The quest of knowledge should be more than just books and schools. Cinema has become an integral part of lour lives and has shaped public opinion on many subjects. Cinema has an instant, powerful and long – lasting impact over human mind. Apart from sheer entertainment some movies convey social messages which are in the interest of the people. Of late, a few movies like Lagaan, Chak De and Lage Raho Munnabhai also find place in the management books, which have given a new dimension to Indian cinema.
2.0 INSIGHT INTO THE MOVIE
Many films that convey social messages are dismissed as critically acclaimed films, but Lagaan has stood out because of many factors. The movie is about Bhuvan and his team, who against all odds, fought for pride, land and country and emerged as the winners. It emphasises on how a single person with passion can make a difference. The main lead – Aamir Khan is a well known and commercially successful actor, having a great fan following. The movie is set in the village of Chamapaner, which connects with every Indian, as most of them have their roots in some village of India. It also focuses on the unchanged reality of India – the wait for rains every year. Finally, one of its main strengths lays with the sport that matters the most in India i.e. cricket.
Lagaan teaches lessons that reflect the competencies that Indians need the most. It pioneers in building a useful and effective medium to communicate relevant lessons in management and everyday living. Some lessons I learnt are elaborated below.
3.0 LESSONS TO LEARN
For any commercial start up, it requires a vision and the determination to translate it into reality. This can be seen from Bhuvan’s character who is risk taking, responsible, confident and encouraging. Taking risks is an attribute that every entrepreneur must possess. Without his vision, the villagers would have never stood against the British.