Ranbir Kapoor: Don’t idolise me

He unapologetically enjoys the perks of fame, including dating gorgeous women, but the actor doesn’t enjoy the ‘youth icon’ label

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Published: Sun 21 Nov 2010, 11:57 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:01 PM

HE IS THE Kapoor scion who shot to fame at a young age, but Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor wants to be rid of the title of ‘youth icon’.

“I do feel burdened by this image. I don’t want people to idolise me as an icon who represents the youth. I am a human being at the end of the day and I commit mistakes because I am young,” said Ranbir.

The actor who often grabs headlines for his romantic liaisons, be it with Deepika Padukone or Katrina Kaif, says that he wants to enjoy being young.

“I am 28. So I am open to dating and I enjoy that. I am linked to someone or other every day and I have accepted it as a occupational hazard, but it irks me when my personal life overshadows my work,” continued Ranbir.

The actor made his acting debut with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya in 2007 which proved a box office disaster, but Ranbir was noticed for his performance.

“I was just 23 when I was offered the role and I grew up in a family which had a history in filmmaking. I was heart broken that my film bombed at the box office but then I thought that my career has just started and that stopped me from sinking into depression,” said the actor.

Ranbir also stated that he wants to avoid stereotypes with his chosen roles and lady luck has helped him in his bid to be a versatile actor. “I am not trying to set any image. Be it a chocolate boy, action hero or boy next door. The role selection was spontaneous and everything fell into place at the right time.”

The young star also soon hopes to turn director. “From the beginning I was attracted to direction, as you see the world come alive on the sets, which is an enthralling experience. I will definitely try my hands at on direction when I have a story to tell people,” said Ranbir.

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