Poll: Should the makers of Bajrangi Bhaijaan compensate Chand Nawab?
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Updated: Jul 25, 2015 14:33 IST
Pakistani television journalist Chand Nawab. (HT Photo)
You probably know about it already: Nawazuddin Siddiqui's character in director Kabir Khan's Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan is based on Karachi-based Indus New channel reporter Chand Nawab.
Six years ago, a video of Nawab trying to record a PTC (piece-to-camera) went viral on the Internet, and Nawazuddin is introduced in the film enacting the same scene.
Following the tremendous success of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Nawab is once again reliving his new-found celebrity status. In an interview with Hindustan Times, he expressed hope that director Kabir Khan and Salman Khan will compensate him for inspiring Nawazuddin's character. "People have said that I should be compensated for inspiring the character of the reporter in the film. I am also hoping I will be compensated," Nawab said. "Lekin yeh unki marzi hai (But it is up to Salman Khan and Kabir Khan). I am not demanding any compensation, nor will I take any legal action to ensure that they pay me," he added.
Nawab, however, thanked Salman and Kabir Khan for Nawaz's character in Bajrangi Bhaijaan and said he is even being offered TV roles: "Thanks to the film, Nawab has received offers to appear in Pakistani television commercials. He is now hoping there will also be offers for advertisements from across the border. "If anyone from India approaches me for television commercials, I will definitely do them."