We always hear how ‘Nothing is ever enough’ for any human being. The more we have, the more we want. Greed is a constant factor.
I am referring those people who chase their dreams and arrive in Mumbai hoping to be the next Amitabh Bachchan or Shah Rukh Khan.
These stars came from their native places, struggled all the way and made it big in Bollywood. Very few like them have reached the highest height of stardom and have even gone further to be either the world’s richest star or the highest tax payer in the country.
But is what is the ratio of something like that happening to you? Nil?
It’s 0.000001%(One to a 10 million)!
Hope is a dangerous drug.
If any of you are aware of the sheer number of people who audition for lead roles in a Bollywood film, you will be in for a surprise. You can check that.
Also, if you are auditioning for a role in a Bollywood film, I suggest that you pack your breakfast, lunch and dinner and carry it along. You might have to sit there for the whole day.
I am sure there is struggle in every industry or business. But not only is the wait in Bollywood the longest but is also most uncertain. Only a lucky few or the ‘compromising one’ will finally make it.
I have a few friends struggling with small jobs in the industry and those who have been away from their family for almost a decade now. They are still waiting for their dreams to come true.
What is ironic is that their wait is still not over.
One of the important question, that you should ask yourself is: When is enough actually enough?
When does one stop the Bollywood struggle? When does one change the dream?
The shelf life of any actor is less than five years unlike those few superstars, and I can count them on my fingers. The shelf-life of an actress is much shorter.
That is why you find that Bollywood heroes romance heroines half their age.
May be it is time to ask yourself when to quit and do something more fruitful. Something which will not only give you a satisfying experience but also will feed you in future.
A business where you will not be replaced with a younger someone.
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