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Three Idiots

December 27, 2009 2 comments

After Tare Zameen Par, this is my second post on any movie. I do not say that I am a critic or I write only great movies’ reviews. However, after Tare Zameen Par, this is the first movie, which has instigated me to write. It is surely an extension to Rajkumar Hirani’s Munna Bhai, with an outstanding social message and ridiculing current education system, which engages students into Rat Race defeating the very purpose of education. Hirani has beautifully painted the picture of today’s student who as soon as starts going to school or college, the realm of idea is infused into his mind that he has to score high in examination and beat everyone in the Rat Race. He is demoralized if he does not do well in the exams and from there a series mental torture begins which continues for rest of his student life. He does not get to recover from the stress he faces to excel in the never-ending competition and sometimes takes extreme step to end everything forever.

Movie has traces of Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller, 5 Point Someone, with some exciting tweaks. The book carries its verve and the movie has its own. Amir Khan has done an impeccable job as  RANCHOD DASS CHANCHAD (Rancho, Phunsukh Wangdu) and Madhavan and Sharman Joshi have done their bits brilliantly as well. Kareena Kapoor adds glamour to the movie, but her presence is well felt. After Dr. J C Asthana in Munnabhai MBBS and Lucky Singh in Lage Raho Munna BHai, Boman Irani has carved out the character of Viru Sahastrabudhhe in 3 Idiots marvellously. His dialogue in the very first lecture of the class, “Life ek race hai, agar tez nahi daudogey to koi tumhekuchal kar aagey nikal jaayega”, would have definitely reminded many of us of our class teachers or principals or parents.

This movie is a perfect blend of comedy and satire. One of the lightest moments in the movie was when Virus’ (name given to Boman Irani by Amir Khan) model student, Chatur Ramalingam or Silencer (again the name given to Omi Viadya by Amir Khan), gave a welcome speech in Hindi, which was modified (better word is Adultrated) by Amir Khan. Silencer was poor in Hindi and so he could not understand what he was speaking and at the end, he could only find himself in soup.

I could not find any dull moment in this movie. Rajkumar Hirani surely knows the art of mixing humour with emotions. He has skilfully given lighter shades to the serious moments in the movie, which makes you feel more juvenile and teaches you that whenever you are passing through the tough period of life, just put your hand on your heart and sympathise it by saying, All is Well. I loved the part where Amir explains the reason behind saying All is Well, “Hamara dil bahut darpok hota hai. Jab aisa ho to ussko kaho..Aal Izz Well, chachu. Fikar na kar. Iss tarah problem ko face karne mein aur courage milta hai !! “- THIS WAS AWESOME !!

Movie has everything that is required to make it a big hit. It carries a social message, it makes you to laugh your heart out and yet it makes you cry at places. Music is the other good part of the movie. I just loved the picturisation of Behti Hawa sa tha wo and Give me some sun shine. Zoobi Doobi is also a very nice song. The climax is shot perhaps on the bank of Pangog Lake. I never saw Ladakh looking so picturesque in any Indian movie.

In all, ‘3 Idiots’ is a complete ‘paisa vasool’ film that will keep you engaged until the last hour! Frankly speaking, ‘3 Idiots’ is an out-and-out Amir Khan film as the actor successfully pulls off the college kid with great epitome. To end with an awesome advice given by Amir, ”Kabil Bano, Success jhakk maar kar peechey ayegi !! “


IT Services Providing Companies vs. IT Captive Units

I have just completed 2 years of my work experince in IT industry as Business Analyst. Out of 2 years , I have spent 13 months in Satyam Computers (now Mahindra Satyam) and rest in HSBC Technology Services. Based on my experience, I could easily draw a line of distinction between the way of working of an IT Services Providing Companies and IT Captive Units.

Companies outsource their IT operations/processes to IT services providers and sometimes the same companies establish captives out of a desire to have close control over offshore R&D operations, so you could say that how do they differ in the way they operate. It should be more or less same thing.

But they do differ. You might not completely agree with my views, but then if you have experienced both the environment, you won’t completely deny either.



(IT) Service Providing Companies (IT) Captive Units
1. Billings may be higher for a senior resource than a junior one. 1. Billings are always same for a fresher as well as a 20 years experienced resource.
2. Try to follow 40:60 onsite-offshore model. Prefer to keep resources at onsite as this will generate more revenue. 2. Allow resources to travel overseas in rarest of the rare cases. Mostly their concept is 1 or 2 out of 10 resources should be at onsite.
3. They will focus to grow their business and increase revenue. 3. Their focus will be to keep expense on IT as low as possible.
4. Associates may have opportunities to work in multiple domains. 4. One would have not have multiple options.
5. Would try quality work to be given to senior resources. 5. Senior, junior resources are treated as same in captives (based on my personal experience).
6. These companies would try to sell their associates to their client so as to fetch as many projects as they can. In this process they encourage their resources to upgrade their skills and be more competent. 6. There is no such need when captives would sell their resources as they have a fixed customer. Many a times it seems that they are least bothered about the interest of their resources.
7. Mostly associates work on specific technology or tool and they have a defined domain in which they gain expertise to grow over the period of time. This expertise, associates can carry to next organization whenever they look for a change. 7. In BFSI Captives, they mostly have In-Built systems (as different financial organizations work differently, probably because of that one financial organization’s processes are different from the others), so in many cases for associates like Business Analyst it becomes very difficult to develop a particular domain. When going for a change, it is difficult for next organization to map BAs’ skills with their requirement.



Tare Zameen Par

January 28, 2008 Leave a comment

We still live in the era, where if someone does academically well in the school, almost immediately people assume this bright student will go on to become a doctor or engineer. Often no one asks the child if he wants to become the same. It is generally assumed. It is considered widely that these professions are with the promise of the greatest financial reward. Since the times of our great great grand fathers, we have been solely linking the professional success to academic success. To be successful and rich in future, you have to excel in your school and secure, if possible 100 percentages in exams. This is an undeclared derby in which children are made to participate, without asking their consent, with their parents in riding seat. Parents name this the ambitions of their kids, on the contrary, this is their own educational pursuits and aspirations which they want to attain through their kids’ life. Hence child starts living two lives, one of his own and the other imposed by parents i.e., parent’s life. We forget that the child is bearing the tons of load over his head which is nothing but the strain of our aspirations. Now after this, comes a stage, when child is in a temper when the smallest spark might raise a flame.

Hey..!! Relax… neither I am getting philosophical nor trying to make the ambience heavy. That is something I pondered upon after watching Tare Zameen Par. It’s not a review but a revelation which comes out after watching this movie. This movie dwells particularly on the point that the wishes and interests of kids should always be recognized and respected and should never be suppressed. At times, while watching the movie, I realized that it touched some or the other facets of my life. And I am sure that many of you would have felt the same thing.

Parents have the vantage of wisdom over the children that come with age but sometimes they act very childish. As it has been portrayed in the movie, Ishan’s father could see the symptoms of the problem that Ishan was having but never tried to find out the problem. He tried to remove the symptoms but oversaw to cure the problem first. He was continuously trying to realize his own goal through the life of his both children. He could not read the juvenile mind and curbed Ishan’s tantrums until Ram, Ishan’s art teacher, came and showed him the truth. Ram Shankar has been portrayed as a person who is not just a teacher but knows what makes kids happy and fruitful at times. He makes classroom as a music floor and treats kids as his best friends. Not every time people like Ram come across to help out the kids, for that matter the child is sometimes lost in disdain. With the time passes by people start calling it abnormality in child. They start behaving rudely with the child and the child feels isolated, shattered, depressed and upset. And elders call it they care for child. On this there is a dialogue in TZP by Ram:

” Khayal karte hai aap? Kabhi yeh bola hai…beta tum gir bhi gaye toh kya hua, main hun na tumhe sambhalne ke liye, Achha laga yeh jaan ke khayal karte hai aap” .

It’s a story which makes you think over certain things which you’ve never considered in your life earlier. The movie brings tears to eyes and made you realize what you’ve truly missed while you were a child. You cannot get back those precious days of your life but still can make up for them in the present or future. It’s a general saying that Kids are the best gift that god has given to us and Aamir has proved it rightly. At the end I would like to quote one more dialogue from this movie:

” Har bache ki apni khoobi hoti hai, Har bacha ki apni kabiliyat hoti hai, Har bacha apne anusar bhar uthata hai” .