Aamir Khan’s Dangal is getting applauded all over the world but not many know the roller coaster journey of the man who worked on his fantastic physical transformation. His life has been full of struggle but Rakesh Udiyar is content with how life has served him. His is a story of a child labor who is today’s Bollywood’s one of the most sought after gym instructor.
Life was kind to him only for the first five years of his life. His father mysteriously got a paralysis attack and the entire left side of his body stopped working. Whatever little savings the family had started dwindling and there were days when they ate only rice and drank black coffee, and many days they didn’t even get that.
One day, looking at the terrible condition of his family his father managed to get up and cleaned a man’s choked toilet for Rs 30. That day Rakesh and his brother felt the urge to do something to improve the financial condition of their crumbling home. The boys hopped on to Mumbai local train and began selling candies, hair clips and bangles between Ulhasnagar and Dadar. This fetched them Rs 25-30.
For several years the two boys did this alongside their schooling and developed a fighting spirit. But the income was very less to be called anything substantial so Rakesh began working in a dhaba and survived on whatever food the owner provided him. A child labor Rakesh was then recommended by a friend at a gym where he began working as a sweeper.
(Read in next slide/para: How did sweeping floors at gym changed his life)