light was covered in the 4th episode of HRX Heroes with HrithikRoshan.
episode onwards, I am not going to review this show, but my effort would be to
share the story. There won’t be any rating for further episodes at the end of the
write-ups. I was feeling very uncomfortable rating the episodes and I also felt
how I can review such shows where heroes of life are themselves presenting
their stories. No review or no rating would be sufficient to express that how
much the heroes suffered in their lives and then rose against all odds to be
super-achievers. And I am sure Discovery Channel would appreciate my stand. So,
here goes the story of Shekar Naik.
formula for success, there is only one, which is hard work. Shekar
represents this statement. He had no support system, had darkness all around,
and what he has achieved today is due to his hard work.
was blind from his birth onwards. Rather he belonged to a family where his
mother Suniana, and many of his cousins were blind. It was some genetic
problem. Shekar did not know that there is any world different than his world
of darkness. He could never form any picture of the external world. His mother
always used to inspire him through her words.
taken to the hospital in Bangalore. The doctor said that his retina was fine and
there was hope that operation could give him partial vision.
when he opened his eyes after operation to find his mother standing in front of
him. Initially he could not recognize his mother. Shekar got his partial vision
three months, he lost his father, who was having cancer. The only earning
member of the family was no more. The world became more dark for Shekar and his
mother. It was difficult for them to survive. They had to fight hunger.
Karnatala Blind School. The idea behind his admission was that atleast Shekar
should get his food and survive. Ill-fate continued, Shekar lost his mother
nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. That is the stage Shekar was
He started taking coaching in school with the help of his PT teacher Mr. Suresh.
He was selected in school team, later state team and then national team. His
belief was strengthened that he would be able to fulfill his as well as his mother’s
dream that he should be doing something in life.
cricket. To survive, he also used to do all kinds of jobs viz. housekeeping, washing
utensils, gardening etc. He worked hard for more than 8 years.
special for him, he scored 198 runs, his highest international score.
Team and fetched India two World Cups.
them fulfill their dreams.
will to win that matters, it is the will to prepare to win that matters”.
Naik), Vijay Saini (Shekar’s father), Chandrakala Satam (Shekar’s mother),
Rahil (Young Shekar – 8 years), Yash Chavan (Young Shekar – 18 years), Rajesh
Kumar (Neighbour), Saurabh Sharma (Doctor), Sangeeta Srivastava (Masi), Ranjeet
Kumar (PT Teacher Suresh Sir)
(Young Shekar – 8 years), Yash Chavan (Young Shekar – 18 years), or Krishna
Mishra (Shekar Naik), all could add lot of value through their acting. Rather,
the cast absolutely fit the requirements.
words of wisdom and makes us think that if the heroes can, we can too…
he chose to live a life, which is a real inspiration and motivation to many.
Rather than cribbing about what he doesn’t have, lamenting over his pain, he
chose to grow beyond his struggles to fight and emerge victorious. Captain of
Indian Blind Cricket Team since 2010. Indeed an incredible journey from
darkness to light. Please join with me to salute this HRX Hero: Shekar Naik.
November, 2015 at Discovery Channel, 8PM.