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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
NT Bureau

Chennai: If you travel by Kallikuppam Road in Ambattur, Chennai, it is not hard to miss the colourful flower pots lined up on side of the stretch. Harish, the person selling the items, has been doing it for the past twelve years.

A native of Bihar, Harish moved to Chennai dreaming to become a movie star.

Speaking to 'News Today', Harish said, "I left my hometown because there was not much employment. I did not want to work in my father's land. After seeing few Tamil movies, I wanted to become an actor in Kollywood, but when I approached my father about the idea, he became furious. So with some cash which I saved, I packed my bags and headed to Chennai."

After arriving in Chennai, Harish was lost, as he did not know who to approach for a movie role. He was aimless and having no place to stay, took shelter at Central Railway Station for a week.

"It was a hasty decision. I was ambitious and young. Only after reaching Chennai did I realise what I had done. The city was huge with people everywhere. I stayed at the train station for a while. One day I bumped into my friend Bhargav from school. He was returning from my hometown. I narrated my entire story. He took me to his house and asked me to stay with him." he said.

Harish knew he cannot live for free, hence took up a job at a local factory in Ambattur Industrial Estate. He wanted to start his own business to earn more money for his acting career.

"I started working in a lathe factory in Ambattur Estate in the locality. That was when I met Shanmugam a potter. He needed a person to sell his products. So I decided on selling flower pots." said Harish.

Harish sells his items at 'affordable price' and earns money for his daily needs. He is planning to return to his home town and narrate his entire adventure to his family.

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