With an uncountable number of big screen entertainers from Bollywood, as well as Hollywood made and released every Friday, here are some that can prove to be a beneficiary for students.
Life of Pi
Pi’s magical journey on a lifeboat with a Royal Bengal Tiger for company, is a celluloid material about discovering himself, faith and God. The film says if you believe in everything around you, you can end up believing in anything at all. The idea is to stay focused, choose your mentors and guides wisely, is something the film offers to keep in mind. It is difficult to follow different parts at the same time as they are conflicting in nature. Having a plan and a focused goal is essential; as it helps you lead a better life. The movie adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel of the same name teaches to learn to co-exist and not give up.
Kung Fu Panda
Big, little clumsy, highly enthusiastic, Po is the biggest fan of Kung Fu, of a family owing a noodle shop. In awe of fulfilling an ancient prophecy, his dreams turn into reality. He studies Kung Fu around his idols. He puts all his heart and girth into it and proves that his greatest weakness turns out to be his greatest strength. He shows the world that nobody is ordinary. It is just a matter of how you explore your talents. A 2008 American computer-animated martial arts comedy, teaches some indulging lessons to the public. The power within one’s own self which we tend to seek outside. Living in present and being focused to stand for your dream is what is portrayed by Po’s character. One should keep role models as milestones and overcome them. Also, one more lesson that we learn is to never disguise anybody of their appearance.
A 2013 Hindi drama film directed by Sonam Nair and produced by Karan Johar is a story of an overweight, average backbencher student named Gurpreet Kaur aka Gippi. She was no good in studies or even sports, for that matter any extracurricular activities. She takes up the challenge of contesting for the school head-girl position, against the meritorious class topper. It is a funny yet inspiring movie about the rise of an underdog, teaching us to be your own self and not trying too hard to be like someone else.
The Karate Kid
“Life will knock you down; you can choose whether to get back up.”
The Karate Kid is, a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film, directed by John G. Avildsen. The protagonist Daniel is struggling to deal with bewildering new circumstances, multiple challenges of falling in love, support of a wise mentor (Mr. Miyagi), overcoming fear, facing hate and violence. The movie explores deeper issues that everyone deals in daily life and can relate to. It enlightens us with an encouraging idea of having a balance in life; To take a stand and choose whether to do or not. No “TRY”.
Life is no doubt a teacher, each passing day we learn from it.
One of the India’s most business making coming-of-age comedy drama film, directed by Rajkumar Hirani in 2009. This big screen blockbuster is a mind-turning story, about life of 3 Indian engineers in one of the best engineering colleges of India. As per the current education system of India, every student is busy cramming and memorizing answers to exams, while the protagonist Rancho, believe in practical fun learning, rather memorizing. Never conform to norms; there are better rules than norms. The movie loosely adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s novel ‘Five Point Someone’ encourages its viewers to stop living a life of someone else. Now it’s your turn. Live a life that you want!
Received The Best Picture – Drama at The Golden Globe Awards, released in 2008, directed by Danny Boyle.
It is a story of an orphan from slums of Mumbai, India, about to win 20 million on India’s “Who wants to be A Millionaire?” The question pops up, how does a ‘Slumdog’ makes so far on a game show? Cheating? Genius? Destiny? The answer to it has been provided through flashbacks, and memories of a painful journey. A must watch, the movie visualizes the slum life, and says that every experience, good or bad, contributes to who we are and what we know. Fight for things we care about and quit complaining. Having faith in people can pay off well in life. Also, being a truthful person, as the protagonist 18-year old Jamal Maliki was, can make you a hero.
Rang De Basanti
Overtly political and has a message that can easily be mistaken by its viewers. 2006 Indian drama film, written and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a tale about five heroes, all representatives of carefree generation, with a main preoccupation to find means to get away from growing economic troubles of India. It tells the youth to stop being onlookers to crime and stand up for what they believe in. It is not enough to be indifferent to what is going around us. Rather, it is important to stand up, be courageous, participate actively and bring about a change.
Perks of Being A Wallflower
A funny and touching story based on the beloved bestselling novel by Stephen Chbosky, is a modern classic about a introvert freshman, who is taken under the wings of two seniors and welcome him into the real world. One thing this film has taught is ‘to participate’ but, being complacent within our shell is something we can all relate to! Feeling infinite and to bring about simple changes can alter your reality, be it friendships, relationships, career or you yourself. One cannot stay on the sidelines forever. It teaches us that you cannot change the past, but you can definitely choose where to go from there. Care about others but live with yourself. And, it is okay to be emotional.
Swades, We the People is an Indian film produced and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, released in 2004. Starring Shahrukh Khan as the lead, the movie evokes the passions of nationalism, and the feeling of oneness among the people of the country.
“To endeavour to understand the India of today would be the task of a brave man. To describe tomorrow’s India would verge on madness”
– Pt. J. L Nehru
The movie urges the people to focus and to believe in the idea that people are your power. One should en-cash on opportunities to best exploit them.
The Godfather Trilogy
It is a film series consisting of three crime films based upon a novel of same name by Mario Puzo. Classic movies all stood the test of time, entertaining gangster saga but also about power, family and capitalism.
The movies are of much substance to its viewers. It teaches some important life lessons. It clarifies that it is OK to say no. One should not make promises one cannot keep. You should not involve yourself in other people’s personal lives. Gossiping and giving advice is always frowned upon. The movie shows that family is the most important thing in life. Blood is thicker than water. To not act on emotions; Emotional outbursts lead to a downfall. The classic series teaches to keep friends close and enemies even closer. Establish friendships out of respect, business and trust!
So, this is a compilation of ten best Bollywood and Hollywood films that will improve the mindset of students and can benefit them in one way or the other.