Mumbai: In what appears to be a flagrant defence, singer Udit Narayan has addressed his son Aditya’s misconduct at the Raipur airport last week and said that he was “unfortunate enough” to feature in the video, which was circulated emphatically across social media after the incident.
Video clips showed Aditya arguing with IndiGo ground staff at the Raipur airport – he allegedly abused them after he was asked to pay Rs 13,000 for excess baggage.
Udit Narayan’s interview to DNA, thus, is nothing less than a subtle rebuttal as he said that Aditya has been brought up with “correct values” and that it is difficult for him to believe that Junior Narayan behaved in such a manner. That apart, Narayan Senior also said that he was not aware of the incident in the first place until he was told about it.
“I was unaware of the developments until someone told me about it. I couldn’t believe it. Aditya is not like that at all. Though he’s our only child, my wife Deepa and I have brought him up with the correct values. So, I was sceptical about the truth of the incident until someone showed me the video. What can I say? We’ve all lost our cool at the airport at some point or another. Aditya was unfortunate enough to have been caught on video,” DNA quoted Udit Narayan as saying.
Aditya Narayan was booked on a flight from Raipur to Mumbai on Sunday morning. While checking-in at the airport, he was asked to pay for extra baggage weighing 40 kg, which escalated to a heated argument between him and the IndiGo ground staff, the airline said in a statement.
“(If) you are going to offload me, I will see you in Mumbai…phir dekh lenge (then we will see),” Aditya was heard threatening a duty manager of the airline in the video. The airline also said that Aditya used “unparliamentary” language while arguing with a woman staff member.
Udit Narayan, however, believes that he isn’t defending his son’s behaviour and said that Aditya is considerably “nervous” after the incident, especially because he has been attacked by several quarters.
“Not at all! If Aditya has misbehaved it is wrong. As soon as I get back to Mumbai, I’ll have him issue a public apology. Right now, he’s very scared and nervous. Making it worse is the attack from all corners as though he has committed a major crime,” Udit Narayan said.
In fact, Mr Narayan is of the opinion that Aditya was misunderstood and said: “I agree it’s wrong to misbehave in public. But in my humble opinion, it’s equally wrong to attack someone who is caught on the wrong foot. Aditya is a self-made child. He never took my help in anything he has achieved. Whatever he has achieved is on his own merit. We are proud of him.”
Aditya Narayan worked as a child artiste in the films Rangeela, Pardes and Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai. Like his father, Aditya has also provided vocals to songs such as Tattad Tattad and Ishqyaun Dhishqyaun. He made his debut in Bollywood with Shaapit in 2010.