Actor Ranveer Singh won Superstar of the Decade at the Filmfare Middle East Achievers Night 2022 which took place over the weekend in Dubai. The event saw several Bollywood celebrities in attendance, including Janhvi Kapoor, Govinda, Sunny Leone, and others. While accepting the award, Ranveer teared up as he recounted his rise in the Hindi film industry.
He looked at his parents, Jagjit Singh Bhavnani and Anju Bhavnani and spoke about his struggle to make his portfolio before he joined the industry. In his award acceptance speech, Ranveer said, “Aapko yaad hai papa, barah saal pehle, mein koshish kar raha tha aur mein portfolio banane ja raha tha… socha apna calling card leke jayenge aur dikhayenge ki bhaiya mein hoon naya actor, please mujhe kaam do (remember papa, 12 years ago I was trying to get my portfolio made to take to people and ask them for work).”
He continued, “Portfolio ka quotation aaya ₹50,000… bola ke acha wala banayenge, bade photographer se banayenge. Meine bola papa ₹50,000 bohut expensive hai toh papa ne bola ‘fikar mat kar beta tera papa betha hai yahan pe’ (The portfolio would cost ₹50,000, which I thought was a lot, but my father asked me not to worry and said he will help me).”
Ranveer then spoke to his mother, who sat teary-eyed, “Aapko yaad hai mummy chote wale ghar mein… mera audition bohut kharab gaya tha phir mein wapas aya from the airport, I was bawling, I was crying… and said ‘mumma mere ko pata nahi mera jo ye sapna hai kabhi pura hoga ke nahi’ (remember mom, when we used to live in the smaller house, I gave a bad audition and came to you crying, asking if I will ever realise my dream of becoming an actor).”
Ranveer further said it was a ‘miracle’ that he was standing on the stage and receiving an award. The actor also dedicated the award to filmmaker Aditya Chopra in his winning speech as he dedicated his award to him. "He took a chance on me, when no one did and said, 'I found my next Shah Rukh Khan," Ranveer said. He had made his acting debut with Yash Raj Films' romantic comedy, ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’.