Dangal – The Movie

I’m not that kind of a person who sits and writes a movie review on the night of seeing the movie. Usually I come home mull over it for a couple of days, think ponder and wonder and the three verbs repeat a half a dozen more times and then forget about the review. However there is this movie – Dangal; there is something about this movie; something that is so close to reality, the elegance and the cinematography. When it comes to Indian cinema, it is usually high on drama, the good and the bad kind. Dangal craves its story on emotions yet not making it dragging, subtly hooks the audience into the screenplay. As we move through the story, we will realise the initial references are well connected.

As Malcolm Gladwell rightly puts across, extraordinary people do not just fall from trees but are nurtured, cared and are in the right place in the right time. This story about Geeta Babita and their father Mahavir shows the sacrifices of a champion, the 10,000 hours invested to become an extraordinary person. The pleasure and pain of choices kick-starts the movie. The thoughts of the little kids that gets molded and focused with a brush of reality brings in the crucial plot twist. The struggles and the sacrifices that the family undergoes; the support extended before one becomes famous; the funds and the alternatives undertaken gives in to the old adage ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’.

Two aspects that forms the base of this story – woman empowerment and sports in India. Well where do I start, sports in India requires an attention that would be given to a burning house in the midst of a hay field. Enough said with that, despite there being no coach in real lives of Geeta and Babita as shown in the movie, there are people in the system who ruins it to the very core. Rotten. It starts right from the district level and travels all the way in. We need to start recognising talent, keep political motives and personal gains away and just look at talent. In the life history of every other Indian sportsman there would be a mention of these kinds of people.

As for woman empowerment, there is no greater joy than seeing the thrust given to these girls, some places little too much, but nevertheless worth every bit of the time spent. The motivation to look woman beyond someone creating a progeny. This might not be that effective to see when one is used to living in city, but imagine, these girls were born in a village that too Harayana, a place famous for many things including female foeticide. When the little girl getting married at such a young age, imagine the burden that is kept on her shoulders, the fears and the reality – it’s not a rosy picture. To stand out from that crowd, not succumbing to the critics and the norms of the society gives us life goals.

It is not a review, but just the onslaught of oodles of thoughts running amok in my head. It is a must watch, Dangal, in every sense of it!

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Re-defining moments – Life of Pi


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I saw Life of Pi very recently; a wonderful and thought-provoking story. It spoke about a lot of things which I consider as important for living. To begin with it spoke about how unpredictable our lives could be. As Pi and his family set sail in the ocean, none of them knew what is to befall them. It showed how everything could change within moments. Each time when one beckons greatness and pride because of materialistic pleasures, they do not realize that everything could change that too at a wink of an eyelid. Adaptability and showing care despite threat of existence was novel. The very fact that, Pi refuses to kill Richard Parker (the tiger), saves him when Richard Parker jumps into the sea and cries over a dead fish shows character in spite of dangers that befell him.

What caught me by surprise was that, even when Pi was undergoing lot of hardships he had faith, and a thought to acknowledge the presence of God. He said “God was obvious to my suffering yet he was watching and gave me hints at the right moment to continue the journey“. Usually many do not recognize what they have nor do they learn the lessons from hardships, which make them stronger than before.

Taking a moment to say goodbye, to accept and let go of things, it was so touché. I was awe-struck, because that moment I realized how important gratitude was; how important was a gesture like ‘thank you’ was. I hit me hard because I did miss a few people without telling them how much they made me life easier and how dear they were. But at that instant I resolved to never repeat it and tell people as the moment passes by. It was yet another defining moment in my life. I also understood that not everyone and everything whom I meet stay with me, they leave, as silently as they came, yet the footprints they leave are the most beautiful ones.
‘In the end – the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.’