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Ranbir Kapoor on cousin Aadar’s debut: He’ll have to face the conversation on nepotism

Ranbir Kapoor says that though he was happy about his cousin, Aadar Jain’s debut in Bollywood, he was also nervous how he will be received amid the debate on nepotism in the industry.

bollywood Updated: Jul 06, 2017 08:42 IST
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Ranbir Kapoor with his cousin Aadar Jain during a YRF programme in Mumbai. (IANS)

Ranbir Kapoor’s cousin, Aadar Jain, is set to make his film debut and the Jagga Jasoos actor said he is aware that the youngster will have to face questions about nepotism.

Yash Raj Films is launching Aadar, grandson of late actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, in a film which also features another debutante, Anya Singh.

The film will be directed by Habib Faisal, who launched Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra in his 2012 movie Ishaqzaade.

Anya Singh and Aadar Jain during a YRF programme in Mumbai on July 5. (IANS)

At a special event today, Aadar and Anya were introduced by Ranbir and Anushka Sharma.

“When Aadar called and told me that he bagged the film, I felt a lot of pride and gratefulness. But at the same time, I was a little nervous, not knowing how this boy will be accepted. It is a funny industry,” Ranbir told reporters.

“Yes, the platform that he has will spark a debate about insiders vs outsiders, nepotism and all of that. But I am going to keep that aside for now. Eventually we will talk about it, he will have to face it.”

Aadar’s brother Armaan Jain already made his debut as an actor with Lekar Hum Deewana Dil in 2014.

Aadar, who is the son of Reema and Manoj Jain, said he is honoured to be making his acting debut as it has always been his dream.

Aadar Jain during a YRF programme in Mumbai on July 5, 2017. (IANS)

He said he is aware of the ups and downs of the film industry and is prepared to handle the media scrutiny.

“All these things happen. It comes with the territory. I am ready for it. I believe the most important thing is being truthful to your work, that’s why you’re here.”

Aadar previously assisted filmmaker Karan Johar in his last release, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Ranbir, who starred in the film, shared a few anecdotes about working with his cousin on the sets of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

“I used to ask Aadar to say Aishwarya’s lines while I got ready for my sequences. I used to make him enact Aishwarya’s scenes too.”

Anushka introduced Anya and said she can relate with her journey because both of them come from non-filmy families.

Anushka Sharma and Anya Singh during a YRF programme in Mumbai on July 5. (IANS)

Anya said she wants to work with actor Ranveer Singh.

“When I saw Band Baaja Baarat, I became his fan. I find him very relatable.”

Anushka added, “Ranveer met her backstage now and called her ‘beta’. And I was like ‘did you just say beta’?”

Ranbir said he would advice both of them to be honest with their work.

“I want to tell both the kids that the odds are the same. There are no shortcuts, no formulas, there are highs and lows and lots of sacrifices. You’ve to give a lot to be accepted and be honest to your craft. It’s about how you play the game.”

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First Published: Jul 06, 2017 08:41 IST