In a fascinating social experiment undertaken by YouTubers IndiViral, a man dressed up as a beggar for 1 hour to calculate how much beggars make. The volunteer was dressed in torn clothes, made up to look shabby (including a sprinkle of authentic dirt in the hair), fitted with a hidden camera and made to walk the streets begging.
Interestingly, the ‘beggar-boy’ earned Rs 200 in just 1 hour; so a rough calculation of 5 hours of work would produce Rs 1,000, which amounts to a sizeable Rs 30,000 a month — much to the amusement of the beggar-boy actor, who claimed to earn just half the sum from his job at a BPO.
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Though, as fantastical as this simple math social experiment seems (yes, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal does give an idea of the nexus that comes into play; or the legacy left by old beggar woman in Kamal Hassan’s Pushpak may corroborate), but to conclude that a beggar earns Rs 30,000 a month might be going a bit too far.