Parsi baby is Jolie’s reel love


November 21, 2006

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Hollywood beauty Angelina Jolie held him close to her bosom, looked into his eyes lovingly and kissed him gently. And partner Brad Pitt was nowhere around when this happened behind closed doors on a sultry Thursday evening in south Mumbai.

Young Harvesp must be the luckiest guy around. He was born last Sunday and four days later became, perhaps, the youngest male to attract Angelina’s affection.

The opportunity to nestle in the arms of one of the world’s most desired women came to the tot quite by chance. When the crew of A Mighty Heart–the movie based on American journalist Daniel Pearl’s murder by Pakistan-based jihadis–arrived at Breach Candy Hospital on Thursday to shoot the final scene, it was a moment more guarded than a state secret.

“Except for the top management of the hospital, no one knew that they were coming,” a source told TOI.

The scene was a recreation of Pearl’s widow, Mariane, giving birth to their son, Adam, a few months after the death of the journalist.

Room 500 on the fifth floor of the hospital was converted into a labour room. Around that time, Harvesp’s mother, Shavin Chiniwala, was packed and ready to go home while his father, 53-year-old Viraf Chiniwala, proprietor of Veldon Coats, was waiting near the billing department of the hospital.

“Our gynaecologist, Avan Dadina, stopped me and said that 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,” said the Parsi businessman. However, Chiniwala has a 25-year-old daughter Shazneen, now a fashion designer, from his first marriage.

Krishna then introduced him to Anita Overland, production coordinator for the film, 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.

The proud father, who happens to be the fund-raising chairman of the Lions Club of Babulnath, told Overland to sign the cheque in favour of Mumbai’s street children. “This was Harvesp’s first charity contribution to underprivileged children,” he said with a laugh.

At 3.30 pm on Thursday, the father signed an agreement with the production company on behalf of his son. “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 about 4.30 pm, Jolie walked in. “She hugged me cordially,” Chiniwala said, then 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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