I want to ask you that how far you can go for your favourite celebs. I don’t know, but a boy named Jameel Shah set foot in Mumbai with hundred rupees with him and the reason was to meet Hindi movie actor and after everything he hoped to end his family’s financial problem.

Jameel become a famous Shoe maker in the glam industry. We all have to accept that fact his 120 square feet factory in the cramped by lanes of Dharavi is perpetually flooded with actors, assistant directors to professional dancers and choreographers.

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Do you remember the thigh high leather boots of Katrina Kaif in Dhoom 3 and also kylie minogue shoes in blue(2009)all were designed by Jameel. He had designed comfortable flexible and chic footwear for several celebrities.

Let me express an article of his timeline. If you what do you think that helps you to get success in your journey? He will astonish you by his answer that my ignorance got me to Mumbai. Let me give you some personal details about Jameel and the background from where he belongs. He was born in Bihar’s Darbhanga district. He is the eldest one of his seven siblings. His parents were farm laborers who walked for almost 12 hours to fund for the family. So why common sense we can easily get that poverty didn’t allow him to get formal schooling and that’s why he joined a local Madrasa.

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According to Jameel “with so many members in the house it was difficult for my parents to arrange two meals a day and the only reasons why he dropped out after class 5 is to earn money. When he was twelve he moved to Delhi along with others migrant workers from his village then he started working in a leather ternary but on those day he could only he could rarely make 500 rupees.

But after a year, he moved to Mumbai for better financial opportunities according to him

His first incentive is to meet Bollywood actors. I was named to think actors take a stroll on roads or shop in markets. I guess this ignorance worked in my favour for it got me to Mumbai”

After that Jamal appoint himself at Dharavi Leather Market which happens to generate livelihood for the majority of the families living there two years later Two years later, his world turned topsy turvy when a co-worker’s brother ran away with his savings worth Rs 25,000 after promising to introduce him to actors in 1998. Jameel chased the thief all the way to Bengaluru only to realise the culprit wasn’t anywhere to be found. He then took up odd jobs like being a driver and a watchman, and slowly started saving money again.

In 2007 decided to return to Mumbai forest leaving he continued his old job at that leather unit as well as perceived his dancing dream and joined Bollywood choreographer Sandip Soparrkar’s dance classes.

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But here the most interesting part comes Jameel hadn’t pay the dance classes fees due to his financial condition. But Sandeep notice that jameel had keen interest in dance so his all fees were waived but still he had to have a pair of dance shoes which costs more or less like 10000 rupees and imported from London.

He makes a pair of shoes for himself though it was nowhere close to imported once. But stills the incident gave birth to his shoe venture. In his words “i saw a demand for such shoes but i wanted to provide them at affordable rates.

Jameel probably foreseen his destiny and started to study about shoes for throughout 5 years and made innumerable samples, after his works of hours. Then for betterment he interacts with professionals shoe maker, dancer and manufacturer of raw material is like leathers to understand the nuances of shoe making.

Dancing shoes should absorb sweat and must be flexible enough to accommodate complicated moves while also providing a good grip. I made a breakthrough in 2005 when Sandip sir’s students purchased shoes from me. Their encouraging feedback and sir’s valuable guidance pushed me to take a business loan and start ‘Shah Shoes’,” shares Jameel.

After that time period he starts to being famous… nowadays he scaled his manufacturing and today he makes shoes for all types of dances like belly dancing, jazz, salsa, Latin dancing, flamingo and tap dancing. Every month, the production touches 200 shoes, most of which are supplied to dancers and reality shows. The price range starts from Rs 2,000.

Now you can think certain resemble fulfilled his all-purpose acidity he did fulfill all his purpose but what about games from childhood Jameel watching his parents toil under the sun as farm labourers for years, Jameel always dreamt of purchasing farmland for his parents. So it’s not surprising that the first thing he did after saving enough was to fulfil his dream.

“I remember we were searching for a fertile plot for days and when we finally booked it, I had tears of joy. I have also purchased my own house in this dreamy city,” says Jameel

Jameel had his fair share of challenges — from competitors stealing his business, to delayed payments and last minute order cancellations. He says it is his honesty and the desire to make the best shoes that keeps him going.

“Don’t be afraid to enter India’s vast pool of opportunities. You may not have a safety net but your resilience and creativity will help you survive,” he quoted

Aditya Santra
" Came to inundate this world of dichotomy with words of adherence where limitation knows no deterrent "

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