They say that 'dreams don't work until you do', and some of the most successful people in the world will vouch for it, given their own examples of exemplary hard work they put in their lives. Rapper Raftaar is one such prime example of how success is built with one's own determination.
At a time when the rapping scene in the country was still in the nascent stage and many talented artists were struggling to make it big in the music circle, Raftaar managed to carve his own niche when he joined the 'Mafia Mundeer' gang which was formed by Honey Singh.View this post on Instagram
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He eventually also recorded a few tracks with the Punjabi band RDB until people loved his work, and Dilin Nair (his original name) started out becoming an independent artist after winning an award at the Brit Asia music awards.
Success knocked hard on his door and just like his name Raftaar, he ran towards it. However, it didn't happen to him overnight. Every struggle has a backstory, and Raftaar shared his side of the tale on a podcast he recorded for Neha Dhupia's celebrity talk show, where he explained how it all began.
Turns out, he was a salesman trying to make ends meet and his dad was the one person who pushed him to chase his dreams and make it big in life. “Karna bilkul pehle se tha. Main aapko ekdum spasht batau toh 2006. Maine UCB mein salesman ki job kari thi. Par uss job pe mere papa ne kuch aisa kiya tha jiske wajah se maine kahan bas inhone chooth de diya, mujhe ab ladna hi padega (It all began in 2006. I worked as a salesman in UCN but it was my dad who did something for me which gave me the freedom to fight),” he said.
“Meri salary thi 10,000 rupaye; mere papa ki salary thi 12000 rupaye. Woh usmein se 10,000 rupaye nikalke mere takiye ke niche rakh ke chale gaye ye bolke ki jaane ki zarurat nahi hai, yeh le teri salary.
“Uss din maine decide kar liya tha ki ab itni chuth saamne se unhone de di hai yaar, I don't have excuses to say ki main isliye nahi kar paaya ki mere maa-baap ne sath nahi diya, mujhe bahut roka. Mere maa-baap kehte the ki koi naa tu aazmaale apni kismat. Kuch nahi hua ek dukaan khol lenge, bhuka nahi marega. Matlab, kisi bhi tareeke se you will live. (My salary was Rs 10000 and my dad's salary was Rs 12,000. One day he asked me to stop going to that job, take my salary amount and do what I want. I decided that I could not make any excuses and say that my parents didn't support my dreams. They told me that if nothing worked out, we'll open a shop but you won't die hungry,” he added.View this post on Instagram
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Well, it is true that when everyone stops believing in you, your parents still continue to have your back, no matter what. This story proves that if you continue chasing your dreams and not compromise with your determination, then 'apna time aayega', obviously!