If you thought it was only film stars and models who have cast a spell on Indian youth, you’re mistaken. There’s a growing following for other successful individuals who have made a name for themselves through sheer talent, hard work, and grit.
Rahul Atrishi, who develops creative concepts for a television house feels that, “Earlier, celebrities were considered ideal human beings and placed on a pedestal, however today they are considered normal human beings. To me, a true celebrity is one who has emerged successful against odds, I regard filmmaker, Nagesh Kukunoor, as one. He made the film Hyderabad Blues despite lack of support from the industry by pooling together his personal funds and funds from his friends. He has no godfather to speak of, yet he managed to succeed. I also admire Lance Armstrong, the cycling world champion who contracted cancer just before winning and went through a bad patch as sponsors withdrew. However, he battled the disease and went on to become a world champion seven times.”