If you are like me & most other people nowadays, then you go through life rarely thinking about your country & what it means to you. However, there are some days (Example: Independence Day & Republic Day) when you can’t help but feel a sense of immense pride for your country. This feeling is largely triggered by the numerous patriotic movies playing on every channel from morning to night! Switch to any channel & there it is, movies & programs showcasing patriotism & all the things good in our country.
I’m okay with that though, because I feel that most of the Bollywood movies made on patriotism are pretty good. Nauseatingly high on melodrama, but usually good. However, all the country-lovin’ movies seem to be having some underlying common factors that run through them.
Here are the top three things that I have learnt from watching patriotic Bollywood movies:
1. Having Your Back Against The Wall Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing
If you look at each of the movies given in the list below – Lakshya, Mother India, Rang De Basanti… You will see that the protatonists were intensely struggling with a particularly nasty situation. They were oppresed, beaten down, dominated, humiliated, berated & demoralized. Finally, they were taken to a point where they could no longer tolerate the situation they were living in. And this is when they found their calling, their mission in life. They found their inner strength, fought against all odds to overcome their problems & came out victorious.
So if you are going through a difficult time in your life… If someone is bullying you, if your boss is taking advantage of you, if your spouse is ill-treating you, if financial crunch is crushing you… It might not be such a bad thing after all.
Find your inner strength & fight back… I guarantee that you will come out the other side a much stronger & better person.
Let’s look at movies like Chak De, Border & Rang De Basanti – If these characters would have worked on their own, would they have achieved success? The chances are extremely slim. They could overcome their seemingly insurmountable problems only because of their team.
As I write this, I remember a small lesson I learnt when I was very little. Somebody (think it was my mother) gave me a sewing thread & asked me to break it in to half. Happily & easily I broke the thread in half & looked up, my face gleaming with pride for having accomplished the task. My mother then gave me 5-10 more thread pieces as a bunch & asked me to break them together. I tried but I was small & could not do it. It was then that my mother proceeded to explain how one thread was weak but when they all came together they became strong & unbreakable.
It might have been a small exercise back then, but considering I am writing about this incident even after 20-25 years, it looks like this small nugget of wisdom has stayed with me through the years.
Basically, teamwork really does work. It helps you survive, it helps you win & it helps you achieve what you never thought would be possible.
The most important lesson we need to take away from these patriotic movies is that you don’t need to be a big-shot to make a difference.You don’t need to be educated or rich or priviledged a VIP to make a difference. If you have a cause & the will to make a difference, you will succeed.
Look at these people – Bhuvan from Lagaan, who was an uneducated farmer, Kabir Khan from Chak De, who was a disgraced captain of the Indian Hockey Team, Karan Shergill from Lakshya, who was a loser in life before he found his calling. All of them didn’t seem like they could do much, but when the time came, they rose to the challenge & ended up doing something great for the country.
What I’m trying to say is that even in your real life, don’t think about what you are or who you were… think about what you can do & who you can become. It’s really never too late.
You can become successful. You can become aspirational. You can become an example of how to overcome challenges.
So here they were, my top three learnings from Hindi movies dedicated to Bharat Mata… However, before we pack off, let me give you the list of some good patriotic movies (in alphabetical order) that you can watch this Independence Day weekend. Hope you enjoyed this post. Jai Hind! Jai Bharat!
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)
Chak De India (2007)
Mother India (1957)
Purab Aur Paschim (1970)
Rang De Basanti (2006)
Shaheed-E-Azad Bhagat Singh (1974)
The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)