In a strange turn of events, film industry's prodigal son Salman Khan, during the shooting of Bajrangi Bhaijaan in the Kashmir valley had adopted the impoverished family of Zaina Begum, after she reached out to him seeking his help.
Bhai had offered a helping hand to the 75-year-old matriarch in Kashmir, her 40-year-old daughter Dilshada Jaan and four grandchildren. He'd put Zaina Begum's eldest grandson, 18-year-old Gowhar Ahmad Bhat to work on the set and promised her a new house and life for her grandsons in Mumbai, according to a report in mumbaimirror.com.
But surprisingly, the old lady claims that Salman mat have forgotten his promise! "He left us after promising much. The new house is incomplete. I've tried to call his bodyguard, Shera, several times. He never answers and sometimes his phone is out of reach. Before the release of the film, they would call us, but now they have stopped taking our calls. I've left my studies and I'm looking for odd jobs to support my family, still hoping that Salman Khan will keep his promise to us," a distressed 18-year old Gowhar said in the report.
However, a source close to Salman says, "We got work for the old lady's grandson in the art department of Bajrangi Bhaijaan while we were shooting in Kashmir. He is the only male child in the family and needs a job in the vicinity. We have requested few people for a job for him in the Valley."
A dejected Zainab begum says, "Today, when I go for begging during festivals, people call me Salman Khan's mother and tell me to go to him for help. He had promised financial help for my two granddaughters, it's not come through. Our house is still incomplete. We had nothing, even on Eid. I've lost hope. Had I know he was like this, I wouldn't have gone to him for help."
With pending bills amounting to Rs2.61 lakhs, local contractor Nadir too cannot proceed with the work, "I keep calling Salman's people, they tell me that they are travelling and promise to settle the bill soon, I've been doing what they told me to without any thought of profit," he says.
Speaking up for the actor, a source close to him says,"It's a decent size house and cannot be made overnight. Check out the image of the old house which was in a dilapidated condition and compare it with the images of the new house which is being constructed. Work is still in progress and the house should be completed in a month's time. This is the update we have received from the local overseeing the job for us. Aasif from Pine n Peak Hotel is monitoring the construction and making payments to the vendors which are being reimbursed by Salman. Once the house is ready, we will send you pictures of it and you will see for yourself that Salman kept his promise."