Arjun Kapoor
Arjun on spoof video of his film’s teaser; says he is ‘fine’ with being laughed at if it’s in good faith
Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; May 1, 2017)

Twitterati doesn’t seem to tire of the nepotism debate. Days after the trailer of Half Girlfriend was released, lead hero Arjun Kapoor has found himself at the receiving end of social media trolls. A spoof video where he’s referred to as Boney Ka Launda has gone viral. It suggests Arjun’s success is courtesy his father, veteran producer Boney Kapoor.

But far from being upset or angry, the young actor seems happy with the nickname. “I am very proud to be Boney Ka Launda. Why should I be apologetic about being such an amazing man’s son? If it makes a few people laugh, so be it. It is somebody else’s thoughts on me. I never flaunt his [father’s] tag. I never proclaim whose son I am, nor am I doing all my films with him. People are pigeonholing me for humour; I am fine with that. Aaj yeh bolenge, kal kuchh aur bolenge.”

Quoting lines from the hit ’70s song, Kuch toh log kahenge, logon ka kaam hai kehna, Arjun insists he is “chilled about criticism”. “I wouldn’t be this relaxed about criticism if my box office successes were fewer. For some reason, a majority [of moviegoers] seems to like my films. I don’t negate things that people have to say about me, unless there’s an agenda or hits below the belt. There is a way to criticise. You figure out people’s motives after a few films. If I am being reviewed for my surname, I can read through it. Eventually, you can’t take things to heart,” he adds.