Raees inspires a cobbler to 'worship his work', says he was moved by Shah Rukh Khan's dialogue

FP Staff

Jan,05 2017 17:37:32 IST

The hook lines of several Bollywood masala potboilers go on to get so popular that they often become the reference point of those films. But it is a rare event when a viewer actually imbibes the idea behind the line in his life.

Shah Rukh Khan in Raees. Screenshot from YouTube video

Shah Rukh Khan in a still from Raees. YouTube

A dialogue from Rahul Dholakia's upcoming underworld entertainer Raees, narrated by the lead actor and co-producer Shah Rukh Khan, has touched the life of a Mumbai-based cobbler in a similar manner. The Times of India reports that a cobbler from Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, has placed outside his modest shop, a banner with the dialogue from Raees.

"Koi dhandha chhota nahi hota aur dhandhe se bada koi dharam nahi hota" (No profession is petty in nature and there is not a bigger religion than that of one's profession). This dialogue from Raees speaks volumes of the spirit of several small town dwellers who relocate to metros like Mumbai to earn their daily bread despite their humble backgrounds.

Shyam Bahadur Rohidas is one of them as he takes pride in his profession. The report by the Times of India quotes him as saying, "My father used to work in a factory and was a part time cobbler after his work hours, I came to Mumbai for a job and that is when I learned the craft. I have mastered the skill on my own merit despite being the son of a cobbler."

The Indian Express reports that Rohidas claims to worships his work and is content to be a cobbler even though most of his friends are in the medical and engineering occupations.

Senior actor Shabana Azmi narrated a similar incident while recalling how she became an actor. DNA reports how her father, poet Kaifi Azmi, told her that he would support her even if she plans on becoming a cobbler given her promise that she will become the best cobbler of the world. And the rest is history.

Now that Raees has reiterated the same story, Rohidas' example is sure to inspire many others.

Updated Date: Jan 05, 2017 17:37 PM