Salman Khan in Shram Vihar?
Salman Khan in Shram Vihar?
Suraiya Abu
B.A English Hons, Delhi University

Fourteen-year old Rubeena 'lives' in Shram Vihar slum, washes dishes, sweeps, prepares, cleans the floors, and dreams to meet salman khan to get clicked with him. Okay, she knows counting up to 30, when all she has known and seen is the few square feets in her so-called shelter. Fourteen years old and mother is already pinning her for marriage, not surprisingly. Surprisingly though, when our interaction went about for a bit long, she started to open up about the domestic abuse and such. Male violences that had to be endured, perhaps by the very ones living under the same roof, mostly out of the alcohol and tobacco hangover was not something we expected this young girl would talk about. Source of daily income, availed out of selling balloons and toys are doubtless so meagre, with which they can only manage to bear merely two meals a day and obviously the prime reason behind why they cant acquire to learn any skill, which otherwise would have been helped in facilitating economic empowerment at a micro scale. Even though confined within the peripheries of household chores and constantly being coerced with the daily male abuse, nothing can prevent her from sneaking into the nearby shop just to see movie flashes in the TV installed there. Those are the bare moments where girls like Rubeena, 'living' in shanty slums get catch of brief glimpses into the world outside them and where the dreams like meeting Salman Khan originate from. A micro version of how dreams filtrate through the dusty layers of slums, into the hearts of these young girls desperate for exposure to really 'lead' a life.