Clearly, my expectations from the Ranbir Kapoor podcast with AIB were ramped up because of two things – A) my love for AIB’s content, and B) I think Ranbir Kapoor can be witty when he’s not mansplaining. So when I actually did spend almost an hour watching the two-part podcast, I realise I only needed to wait for Ranbir Kapoor to say something so Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba, Ashish Shakya, and Rohan Joshi can make fun of it.
Sure. Ranbir Kapoor can be funny, and maybe he’s never been on a podcast before, but while I sat there with my paper and pen, waiting to find something funny to write about, I got really nothing from him, but way too much from the hosts themselves.
They spoke about Rishi Kapoor’s really hilarious tweets, while Ranbir Kapoor chimed in with a stereotypical “how can I criticise him?” reply. They spoke about how many coming of age films he’s done so far, and all Ranbir Kapoor said was that he’s done with that kind of cinema. AIB joked on about the Sanjay Dutt biopic being done by Rajkumar Hirani in his sweet and sensitive style, and I fell off my chair – but not because of anything Ranbir Kapoor said.
It would be unfair to compare Ranbir Kapoor to other guests on the AIB podcasts, like Anurag Kashyap or Irrfan or Nawazuddin Siddiqui or even Shah Rukh Khan. They come with their own level of candour and Ranbir Kapoor has only now said that he doesn’t care about what he says. Also because Ranbir Kapoor is his own individual and was promoting a film.
But then again, the podcast has previously been a no filter medium where stars can say anything, and is candid and revelationary and exciting (oh wait, so is Koffee With Karan). So when I felt grossly underwhelmed by Ranbir Kapoor’s podcast, I realised that maybe I’ve turned into one of those people who looks for a star to say something remotely salacious so I can pounce on it and write about it.
So I won’t.
Ranbir Kapoor spoke about how awards matter to him when he wins them, how his first kiss was in the seventh grade, and how he finally understood what mansplaining is. He also spoke about nepotism, acknowledged himself as the product of it, to some extent, and called blind items the “scum of the earth.” He answered questions and did his job.
Tanmay Bhat, Ashish Shakya, Gursimran Khamba, and Rohan Joshi, on the other hand, made fun of things he said, made another request to play FIFA with him, asked him about his work and home life, and tried to sell him on the idea of a web series or a sketch. They asked questions, made jokes (because they are comedians first), and did their job.
And so, here I am, writing a barebones report (with links at the end), with no opinion or comment, and trying, just like they successfully did, to do my job. Maybe everything isn’t meant to be a news report.