Reel to Real life: Business Lessons from Indian Movies by Dr. Pooja Devija
The first session on 18th July, i.e. Monday, the seventh day of Induction was taken by Dr. Pooja Devija Asst.Prof. Pacific Business School. She took the session on “Find a lesson from Bollywood films” Cinema is not only entertaining but also a shaping tool for you. Cinema’s larger than life portrayal often touches upon real life or includes stories that are directly picked up from the lives of the people. There are tales about human emotions and the life struggles.
Cinema has a great impact on people and the stars are the biggest influences. We try to be like them, look like them and behave like them. We all want our life to be a perfect film story. Cinema plays an important role in our lives, even more than we notice.
Bollywood, the nickname for Hindi film industry, is not just creating films for entertainment with all that masala stuff but depicting the lessons for life. Some of them are great inspiration for the society as well as.
smart managers are always keen to ‘sharpen their saw’. They always remain alert to new ideas from all sides. Movies are no exception. These provide valuable inputs to managers at all levels – from green-behind-the-ear beginners to CEOs and owners.
We go to the movies expecting three hours of entertainment, some singing, dancing, action and comedy. And we come out of theaters feeling mildly satisfied that three hours were well spent in an air conditioned room with some fun.
But, there are a few times we feel a lot more than that. We feel a sense of having witnessed something historical, something that touches a deep chord. This is when we come across movies which leave a greater impact on the society. Some actually manage to change a couple of lives while some help to speed up pending justice, some fill you with emotional turmoil and some give your life a complete new direction. Films are often a reflection of our society but they also hold a mirror to us. It is no wonder then that the good ones go on to show the tragedy and triumph of the human life, thereby influencing all of us in some way.
The students were divided into groups and were allotted a movie. Some handpicked movies were selected which show the tenacity, passion and undying spirit of its characters which all entrepreneurs can relate to. They were asked to present and were evaluated on three criteria, content, team work and presentation.
Here is an update on the key take away lessons from some of the movies
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: This story of the “Flying Sikh”, the world champion and Olympian Milkha Singh inspires to overcome life’s crisis situations and yet come out shinning as a winner.
Guru is the defining Hindi movie ever made on entrepreneurship. It is all about realizing the power of your dream and chasing it till you acquire every bit of it. Gurukant Desai never believed in the word ‘No’. I think when you are an entrepreneur, the word ‘No’ shouldn’t exist for you in reply to the challenges you face Guru teaches that one should be ready to take the risk as there are no ideal conditions. Also, it highlights that in business, personal interest and public interest should go hand in hand
Team building and leadership are the priceless lesson learnt from the movie Lagaan. Bhuvan (Amir Khan) as an awe inspiring and fearless leader stands up against the wrong and challenges British rulers in their own game. His team comprises skilled and unskilled members. Yet he recognizes skills among individuals whether that is the village outcast Kachra, who is a magical spinner, or the talented Goli, the hard hitter, and hones these skills. The movie also teaches do or die sprit and rising up to a challenge.
Another movie, the Shahrukh Khan starrer Chak De India also imparts lessons on team building. It is an entertaining tale of how coach Kabir Khan unites and inspires women hockey players from different states of India to achieve a common goal of winning ‘The World Cup’. Values of discipline, strategizing and planning are worth a note from the movie.
Some of them are great inspiration for the society as well as acts as an unflattering mirror to our ever-changing society.There have been many movies which offer valuable management tips and money lessons to the audiences.
Treasure Hunt - Dr. Dharmesh Motwani and Dr. Kadambari Jain
Treasure Hunt activity was conducted in which student teams had to search a hidden treasure through a series of clues hidden all across the college campus. Motive behind it was to edify students how to improve their observation skills, Improves student’s management skill in the aspects of planning, organizing, controlling and leading, enhances student’s communication skills, self-confidence to be effective managers and lastly to enhance student’s problem solving skills to prepare them to overcome any possible challenges encountered when managing an event.
In the second half of the day, the students were introduced to their mentors who will guide them personally throughout the two years. After this interaction, they were briefed about preparing reports and were asked to prepare a report on their industrial visit to J.K. Lakshmi Cement Ltd. and Modern Insulators.