Constant link ups with actresses like Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma and Nargis Fakhri are irking Ranbir Kapoor. He is no longer amused at being painted a womanizer and neither are his parents.
So self-conscious has Ranbir become of his image of the wild lover-boy that he has decided to now gravitate to the other end.
'That isn't me that's being written about. I've had enough. I just want to withdraw from the limelight completely for sometime,' said Ranbir, 28.
The actor is currently busy shooting for Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar with half Czech-half Pakistani model Nargis Fakhri.
'More than himself Ranbir is embarrassed because of his parents. He can take any kind of flak or rumour. But if his parents get affected, he reacts. And now Ranbir has had enough. He won't take the Casanova image lying down,' said Ranbir's friend.
'Ranbir is specially cheesed off by the rumours about Nargis. He has never treated her as anything more than a co-star. Ranbir goes out with her, yes, but only in a group with his other friends.'
The friend says there's a valid reason for why Ranbir was seen with Nargis at a movie recently.
'Nargis is under an exclusive contract with Asthvinayak the producers of Rockstar. She can't be seen at public events or at social gatherings with people outside her Rockstar team. Her most logical instinct is to hang around with her Rockstar co-star Ranbir and his friends,' said the friend.
Speaking on the much-reported movie where Ranbir and Nargis were spotted together, the concerned friend reveals, 'Ranbir was keen to see The King's Speech and not Black Swan as reported in the press with his buddy Ayan Mukerjee. Nargis wanted to come along. Which she did, with a female friend of hers, at the PVR. During interval when Ranbir came out, there were more than 50 press photographers waiting to click him and Nargis together... at 11 p.m.! Who informed the press? Certainly not Ranbir or Nargis or their friends who accompanied them for the movie.'
The actor entered filmdom just four years ago with Saawariya and has featured in hits like Wake Up! Sid, Raajneeti and Bachna Aae Haseeno.
Ranbir's friend feels the image of the womanizer is being carried to the extreme and being planted by 'vested interests' only to show that the actor is not as serious about his work as his colleagues.
According to the friend, the last straw was Ranbir's link-up with Anushka. After this rumour broke out, Ranbir's father Rishi Kapoor finally asked his son to do something about the endless gossip.
Laughed the friend, 'Isn't she seeing Ranveer Singh? Why would Ranbir cosy up to someone else's girl? It was reported that he was with Anushka in the backseat of their car. Wrong! Ranbir was in the front seat with his friend Ayan. Anushka was on the backseat with Ranveer Singh. They all drove to the Olive for a meal where they were joined by Shahid Kapoor.'