Ranbir Kapoor (Reuters)
Ranbir Kapoor (Reuters)

Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor whose name has been linked with many of his co-stars said he wants to get rid of the Casanova image that has been attached to him since his Bollywood debut.

In an interview with ETC Bollywood Business, the "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" (YJHD) actor said, "I don't think my image is very good. I am linked with almost all of my co-stars. I am termed as a Casanova. But I am not one. I want to get rid of that image and I am slowly getting there. There used to be a time when that is the only thing people spoke about me."

The 30-year-old actor, who gave back to back hits like "Barfi" and "Rockstar", revealed he was happy that his work is now being appreciated. "I'm glad now people talk about my work rather than who I am in a relationship with."

As soon as Ranbir made his debut through Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Saawariya", he was rumoured to be in relationship with his co-star Sonam Kapoor. Later he was linked with his "Bachna Ae Haseeno" co-star Deepika Padukone. The pair even went public with their relationship but parted way in less than two years. He was soon linked with Katrina Kaif. Other actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Nargis Fakhri joined the list.

With his Casanova image and chocolate boy looks, Ranbir has stolen the hearts of many. His recent release "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" which also stars his ex-girlfriend Deepika Padukone had a bumper start. The film had a record breaking opening weekend at the Indian box office, earning more than ₹60 crore in three days. As per reports, the film is the biggest non-holiday opener after Salman Khan's "Dabangg 2".

Speaking of his dislike for promoting films, Ranbir also said, "I would love to do fewer films, so that I don't have to go for promotions. I feel it takes away from the joy of making the movie. Creativity, I feel, is dying because of promotions."

"While acting we are involved in a creative process and during promotions we are merely reduced to salesmen! But everyone is promoting their films, so even we have to. The biggest stars are doing it, so who are we? We get insecure and go ahead with promotions thinking what if our film doesn't work if we don't promote it," he added.