Dreams die fast for India’s poor.
Shafiq Syed, who played Krishna, the adorable chaipau kid in Mira Nair’s 1988 film Salaam Bombay, is now a grownup driving an auto-rickshaw in Bangalore.
But after the media attention wanes and the Slumdog Millionaire buzz fades as it inevitably will, will these kids also fade into obscurity like Shafiq Syed.
Ten years from now, will this blog do a post on Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail (who played the young Salim in Slumdog Millionaire) pulling a cycle-rickshaw in the narrow alleys of Patna or Chennai?
Since it’s Incredible India, anything’s possible.
We are not the betting kind but if we were, we’d wager that Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail a.k.a. Salim will slip into obscurity sooner than you can say Jack Rabbit.