‘Kamlesh Is Now 18 Yrs Old’, Director Of Kamlesh’s Original Documentary Speaks Up

The internet is an untamed force that yields as much as it destroys.

A few weeks ago, memes on a drug addict child from Delhi, started surfacing the internet. The memes grew in number as the number of people objecting to the memes also increased.

The memes were taken out of context from a documentary shot by Dheeraj Sharma named Nashebaaz – The Dying People of Delhi.

Dheeraj Sharma had earlier expressed his discontent on the tasteless memes doing the rounds of the internet.

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“BEING A DIRECTOR AND BEING A SOCIAL WORKER, IT IS VERY DISHEARTENING TO SEE SUCH MEMES. IT WAS ALSO VERY SHOCKING THAT OUR SOCIETY HAS BECOME SO INSENSITIVE THAT IT IS MAKING FUN OF A 13-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO, DUE TO SOME UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES, HAS BECOME A PREY OF DRUG ABUSE AND IS HOMELESS AND LEADS A PITIFUL LIFE.”

Documentary filmmaker Dheeraj Sharma had quoted earlier in a Youtube video.

However, the unthinkable happened last night when the video of a kid claiming to be Kamlesh emerged on the internet. The child was seen in a school uniform and spoke of being  student now as opposed to taking ‘solution’.

Here’s the video:

The video kickstarted a storm of discussion on the internet with some people believing that the child is indeed Kamlesh, while others disapproving of the kid to be Kamlesh.

Confusion and uncertainty prevailed social media swallowed the latest video.

We, too, fell prey to the uncertainties and received numerous comments on our article saying how the kid in the recent video is not Kamlesh:


Thus, we contacted Dheeraj Sharma, the director of the documentary “Nashebaaz: The Dying People Of Delhi”

Speaking to DailySocial, Dheeraj said:

“This new video is an absolute fake. First they spread insensitive memes on Kamlesh and now they’re spreading the video of another child under Kamlesh’s name. I shot the documentary 6 years ago. Kamlesh is now 18-years-old.”

On being asked about the whereabouts of Kamlesh, Dheeraj Sharma said

“I have all the information about Kamlesh’s whereabouts but due to legal constraints, I am not at the liberty to share them with anyone.”

We hope this clarifies the air and that any misinformation in the name of Kamlesh would now be put to rest. There are 70,000 addicts on the streets of Delhi. The idea of internet memes helping one of them to reform their life is, probably, too good to be true.

We hope Kamlesh and others like him find the strength and sources to get back on their feet. It can’t be possible without our support. So, the next time you see a child on the streets that needs help, please contact the Child Support Helpline at: 1 (800) 840-8757.

May the Kamleshs of the world soon find their ground.

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Yash Kasotia

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