It’s a tough time being a star kid these days. You have to be extra watchful of how you behave in public and what you say to the ‘common people’. In this day and age of social media, a viral video can make or break your reputation! As Udit Narayan’s son Aditya Narayan found much to his dismay yesterday when a video of him abusing the staff of an airline went viral.
Aditya Narayan who, did you say? Well, he is a star kid. Rather, a star singer’s kid who, like everyone else, tried his luck in Bollywood with a few forgettable films. He is a decent singer but really hasn’t reached the league of an Arijit Singh or even his own illustrious dad. In fact, he is still better known for the songs he sang and his performances as a child artiste in films like Rangeela (remember the tiny rap number Chocolate khaane mein tension hai in the title song), Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai and Pardes!
So what made him lose his cool remind a commoner of the ‘privilege’ he holds? A certain arrogance and a little bit of memory loss about the fact that you are always watched and judged on social media!
Here is what exactly happened. The problem started when Aditya Narayan was told by the IndiGo staff at the Raipur airport in the state of Chattisgarh, at the time of check-in, that he had excessive baggage weighting up to 40kg and would have to make an additional payment of Rs 13,000. This led to a heated argument between him and IndiGo ground staff, the airline said in a statement.
In the video that is going viral, Narayan is seen behaving rudely and threatening the staff. He is seen saying "Agar teri Chaddi nahi utaari na, tho mera naam Aditya Narayan nahi hai." (A different take on the usual ‘jaanta nahi main kaun hun’?, the favourite line of privileged brats!)
The airline said that Narayan also used "unparliamentary" language while arguing with a woman staff member. "Aditya Narayan, travelling with a group of 5 people, was carrying excess baggage of 40 kg. The amount to be paid for the carriage of excess baggage came to Rs 13,000," said the IndiGo statement.
"He refused to pay this amount to the female check-in staff member and said that he will not pay more than Rs 10,000 for the excess baggage and also used unparliamentary language with the female staff member," it said. The airline added that the singer used "abusive words" against its duty manager. However, Narayan was later issued a boarding pass after he apologised to the ground staff. The airline did not say whether he paid the excess baggage fee or not. "We at IndiGo can at no point compromise the dignity of our staff members or passengers," the airline statement said. IndiGo allows passengers to carry check-in baggage weighing up to 15 kg free of cost. A maximum of seven kg per person is allowed as cabin baggage. Over and above the weight limit laid down by the airline, customers have to pay Rs 300 per kg as excess baggage.
The other side to the story – as to what led Aditya Narayan abuse and threaten the staff – is not known. In the video, he is seen accusing the airport staff of misbehaviour and argues that he was merely shooting a video at the spot.
But for the public at large, it was yet another instance of privilege (also read ‘nepotism’) being misused and needless to say, there was a lot of flak for the young actor-singer on social media. Keep your temper and phone in control, Aditya!
Meanwhile, here is the video of Aditya getting into a scuffle with the staff: