Ranbir Kapoor made his comeback on the big screen with an extended cameo in 'Roy' after a hiatus of nearly a year and a half. He played a thief named Roy who manages to pull off heists without being caught. Though the film flopped at the Box Office, Ranbir won million hearts with this romantic thriller.
Barfi: Ranbir Kapoor plays the character of a deaf-mute person, who enjoys life to the hilt, nonetheless. The actor's performance, which is unarguably one of his finest to date, won him several awards and was lauded by critics too.
Rockstar: In this Imtiaz Ali musical, Ranbir Kapoor portrays the character of Janardhan Jhakar, a.k.a. Jorfan, who goes through an emotional roller coaster ride while pursuing his dream of becoming a rockstar.
Chillar Party: Ranbir made a guest appearance in the dance song, 'Teri Tai Tai Phiss', in this 2011 children's film. However, the actor took everyone by surprise with his 'tapori' antics. The song was one of the highlights of the film and was a huge hit.
Anjaana Anjaani: Here, Ranbir Kapoor appeared as a character with suicidal tendencies, who meets his match in Priyanka Chopra. Though the film was panned by critics, both the actors' performance received considerable praise.
Raajneeti: Prakash Jha's political thriller gave Ranbir an opportunity to demonstrate his grey side on-screen. As Samar Pratap, the conniving son of a slain politician, he held his ground against experienced actors like Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpai and Ajay Devgn.
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year: From a salesman labelled as 'good-for-nothing' to a master seller, Ranbir's transformation in this film was effortless. This one is also considered as one of his finest performances on-screen.
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani: The Rajkumar Santoshi-directed comedy allowed the talented actor to display his funny skills and the film went on to become a hit in 2009
Wake Up Sid: As a spoilt, self-centred college student, Ranbir was at his natural best again in this Ayan Mukerji film. It helped that he had the versatile Konkona Sen Sharma by his side as his leading lady in the film.
Bachna Ae Haseeno: Romancing three leading ladies (Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba) was no big deal for the Kapoor kid in this Yash Raj flick. He showcased his playboy side in the first half and his vulnerable side in the second, quite well. This was commendable for an actor in his second film.
Saawariya: In his very first film, that to a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, Ranbir gave glimpses of his abundant talent, as a bar's lead singer, who is kind-hearted enough to treat even prostitutes with respect. The film received a lukewarm response, but Ranbir, the star, was born.