Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh recently attended the Marrakech International Film Festival where he was presented with Etoile d’Or trophy.
During an interaction, Ranveer recalled his casting couch experience. International magazine Deadline quoted the actor saying, “This guy calls me to this seedy place and is like, ‘Are you a hard worker, or a smart worker?’. I didn’t consider myself to be smart, so I said: ‘I think I’m a hard worker.’ He was like, ‘Darling, be smart, be sexy’. I had all those kinds of experiences during those three-and-a-half years, and I think it was that period that makes me value the opportunities I have now.”
On the opening night of the festival, Ranveer treated spectators to dancing and an impromptu rap session as he received a tribute award.
“This is the darkest period. When I look at the world around me, I see all sorts of pain and suffering. I feel that in my capacity as an entertainer, the best thing I can do is lighten people’s burden,” said Singh.
Marrakech has a long history of celebrating Indian cinema. The festival previously honored Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Aamir Khan and in 2012, it ran a special sidebar to mark 100 years of Indian cinema.
After his appearance at the official opening ceremony, Ranveer high-tailed it to Marrakech’s famous Jemaa El Fna Square to introduce an open-air screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2015 multi-award-winning 18th costume drama “Bajirao Mastani”, in which the actor had one of his breakout roles.
On a related note, Singh has also been invited to attend and represent India at the FIFA World Cup Final in Qatar.
Ranveer will be flying to Qatar to attend the biggest sporting event on December 18 which will see two of the best countries in world football lock horns to lift the coveted World Cup.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Singh will next be seen in “Cirkus”, which reunites him with his “Simmba” director Rohit Shetty.