Photo credit: Vinod Chopra Productions.
When I worked in the United States last year, my friend Vamsee and I often used to hangout on the weekends. He would come to my apartment on Friday evening, spend the weekend with me and drive back on Monday morning.
We would buy spicy biryani from a good Indian restaurant. Then we would rent a movie, or go to a theatre to watch a movie for the last show. After watching the movie, we would discuss many ethical topics sometimes until early morning, where we specially used to attack verbally on the ‘system’.
I sometimes wonder whether Rajkumar Hirani overheard our conversation and stole our idea for his movie “3 Idiots”. Well, you know that I am kidding. Many of my friends had recommended me to watch “3 Idiots” movie for a long time. But somehow I missed watching it, until the November of last year. The same goes with my review of this movie. It is probably too late to write a review of the movie at this time, so I would try to keep it brief and to the point.
I like the theme of this movie. I enjoyed how the movie portrayed the educational system in India. It appears to me that there is a standard check-list to be followed, to be recognized as a successful person.
The list goes like this:
- Study hard and attain good grades.
- Get admission into a reputed university.
- Achieve good academic scores, and get selected in a campus interview in order to work for a famous company
- Study abroad and get a good job
- Buy a new home in India or upgrade the older home
- Invest in various business opportunities
This cycle goes on with transferring this check-list into the lives of their children too. This check-list is imprinted on the heart of an average Indian parent. Because parents care for their children, it is understandable how they desire for their children’s welfare and security.
Then, what’s the problem? One of the main problems is that parents desire this check-list to be completed at the risk of their children’s happiness. Parents are more concerned about what ‘others’ think about their family, rather than what is truly good for their children. Because of this, children feel unloved, and they look for approval in other places such as drugs, sex and fake friends. To say the least, even though they are ‘successful’ in the eyes of the world, they feel unsatisfied and meaningless.
The other problem is that people lose their interest to be creative, and eventually behave like robots. They lose confidence and become frightened to try anything new. Their enthusiasm in work is just for the pay-cheque and nothing more.
Perhaps the dangerous problem is that when parents want their children to succeed at the risk of integrity and honesty. This can cause risk to many other lives. For example, a father who is obsessed about his son becoming a Doctor, bribes many higher officials in order to have his dream fulfilled. This can result in the rejection of a well-deserved intelligent candidate. This will also put many innocent patients at risk; for now the job is not only in the hands of an unskilled professional, but also an immoral person.
What is the solution? Watching “3 Idiots” movie? Most of us enjoy such movies comfortably, and that is the end to it. When anyone tries to implement such things in real life, he is considered a crazy person. Having said that, we must agree that many of these movies do not deal with the reality of a practical life.
So I do not think watching “3 Idiots” movie is the solution, though it might be a good thing to start with. What we need is the reality; that living selfishly in this life is not all that counts. When we understand that life on this earth is a temporary journey, and we are on our way to a more exciting and eternal journey along with our fellow human beings, and when we understand that we are committing sin if we are just living for ourselves, we will start seeing the bigger picture. The solution lies in gaining strength to live such a selfless life.
Can we truly gain such strength? It is possible for anyone who is sincerely seeking.