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Small town people who made it to the big league

Aug 08, 2007 12:52 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s success saga is nothing short of a fairytale. It is all about a small-town boy striking it rich in a sport where the performer is under constant public gaze. From the dusty playgrounds of Ranchi to Captaincy of Twenty-20 team, Dhoni has come a long way. However, apart from Dhoni fast bowler Munaf Patel who hails from Bahruch in Gujarat and left-arm swing bowler R P Singh from Rae Bareily in Uttar Pradesh have also made a mark for themselves. Together these small town cricketers are inspiring the young and restless brigade who dream big. “We are inspired by Dhoni,” says one of the budding cricketers. But it’s not just cricket. Beauty pageants are also giving wings to the small town people's dreams. Priyanka Chopra is the best example of a girl who spent her childhood in the sleepy town of Bareilly. Priyanka was crowned Miss World 2000, and now rules Bollywood. From Govinda who was known as Virar Ka Chokra (the boy from Virar) to the Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan, the lucrative film industry boasts of not one but many small town exports who have become a rage. The big dreams of small town Indians are fast becoming reality now. Talent hunt shows like Indian Idol and comedy shows provide a platform to small town starry dreamers. Darjeeling's Prashant Tamang, a participant of the third season of Indian Idol is yet another small town wonder who has become the symbol of Gorkha pride. And it's not only the glamour business in which small town dreamers are surging ahead. The topper of this year's Civil Service Exam, M Raju Revu is the son of a farmer in Andhra Pradesh.