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Brummie Bollywood lookalike
by Arshia Riaz, BBC
Meet a Birmingham man whose job it is to look like a Bollywood movie star. On Sunday 1st February 2009 he appeared on BBC WM’s Midlands Masala show for an exclusive interview.
Sixty eight year old Mr Nawaz acts as a professional lookalike as one of Bollywoods greatest stars - Amitabh Bachan.
the real Amitabh Bachan
Mr Nawaz says that his friends and family had always said to him that he looked similar to Amitabh Bachan. But it was at a charity event that he was first spotted. Mr Nawaz says has been working as a lookalike for nearly two months and has been getting lots of reaction,
"Anywhere I go, people stop to look at me. I was in London last week and a group of girls asked for my autograph. My manager handed over a business card which said I was a lookalike. The girls couldn’t believe it, they were shocked as they thought I was the real thing."
Getting reaction abroad
Mr Nawaz describes an experience that he had whilst he was in Pakistan.
Real or fake - You decide
"I went to Islamabad airport and a lady came to me and said she wanted a picture. After a few moments a huge queue started forming and I was overwhelmed with the response."
Mr Nawaz says that the real life Amitabh Bachan is a hero of his.
Mr Nawaz says that he loves being treated like a celebrity , he is now planning to learn some dance moves so that he can really get into Amitabh’s character. Mr Nawaz currently works for a web based company called bollywoodlookalikes.co.uk. It currently has two top Bollywood actors on its books. Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachan.
BBC WM'S Midlands Masala show is broadcast every Sunday night from 10pm-1am on BBC WM. For more information click here:
last updated: 02/04/2009 at 12:07