Thursday, September 22, 2005

Democratization of supari

The case of Preeti Jain giving a supari to Arun Gawli to bump off Madhur Bhandarkar has some startling facts. The first thing is that the supari was only Rs.50000. I believe Madhur would have been quite dejected to know his 'market value'. In fact , the latest bragging rights in the film industry is now 'bhala iski supari mere supari se jyada kaise'. The other key thing is that if the rate card of the underworld is properly analyzed and extrapolated, the supari for an ordinary person in Mumbai would be around Rs.15-20000. The influx of cheap immigrants into Mumbai has continuously decreased operating costs of gangsters. At this rate, the target market (no pun intended) of Indians who could use supari as a service to settle scores with bosses, neighbours, house-maids and what not is actually close to 10 mn as per latest NCAER data assuming that people can spend 5% of their annual income on a supari if the need is really huge. I just hope this need is not converted into demand., or else dhanda will get even more ganda.

5 Comments:

At 1:12 AM, Blogger Bart said...

Look at it from the supari's point of view. For him, an ordinary person phineesh is like a offshore job (low billing) and 'special' person khallas is like onsite job... Also, if we assume that a supari, on an average, targets atleast two persons per month, he (she?) earns around 30k... Not bad eh...

 
At 3:50 AM, Blogger Neelakantan said...

Supari is now a tradeable commodity as shown by this episode. The gangsta (AG) as the market maker, a buyer (PJ) and a seller (MB).

 
At 9:45 AM, Blogger Parth said...

But the supari-walla would have become a celebrity-shooter. Would have taken his stock up! Tough luck for him, I guess :-)

 
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At 10:39 PM, Blogger Shivaji said...

How about options, futures and derivatives on suparis. Even mutual funds, hedge funds etc into what has always been a private equity business, will make things less volatile.

 

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