It was in a black classy BMW car, in the passenger seat I was travelling in. Wearing stylish shades and a formal suit, I looked more elegant and sophisticated. My rolex watch which is revealing my own reflection with it's glassy surface has perfectly fit to my wrist. I am modish and so does my profession expect from me.
Yes! I am a fashion vogue. I'm a stylist and the most underrated actor for whom the whole industry waits for. This is me now. But years ago I was a different person. As I kept on watching through the window, I saw a play-ground that was empty with the kids alone playing cricket. This place has reminded me of my childhood.
I asked my driver to stop the car right there. Upon my driver's insistence, I wore a mask on my face to hide myself from being identified in the public. Since there was no one else except the kids, I stepped out of my car and walked straight to a place at the corner of the ground to sit,where there was no one around me. I extended my hands all through the bench I sat on and with a totally relaxed attire, I watched the kids.
They were busy playing cricket, except one who stood few feet away. The rest of all the kids were bullying him saying that he is not fit enough to play with them. They commented him on his physical appearance and I nowhere liked it. The kid was chubby but that doesn't mean that he can't play. He might be talented and may do miracles. Listening to such depressing words at such a tender age can cause a great impact. The kid stayed calm not even uttering a single word.
This made me run to my past. I always am interested in this fashion stuff and acting right from the start. I was dark in complexion but that can't suppress my talent. I strongly believed in that. And so I went in search of opportunities to become an actor.
Have you ever see your beautiful face Mr. Abhinav !
Hey handsome! Again for the audition...
Why do you always come here and waste your time?
Industry doesn't need you man!
I was annoyed with these frequent abusing's at every stage of my life. I received strong rejections for my look. They never cared for my skill and what I could do.
The industry always wanted fair-skinned people rather than the talented ones'. Even in my childhood,whenever I uttered that I want to become an actor ,everyone laughed at me. These frequent suppression from my very own people made me even more determined and confident enough.
I tried to sharpen my talent and finally after lot of struggle for years, I succeeded in seeing myself a successful person. I called that kid and asked him to sit beside me and so he did. He looked depressed.
Hey kid! Just listen to me... What do you think success is ?
I know it sounds strange asking this to a kid. But nevertheless, I want to talk to him ,explain him because I see myself in this ten year old kid.
Believe in yourself kid. Don't give up with these bullying's from your peers. People hesitate to accept other's victory. If someone is trying to suppress you, believe me, you are a way close to taste success
Sharpen your talent and you will definitely shine.__Work hard for what you like and it will definitely make you accomplish anything in your life
The kid gave me a smile in return
We spoke for some time and then a strong blow of wind has put the mask off my face. At a quick glance, all the kids ran to me shouting out my name.
ABHINAV SIR ..... ABHINAV SIR
We need your autograph.... AUTOGRAPH Please
The kid to my side was in a hell shock seeing me. This is totally unexpected for them. The kids were all happy seeing me there. I turned to the kid beside me
I was once a kid like you who was bullied for his color. But now, people praise me. They run behind me for my dates. The one's who laughed at me then, might definitely regret now.
Hard work pays off kid.
And I think you got the answer for my question.
He gave me a smile of reassurance and walked away getting rid of all the sorrow he had so far.
Believe in yourself first. Whatever you do, just do it as if nobody else can. Society questions you every time. People around you will always try to pick out the flaws in you.
But, Never Give Up