Who knew a Pakistani reporter's news sequence would become part of a Bollywood blockbuster? Ever since Kabir Khan saw Chand Nawab's video on the internet, he wanted to replicate it in one of his films. Surprise, surprise, he chose to do it for Bajrangi Bhaijaan!
The viral video which left Chand Nawab's career spiraling down the drain, is now the reason he is thanking his stars.
Take a look at the original video:
In an interview with a local news channel, Chand looked proud and happy about his news sequence being used in a film. "No matter how grateful I am it will still be less. I am thankful to my friends that this film has given me fame. I owe it all to the love I received from Pakistanis."
The reporter shared the hardships faced after the video was leaked online. "At first I was worried because I felt my career would be ruined, but my friends and family members told me to have patience and assured me that one day I will attain success," he said.
While the video put a hold on his career, it is also the cause of his new-found stardom. In an interview with NDTV, Bajrangi Bhaijaan director Kabir Khan revealed why he included that particular sequence in the film.
"Ever since I saw it, I fell off my seat laughing and thought I had to do this in a film. The scene with Nawaz is an exact replica of Chand Nawab's viral video," said the director.
"He's (Chand) now a big hero back home. I'm thrilled about that. From the video, I thought him very endearing and cute, and he is," he added.
Kabir even spoke to Chand and the reporter revealed why he couldn't get the lines right. "He was in a hurry to wrap up the infamous PTC (piece to camera), his wife had asked him to head home fast and that's why he was rushing," explained Kabir.
"His regret is that his wife is no longer alive to see it. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a positive film, so I'm happy he's happy. His character is a hero and important in the scheme of things in the film," said the director.
Chand is not upset about the scene now, but he feels it's still a bad example of failure.
"He thought it was an example of failure, a bad PTC and today one of the biggest Hindi films has based a character on him and it's such a validation," said Kabir.
Here's the same sequence done by Nawazuddin: