Ranveer Singh’s recent nude photoshoot for PAPER magazine- a spin-off on Burt Reynolds’ nudes for Cosmopolitan- has drawn the police’s ire. After an FIR was filed at Chembur Police Station by lawyer Vedika Chaubey -alleging that the actor hurt the sentiments of women and insulted their modesty- Chembur Police registered a case against the Gully Boy star. Booked under sections 292, 293, and 509 of the IPC and 67(A) of the Information Technology Act, Ranveer, it seems, hasn’t merely broken the internet but the law as well.
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Born into a Sindhi family- the Bhavnanis- in Mumbai (then Bombay), he dropped his family name because he felt it would downplay his brand. The acting bug bit him from a young age. Primed for the silver screen, he was a regular feature in plays and debates during his school years at Bandra’s Learners’ Academy. He joined H.R College of Commerce and Economics but left for Indiana University to complete his Bachelor of Arts. During his bachelor’s, he joined acting classes and had theatre as his minor.
He returned to Mumbai in 2007, taking up jobs as a copywriter at ad firms like Ogilvy and Mather and J. Walter Thompson before working as an assistant director. In 2010, he auditioned for a role in Maneesh Sharma’s Band Baaja Baarat, produced by Yash Raj Films. Impressed by his off-kilter energy, Aditya Chopra cast him alongside Anushka Sharma. Excelling as Bitoo Sharma, Ranveer would bag a Filmfare for Best Male Debut.
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Over the years, Ranveer has established himself as one of Bollywood’s leading actors and the industry’s bona fide madman. An eccentric personality, he is known as much for his outlandish fashion sense as for his acting on-screen. He has received critical acclaim and box office validation, acting in films such as Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Lootera, Goliyon ki Raasleella Ram-Leela- even bagging a Filmfare nomination for Best Actor for Ram-Leela. But to date, Gully Boy and Padmaavat stand out as his two biggest hits. His most recent big-money project, 83, tanked at the box office. Based on India’s 1983 World Cup triumph, Ranveer essayed the role of captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev, but it wasn’t enough to draw in the crowds.
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He launched his own production company- Maa Kasam Films- in 2020. He has also hosted a television game show, The Big Picture, on ColoursTV. On the personal front, Singh is married to actress and Ram-Leela co-star Deepika Padukone. In November 2018, The two tied the knot in a lavish wedding at Lake Como, Italy.