Ranveer Brar – The Bridge Between Cooking and Acting
BY AKSHAY ACHARYA
MUMBAI, (IANS) -There are actors who are stars and superstars but seldom does someone outside politics, entertainment, or sports command celebrity status. Ranveer Brar is one such exception.
A chef who has capitalized on a carefully cultivated television and digital persona, including two seasons as judge on MasterChef India, Brar has now taken “a leap of faith” and will shortly be seen playing a gay chef opposite ‘Scam 1992’ star Prateek Gandhi in the ‘Mumbai’ chapter of the Amazon Prime Video series ‘Modern Love’.
The Institute of Hotel Management, Lucknow, alumnus said, “I just felt that there were a lot of similarities between acting and the art of cooking. Cooking is about expressing yourself on a plate. Similarly, acting is about expressing yourself in front of the audience through a different medium. And like acting, cooking involves a lot of performance.”
Brar mentioned that doing theatre courses came handy for him as someone who was embarking on a new journey of acting for the camera. “Hence, I took a leap of faith,” said Brar, who has hauled coals for his first ustad in Lucknow and launched a swish open-air Spanish restaurant at The Claridges in New Delhi.
“I worked with television for seven long years before I made the switch to the digital medium. What I realized about the digital medium was that it’s more personal, it allows me to be myself and I think that is something you cannot take away,” he said.
He makes a compelling argument about what bridges the gap between acting and cooking. “They say that each of your fingers is a ‘rasa’ — sweet, sour, tangy, bitter and spicy — and the collection of ‘rasas’ is called a ‘rasoi’ (kitchen). The ‘rasas’ are always in us, sometimes we use our hands to express them as in the art of making food, sometimes we use our face to express them as in the art of acting, after all, the navrasas are inside us, aren’t they?”