Parsi businessman Viraf Chiniwala, whose new-born child has been roped in for Angelina Jolie’s movie, is an overwhelmed man.
“Our gynaecologist, Avan Dadina, stopped me and said the hospital’s CEO, Vijay Krishna, wanted to meet me. I thought they wanted a donation from me since I had got a child after 26 years,”he said.
Viraf’s daughter Shazneen, a 25-year-old fashion designer, is from his first marriage. Krishna then introduced him to Anita Overland, a production coordinator, and asked if he would allow his child to play the ‘crucial’ role of baby Adam.
“Initially, I was reluctant. But then I thought this might be a good opportunity to do some charity, and asked her how much she would pay. She asked me how much I expected. I said $2,000. She promptly agreed,”said Chiniwala.
Being the fund-raising chairman of the Lions Club of Babulnath, the proud father told Overland to sign the cheque in favour of Mumbai’s street children. “This was Harvesp’s first charity contribution to underprivileged children,”he laughed.
At 3:30 pm on Thursday, the father signed an agreement on behalf of his son with the production company. “My condition was that our doctor would remain present during the shooting and that there should be no heavy lighting in the room,”he said.
At around 4:30 pm, Angelina walked in. “She hugged me cordially,”Chiniwala blushed. The shot lasted about 20 minutes and showed the actress giving birth and hugging the child.
After the shoot, she exchanged pleasantries with Chiniwala’s family and daughter Shazneen presented her with an outfit designed by her. “She’s promised to keep in touch,”he said.
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