Meantime, the slums encroach on the doorstep of one of Mumbai’s most wealthy suburbs, Andheri, sometimes referred to as Mumbai’s Beverly Hills. It is where Bollywood’s top actors and producers live, and where we met Johnny Lever, one the country’s most popular comedians, who has acted in more than 300 Bollywood movies.
Lever was born and raised in Dharavi, where as a child he scraped a living for his family by mimicking movie stars. He had no formal education and could not speak proper Hindi (he spoke the street slang of the slums), but his impersonations and song and dance routines eventually drew the attention of the real Bollywood.
"If you have talent, nothing can stop you," he told me. "You can get out of the slums."
Ahire isn’t so sure. "I realized my dream," he told me. "I became a doctor." But for most of those living in Mumbai’s teeming slums getting out of the slums remains just that – a dream. The only key is CAPITALISM, FREE TRADE, EDUCATION, & PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS, the same keys that developed the greatest nation and economy on earth, USA.