Raj in ‘Saawariya’
Enter a lanky lad with long locks, hopelessly in love with a dreamy beauty. Yes, this was the entry of Ranbir which had every lady swooning to the tunes of this musical romance, wanting to fall in his arms. Though the movie did not work, but this ‘Raj’ sure made way into our hearts, as Ranbir took home every award that year for this debut.
Sid in ‘Wake Up Sid’
Ranbir’s portrayal of a confused yet endearing Sid was superb. We all could see a reflection of ourselves in him, as he finally figures out what he wants to in life, and love, even though it is not a conventional easy choice.
Harpreet Singh Bedi in ‘Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year’
A character which not many would have been willing to portray so early in their career, Ranbir as Harpreet Singh Bedi was amazing.
Samar Pratap in ‘Raajneeti’
The character, which was inspired from Arjun in the epic Mahabharata was difficult and kind of anti-hero. Even then, Ranbir not only took the risk of portraying it, but did it to perfection.
Janardan “Jordon” Jhakhar in ‘Rockstar’
This was the role which earned him numerous praises and accolades, and for good reason. Ranbir’s portrayal of the heartbroken rockstar was beautiful.
Murphy aka Barfi Johnson in ‘Barfi!’
Another one of the exemplary performances of the lad, here we saw Ranbir as the mute and deaf ‘Barfi’, who is always ready to bring a smile to various places. He won the hearts of all and sundry with this one, all with his emoting capabilities.
Bunny aka Kabir Thapar in ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’
The charmer, the joker, and the one who can sweep you off your field. Some might say this was a role custom made for him, and it was. We loved this coming of age story and how Bunny evolved in the span of eight years.
Ved Sahni in ‘Tamasha’
Ved, the Don, a symbol of how we are just running in the race to be average, but not in our own race where we can be number one, if only we deviate a little from the ordinary. As subtle was Imtiaz Ali’s storytelling, so was Ranbir’s portrayal of the character which brought our own life, dreams, and aspirations in front of us.
Ayan in ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
Ranbir's portrayal of Ayan, a man-child who could not fathom as to how his best friend could not fall in love with him, was as innocent as it was dark. Each and every nuance of the emotion was portrayed to perfection by him.
Jagga in 'Jagga Jasoos'
This movie may not have worked well at the box office, but Ranbir's portrayal of a teenage detective in search of his lost father, warmed the hearts of all and sundry. He proved that his Jagga could match up the likes of legends like Byomkesh and Feluda, with subtle references of Satyajit Ray's imagination strewn across the plot.