Karachi: It’s not just the makers of Bajrangi Bhaijaan who wish to cash in on the success of the movie. Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi, who apparently is inspired by reporter Chand Nawab, too has asked for compensation.
Speaking to Faking News from Karachi, Shahid Afridi said, “First of all let me congratulate Salman and boys for the wonderful movie. I am very happy that the movie is making a lot of money. I only want to say that I have played a critical role in the movie. The little girl in the movie, Shahida, is named after me. They could have named her Inzimama after Inzimam-ul-haq, but did they do that? There is also a scene where the little girl is watching me play cricket on the TV set. So you see how I have actually played a part in the movie. So am I wrong in asking for compensation?”
Afridi’s fans in Pakistan have lent their support to the cricketer. A ‘peaceful’ rally was held in support of the cricketer in Karachi, with fans demanding PM Nawaz Sharif to intervene in the matter.
But it’s not all support for Afridi, there has been criticism also. Former team-mates have censured Shahid Afridi for openly demanding compensation.
Former cricketer and team-mate Shoaib Akhtar blasted Afridi. He said, “Ye banda itna cheap hai. Isne apni clipper (caliber) dikha di. Yeh iski purani aadat hai. Mujhe yaad hai, jab hum practice ke liye jaate the, ye khud ko 12 saal ka bata kar bus mein half ticket se travel karta tha. Iski cheapness ke upar toh mai ek kitab likh sakta hu.”
Commentator Rameez Raza termed Afridi’s demand and childish and asked the media to ignore him. He said, “Shahid is ignorant in these issues. Woh abhi baccha hai aur usko ignore karna hi behtar hoga.”
But certain sections of Pakistani media are in no mood to ignore. A news anchor of a leading news channel, also popularly known as ‘Pakistans Arnab Goswami’, raised questions as to why Afridi is not getting support from the government and the military. “Awaam ko jawab chahiye”, he screamed, as other panelists nodded in agreement.