Ranbir Kapoor‘s cousin, Aadar Jain is all set to make his acting debut with YRF’s Qaidi Band. In a BollywoodLife exclusive, he spoke about his aspirations, the advice he received from his family members and the success and failure lessons he learnt from Ranbir and Kareena.
When I asked him about the time he realised he wanted to be an actor he revealed that while growing up he didn’t really know what he wants to be. He was into sports and was a part of lot of talents shows. He also used to play drums, as he was part of a band. He, basically, used to love performing on stage and do theatre and it was then he realised that performing is something that gives him a high. “During high school when everyone was applying for colleges that’s when I realised that I don’t want to do these different kind of things like join a business or do law or engineering, I wanted to act.” He then joined an acting school in New York and when he returned he joined Farah Khan and Karan Johar for Happy New Year and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, respectively as assistant director. “And then I came back and started giving auditions and that’s when I became an actor.” Also read: Qaidi Band actor Aadar Jain: I’d like to work with Alia Bhatt
When I asked him about any advice he received from any of his family members, considering his a family of superstars be it Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan or Karisma Kapoor. He said, “When I actually decided that I want to be an actor, I actually made it very clear that I just want my my family’s blessings and I want my mom and dad’s blessings and my brother Armaan’s blessings. I didn’t want any advice because at the end of the day I have to take credit for my own success and failure in life. Whatever decisions, whatever steps I take I have to take credit for it. I don’t want anyone’s advice, I want to have my own journey.” Also read: Qaidi Band actor Aadar Jain on nepotism: I don’t think any producer or director would want to waste their money on people who are not talented
I then asked about how he’s gonna deal with success as well as failure, as in his family itself he has seen success in Ranbir Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor and a failure in his brother Armaan Jain’s first film, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. He said, “So I have great examples in front of me, my cousin Ranbir, my cousin Kareena and my brother Armaan, all their first film didn’t do well and they all picked themselves up. You have to work forward, you have to maintain yourself to work harder. Ya we are not here to do one film. I believe that when you work so hard in a film, you give it your all, you want it to do well. If it doesn’t do well then that’s the real time when you really work hard, pick yourself up and fight harder. That’s one thing I’ve learnt from all three of them.” Also read: Qaidi Band actress Anya Singh on nepotism: I feel it exists in every industry but it’s hyped in ours
Later when I asked him about the reason he chose an unconventional film like Qaidi Band and not a quintessential love story, he said, “After I got off as an AD for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, I gave auditions to Shanoo Sharma for about three months. This opportunity actually came up when Shanoo thought I was fit enough to move forward for an opportunity like this. She put me in touch with Mr Habib Faisal, we auditioned for about 4-5 weeks. And in the middle of the audition process, he said to me, ‘Aadar, we can only move forward if you connect with the character and script, otherwise there’s no point of it. So when they narrated the story to me, I thought it was extremely entertaining and engaging and more than that I found it very educational because the whole setting of the movie is in jail.”
He further added, “I have seen films like Shawshank Redemption and series like Prison Break but I didn’t really know about the life and characters that exist in jail. So that was something very challenging for me and more importantly I really connected with my character in the film. So for me I never found it unconventional or orthodox or ki koi hatke picture hai. And I am not saying because I am in the film, even if I didn’t get the film at that point when I was auditioning, this is something that I’d like to watch. Because it is educational not only for me but all those who don’t know about the topic of undertrials in India.”
Aadar Jain will be making his debut in Yash Raj Films’ Qaidi Band, alongside newbie Anya Singh. The movie slated for a August 25, 2017 release…