Mumbai: A couple of days ago, a video of Aditya Narayan (son of veteran playback singer Udit Narayan) abusing an airline staff at the Raipur airport had surfaced online. In the video, one could see Aditya behaving in a manner that was quite unbecoming of his otherwise sober image.
Soon after the video emerged online, Aditya’s conduct was condemned by Twitterarti. However, his father Udit Narayan, who has seldom been in news for wrong reasons, spoke about the incident that made headlines.
According to a report in India.com originally attributed to Hindustan Times, Udit said, “Main itna hi kehna chahunga that since his childhood he has been a good child [boy] aur usne acha kaam kiya hai and pata nahi yeh waha pe kya aapas mein jhagda hua, discussion hua. Video mein toh woh gusse mein lag raha hai (All I want to say is that since his childhood he has been a good boy and has worked hard. I don’t know what happened there between them. He looks angry in the video).
The ugly showdown started soon after Aditya was asked to pay Rs 13,000/- for carrying luggage beyond regular limit. But he refused to pay the entire amount and agreed to pay only Rs 10,000/- .He not only threatened airline staff but also used unparliamentary language.
The airline reportedly issued a statement. It read: "Today on 6E-258 (Raipur-Mumbai), Mr Aditya Narayan, travelling with a group of 5 people, was carrying excess baggage of 40 kgs. The amount to be paid for the carriage of excess baggage came to 13000 INR. He refused to pay this amount to the female check in staff member and said that he will not pay more than 10000 INR for the excess baggage and also used unparliamentary language with the female staff member. While making a video, he pointed a finger at the Duty Manager and again used profanity. When politely asked to be civil and not use such language as there were other passengers and female staff members present, he started shouting even louder and used abusive words which we are refraining from mentioning here. He was informed that if he continues to misbehave he will not be allowed to travel. Later, passenger Mr Narayan apologised to the ground staff and thereafter was given the boarding cards. We at IndiGo can at no point compromise the dignity of our staff members or passengers. (sic). "
Apparently, Udit wasn’t aware of the statement issued by the airline. Talking about the shaming incident, the singer said, “Airlines ki taraf se toh kuch hai bhi nahi aaya, agar waha se kuch aata toh pata chalta. Ab pata nahi kisne video banaya and har jagah daal diya. Meri Aditya se iss baare mein kuch baat nahi hui hai.” (We haven’t received any information from the airline. I don’t know who made this video and uploaded it everywhere. I haven’t even spoken to Aditya about it.”