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Living in Raj Kapoor’s shadow? Aadar Jain hits back at the trolls

The rookie actor was trolled for living in the shadow of the Kapoor khandaan.

Mayur Lookhar

Nepotism in cinema continues to be widely debated and it appears that star kids will have to deal with it for the foreseeable future, particularly on social media.

Ranbir Kapoor’s half-brother Aadar Jain was the latest to find himself being trolled for living in the shadow of a big film family, the Kapoors.

A few weeks ago, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma had introduced Jain and Anya Singh, the two newcomers in Habib Faisal’s Qaidi Band. As he was being introduced, a projection of the legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor appeared on Jain’s T-shirt.

Trolls jumped at the opportunity to mock the young actor, accusing him of living in his grandfather’s shadow. Aadar is the son of the late Raj Kapoor’s daughter Rima Jain.

Defending himself and the marketing gimmick, the young man said, “The photo has me standing with a projection of my grandfather on my T-shirt. I never met my grandfather. He passed away before I was born. I have heard great stories of him. Because of my love and admiration for my grandfather through the many stories and films, I always found that he is somewhere inside me. It was meant to be symbolic of my connection with my grandfather.

"People who took it literally felt that here is this guy going around with a projection of his grandfather. But if you look at the caption, it says Raj Kapoor is a legend, I’m just an aspiring actor. I’m like anyone else who will have to make a name for myself, create my own identity.

"People will have to like me for who I am. I can't rest on the laurels of my grandfather or my great grandfather. They all made names for themselves. Their talent spoke for them.”

Jain didn’t shy away from admitting that he was hurt by the trolls. “I was hurt by the criticism," he said, "because I know how hard I have worked on the film, how much I fought to get the movie. Of course you get bogged down [by such talk]."

Qaidi Band is set to be released on 25 August.