Kapoor described it as his first complex role and considered it a departure from the "lover boy roles" that he had previously played.
Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India reviewed: "The film finally belongs to Ranbir Kapoor who perfects the art of minimalism—and literally grows before your eyes—as the simmering volcano that cannot be held back, once it erupts." Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times, however, was more critical of his performance which he considered "stony rather than calculating—especially jarring compared to the histrionic turns around him".
The film was his first commercial success, in which his role was that of a womaniser who is romantically involved with three women, played by Bipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba, and Deepika Padukone, at different stages of his life. In Dharma Productions's Wake Up Sid, a coming of age film from director Ayan Mukerji, Kapoor portrayed Siddharth "Sid" Mehra, a rich, lazy teenager whose life undergoes a series of changes after interacting with an ambitious journalist (played by Konkana Sen Sharma).
The 2011 drama Rockstar and the 2012 comedy-drama Barfi!
earned Kapoor two consecutive Best Actor awards at Filmfare, and a starring role in the 2013 romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani—one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films—established him as a leading Bollywood actor.
Through his career in Bollywood films, Kapoor has become one of the most popular celebrities and one of the highest-paid actors in India.
He is the recipient of several awards, including five Filmfare Awards.
Directed by Anurag Basu, the film (set in the 1970s) tells the story of its titular protagonist (a deaf and mute man, played by Kapoor) who falls in love with a woman who is already engaged (played by Ileana D'Cruz) and later, an autistic girl (played by Priyanka Chopra).