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Ranbir's Foreword In Rishi Kapoor's Biography Is Telling Of A Troubled Father-Son Equation

A relationship fraught with unease.

17/01/2017 7:51 PM IST | Updated 17/01/2017 8:24 PM IST
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It is no secret that Ranbir Kapoor has had a difficult relationship with his father, actor Rishi Kapoor.

Kapoor Jr. has always been closer to his mother, Neetu Singh, and couldn't quite hit it off with his Dad the way he would have actually liked to.

In many interviews, Rishi has admitted that he doesn't have a 'friendship' with Ranbir and that 'it's too late to change that now,' while in an interview with senior journalist Rajeev Masand, Kapoor Jr. had revealed that he was 'petrified' of his father.

Now, Ranbir has written the foreword in a recently-launched biography of Rishi Kapoor, titled Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored.

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This is what he's written about his father.

"I am closer to my mother. I feel that Dad modeled his relationship with me on the one he shared with his own father. And it is true that I have never crossed a certain line with him. But there is no sense of loss or vacuum here. I do wish sometimes that I could be friendlier with him or even spend more time with him."

Ranbir also wrote that he plans to change that aspect while raising his children, from the point of view of a father.

"I wish I could just pick up the phone and ask him, 'Dad, how are you doing?' But we do not have that. We do not have a phone relationship. When I get married and have children, I would want to change that dynamic with them. I don't want my relationship with my children to be as formal as the one I have with my father. I want to be friendlier, be more connected, spend more time with them than he did with me.

Ranbir wrote about how his father's belief in him as an actor acts as a validation for him even now.

"I love my father dearly and have immense respect for him. I'm inspired by him and never want to let him down. I know he has only my best interests at heart. He also takes care of the financial side of my work. So we are more connected now. His confidence in me and my work makes me take pride in it. I persevere that much harder because of this. His belief and his encouragement are important to me."

The autobiography, which is now on stands, is published by Harper Collins India.

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