Ranveer Singh Biography – One of the Versatile Actors of Bollywood

Ranveer Singh Bhavnani is an Indian actor who works in Hindi films. The recipient of several awards, including five Filmfare Awards, he is among the highest-paid Indian actors and has been featured in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2012.

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Real Name: Ranveer Singh Bhavnani
Profession: Indian Actor
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Spouse: Deepika Padukone
Age: 38

Ranveer Singh Bhavnani (born 6 July 1985) is an Indian actor who works in Hindi films. The recipient of several awards, including five Filmfare Awards, he is among the highest-paid Indian actors and has been featured in Forbes Indias Celebrity 100 list since 2012.

After graduating from Indiana University Bloomington, Singh made his acting debut with a leading role in Yash Raj Films‘ romantic comedy Band Baaja Baaraat. The film was as a critical and commercial success, earning him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He gained praise for playing a melancholic thief in the drama Lootera (2013), and established himself as a star through his collaborations with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the first of which was in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013). He gained critical acclaim for portraying Bajirao I and Alauddin Khilji in Bhansali’s period dramas Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018), respectively. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the former and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for the latter. These, along with the action film Simmba (2018), in which he played the title character, rank among the highest-grossing Indian films. He won further Best Actor awards at Filmfare for playing an aspiring rapper in the musical drama Gully Boy (2019) and Kapil Dev in the sports film 83 (2021).

Singh has also hosted the television game show The Big Picture (2021–2022), and endorses several brands and products. He is married to his frequent co-star Deepika Padukone. Off-screen, he is known for his flamboyant fashion sense.

Ranveer Singh Biography
Ranveer Singh Biography
Ranveer Singh Biography
Ranveer Singh Bhavnani

6 July 1985 (age 38)

Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Alma mater Indiana University Bloomington
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present
Deepika Padukone (m. 2018)
Relatives Chand Burke (grandmother)
Awards Full list

Early life and education (Ranveer Singh Biography)

Ranveer Singh Bhavnani was born on 6 July 1985 into a Sindhi family in Bombay, Maharashtra, India (now Mumbai), to Anju and Jagjit Singh Bhavnani. His grandparents moved to Bombay from Karachi, Sindh (in present-day Pakistan) during the Partition of India. He has an elder sister, Ritika Bhavnani. Singh is the paternal grandson of character-actress Chand Burke and is related to actor Anil Kapoor‘s family through the latter’s wife Sunita Kapoor (née Bhavnani). Singh explains that he dropped his surname Bhavnani since he felt that the name would have been “too long, too many syllables”, thus downplaying his brand as a “saleable commodity”.

Singh always aspired to be an actor, participating in several school plays and debates. However, after he joined the H.R. College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai, Singh realized that getting a break in the film industry was not easy. Feeling that the idea of acting was “too far-fetched”, Singh focused on creative writing. He went to the United States where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University Bloomington in 2008. At the university, he decided to take acting classes and took up theatre as his minor.

After completing his studies and returning to Mumbai in 2007, Singh worked for a few years in advertising as a copywriter, with agencies like O&M and J. Walter Thompson. He also worked as an assistant director but left it to pursue acting. He then decided to send his portfolio to the directors. He would go for all kinds of auditions, but did not get any good opportunities, while only getting calls for minor roles: “Everything was so bleak. It was very frustrating. There were times I would think whether I was doing the right thing or not.”

Career (Ranveer Singh Biography)

Breakthrough (2010–2014)

In 2010, Singh auditioned for a lead role in Maneesh Sharma’s Band Baaja Baaraat, a romantic comedy from the production company Yash Raj Films. Impressed by his audition, producer Aditya Chopra cast him for the part opposite Anushka Sharma. Singh described his role of Bittoo Sharma as a typical Delhi boy. To prepare for the role, he spent time with students at the Delhi University campus. Despite reservations about the film’s commercial appeal from trade journalists, the film emerged as a sleeper hit. Singh’s performance was praised, with Anupama Chopra of NDTV writing that Singh was “pitch-perfect in the role of the uncouth but good-hearted small-town slacker”. At the annual Filmfare Awards, Singh won the award for Best Male Debut.

Following Band Baaja Baaraat, Singh signed on for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, a romantic comedy once again produced by Chopra, directed by Maneesh Sharma, and co-starring Anushka Sharma. He played a conman Ricky Bahl who cons girls for a living but finally meets his match. According to Singh, the title character had various avatars in the film, including a chirpy, entertaining side, and sinister side. Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India wrote, “Ranveer is, well Ranveer: your average Joe kind of hero who looks convincing enough as Sunny, Deven, Iqbal, Ricky, his sundry avatars.” Commercially, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl performed moderately well. Singh received critical acclaim for Vikramaditya Motwane’s period romance Lootera (2013), co-starring Sonakshi Sinha. An adaptation of O. Henry’s short story The Last Leaf, the film tells the story of Pakhi Roy Chowdhury, a young Bengali woman who falls in love with Varun Shrivastava, a conman posing as an archaeologist. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN wrote that Singh “brings a quiet sensitivity to Varun, and occasionally a smoldering intensity. Offering a finely internalized performance, he leaves a lasting impression.” Lootera underperformed commercially.

In 2014, Singh starred as a Bengali criminal in Ali Abbas Zafar‘s Gunday, alongside Arjun KapoorPriyanka Chopra, and Irrfan Khan. David Chute of Variety praised Singh’s screen presence and wrote that he “tucks the movie’s center of interest under his arm and takes it with him — even though he has the could-be-thankless “good brother” role”. Also, Singh’s chemistry with Kapoor was considered by critic Rohit Khilnani to be the prime asset of the film. Gunday proved to be Singh’s biggest box-office opener and eventually emerged as a box-office success with a revenue of ₹1 billion (US$13 million) worldwide. After a cameo appearance in Finding Fanny, Singh starred as a gangster in Shaad Ali’s poorly received crime drama Kill Dil opposite Parineeti Chopra and Ali Zafar.

Ranveer Singh Biography
Ranveer Singh Biography

Established actor (2015–2019)

Zoya Akhtar’s ensemble comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), produced by and cameo-starring her brother Farhan Akhtar, featured Singh alongside Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, and Priyanka Chopra as the younger sibling of a dysfunctional Punjabi business family who aspires to become a pilot. Writing for Mumbai Mirror, Kunal Guha found Singh to be the “surprise element” of the film; he praised his “immaculate comic timing” and took note of his subtlety. Commercially, the film underperformed. He next reunited with Bhansali in the period romance Bajirao Mastani (2015), opposite Padukone and Chopra. He portrayed Bajirao I, for which he shaved his head and to prepare, he locked himself in a hotel room for 21 days. Raja Sen wrote that Singh “brings his character to life and does so with both machismo and grace”, and commended him for his perfecting his character’s gait and accent. The film earned ₹3.5 billion (US$44 million) to become one of the highest-grossing Indian films and garnered Singh the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

At the end of the same year, Singh played the titular corrupt policeman in Rohit Shetty‘s action comedy Simmba, based on the Telugu-language film Temper (2015), co-starring Sara Ali Khan and Sonu Sood, which marked his first collaboration with filmmaker Karan Johar, who co-produced the film with Shetty. Despite disliking the film, Uday Bhatia of Mint credited Singh for playing his “cardboard creation” of a character with an “underlying sweetness that renders it more winsome than the humorless masculinity of Devgn‘s Singham“. With worldwide earnings of ₹4 billion (US$50 million), Simmba emerged as Singh’s second top-earning Indian film of 2018.

Singh reteamed with Zoya Akhtar on Gully Boy (2019), a musical inspired by the life of the street rappers Divine and Naezy. Singh found little in common with his character of a poor man who aspires to become a rapper, and in preparation, he underwent acting workshops and spent time with both Divine and Naezy. He performed his own rap songs and was pleased that the film brought attention to India’s underground music scene. The film premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter commended him for displaying a “pleasingly full emotional range that extends to drama and hip-hop” and writing for Film Companion, Baradwaj Rangan praised his ghetto accent and found his understated performance to be a “superb showreel for his range”. Gully Boy won a record 13 Filmfare Awards, and Singh received another Best Actor award.

Commercial fluctuations (2020–present)

In 2021, Singh hosted the television game show The Big Picture, which aired on Colors TV. He reprised his role as Simmba in Shetty’s action film Sooryavanshi in an extended cameo. Singh then portrayed cricketer Kapil Dev in Kabir Khan‘s 83, a sports film based on the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Initially planned for a 2020 release, 83 was delayed several times owing to casting and pre-production that postponed filming, and later due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Reviews for the film were positive, with praise for Singh’s portrayal of Dev. Made on a budget of ₹270 crore (US$34 million), the film had a worldwide gross of ₹190.86 crore (US$24 million) and was deemed a box-office bomb. Singh’s performance won him his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

Personal life and media image (Ranveer Singh Biography)

Singh began dating Deepika Padukone, his co-star in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, in August 2012. In October 2018, the couple announced their impending marriage. The following month, they married in traditional Konkani Hindu and Sikh Anand Karaj (Singh’s paternal grandfather was Sikh) ceremonies at Lake Como, Italy.

Singh has appeared in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 list since 2012, reaching his highest position (seventh) in 2019. That year, the magazine estimated his annual earnings to be ₹1.18 billion (US$15 million) and ranked him as the fifth-highest-paid actor in the country. He was also featured by GQ in their listing of the 50 most influential young Indians of 2017 and 2019. In 2019, India Today featured him among the nation’s 50 most powerful people, and in 2023, he was featured in a similar list by The Indian Express.

In addition to his acting career, Singh launched his own record label in 2019, named IncInk, to promote local musicians. He endorses several brands, including Adidas, Head & Shoulders, Ching’s, Jack & Jones, Thums Up, and MakeMyTrip. Singh is also an investor in Vineeta Singh’s start-up Sugar Cosmetics. Duff & Phelps estimated his brand value to be US$63 million, in 2019, the fourth-highest of Indian celebrities. In 2022, he peaked at the second position with a brand value of US$158.3 million.

Off-screen, Singh is known for his flamboyant fashion sense. In July 2022, Singh appeared nude in a photo shoot for Paper magazine. A month later, he was summoned by Mumbai Police for questioning in connection with several police complaints that were filed against him after the pictures went viral on social media.

Ranveer_Singh in his Wedding
Ranveer Singh in his Wedding

Filmography (Ranveer Singh Biography)


Year Film Role(s) Notes
2010 Band Baaja Baaraat Bittoo Sharma
2011 Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Ricky Bahl
2013 Bombay Talkies Himself Special appearance in song “Apna Bombay Talkies”
Lootera Varun Shrivastav/
Atmanand “Nandu” Tripathi
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela Ram Rajari
2014 Gunday Bikram Bose
Finding Fanny Gabo English film; cameo
Kill Dil Dev
2015 Hey Bro Himself Special appearance in song “Birju”
Dil Dhadakne Do Kabir Mehra
Bajirao Mastani Peshwa Bajirao I
2016 Befikre Dharam Gulati
2018 Padmaavat Alauddin Khilji
Teefa in Trouble Himself Pakistani film; special appearance
Simmba Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao
2019 Gully Boy Murad Ahmed
2020 Ghoomketu Himself Cameo
2021 Sooryavanshi Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao Special appearance
83 Kapil Dev
2022 Jayeshbhai Jordaar Jayeshbhai
Cirkus Roy/Roy
2023 Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani Rocky Randhawa


Year Show Role(s) Notes
2021–2022 The Big Picture Host Game show
2022 Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives Himself Cameo

Discography (Ranveer Singh Biography)

Title Year Album
“Asli Hip Hop” 2019 Gully Boy
“Mere Gully Mein”
“Doori Poem”
“Kab Se Kab Tak”
“Ek Hee Raasta”
“Apna Time Aayega”
“What Jhumka?” 2023 Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani

Awards and nominations (Ranveer Singh Biography)

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