Since the beginning of 2016, Sajid Nadiadwala has been busy with films such as Baaghi, Housefull 3 and the upcoming Varun Dhawan-John Abraham starrer Dishoom. In the midst of his professional duties, the film-maker has also been tackling a peculiar issue – an impostor.
A few weeks ago, Nadiadwala was surprised to find out that his friends in the industry were getting “messages and invites” from him on Facebook, when he isn’t on any social media sites.
“When a number of actors and directors told Nadiadwala that they had been chatting with him on Facebook, he informed them that he doesn’t have an account on the website,” says an insider.
When the impostor continued chatting with industry members, the film-maker decided to lodge a complaint with the Mumbai’s cyber cell. “The impostor wasn’t just talking to the industry people about general things. He had started inviting them for auditions and look tests. Nadiadwala had to stop him from continuing that, before it became a big issue,” adds the insider.
The film-maker has now asked his team to keep an eye out for any other fake accounts that may exist on social media platforms. “Nadiadwala has always stayed away from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, despite many of his industry friends and his wife, Warda Nadiadwala, asking him to test the waters,” says the insider.
When contacted, Nadiadwala says, “I have lodged a complaint with the cyber cell after learning about this issue from a lot of my friends. I am confident that the authorities will take the necessary steps.”