Life Lessons from Bollywood (Lessons 1-4)

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These slides describe life lessons that can be gleaned from Bollywood movies. …

These slides describe life lessons that can be gleaned from Bollywood movies.
For the uninitiated, Bollywood = Bombay + Hollywood It refers to the Hindi language movie industry, based out of Mumbai, formerly Bombay. The author's basic premise is that Bollywood movies ALSO help educate the Indian masses.

Along with entertainment, they have made many important life lessons accessible to the common man.

These slides review four life lessons:
“Aal Eez Well” (Everything Will Be Just Fine)
“Kal Ho Naa Ho” (Live In The Present)
“Tumhara Naam Kya Hai Basanti?” (Talk Less)
“Mein Aaj Bhi Pheke Hue Paise Nahin Uthata” (Self Respect Matters)

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  • Nice thought! Messages from movies go deeper.., Mother India, Son of India, Do bhiga zameen, Jaagte Raho, Kitna Badal Gaya hai Insaan, Teri ye Zameen Tere Asmaan, they also gave us some of our morning prayers - Guddi, Teri Ek bund ke pyase hum, ... though probably not popular but if bollywood were to serve the cause of education a collection of such classics would be splendid.
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  • 1. “All Is Well” Life Lessons from BOLLYWOOD Lessons 1-4 Prof. Sameer Mathur, Ph.D.
  • 2. Life Lessons 1-4 “Aal Eez Well” (Everything Will Be Just Fine) “Kal Ho Naa Ho” (Live In The Present) “Tumhara Naam Kya Hai Basanti?” (Talk Less) “Mein Aaj Bhi Pheke Hue Paise Nahin Uthata” (Self Respect Matters) Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 3. Sameer Mathur BuddingMarkets.com Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow Marketing Professor 2013 – Marketing Professor 2009 – 2013 Ph.D. and M.S. (Marketing) 2003 – 2009
  • 4. 4 Bollywood? Bollywood = Bombay + Hollywood It refers to the Hindi language movie industry, based out of Mumbai, formerly Bombay. Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 5. 5 The Idea Bollywood movies ALSO help educate the Indian masses. Along with entertainment, they have made many important life lessons accessible to the common man. Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 6. “Aal Eez Well” 3 IDIOTS (2009) “Aal Eez Well” = “All Is Well” Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 7. 7 “Aal Eez Well”
  • 8. 8 “Aal Eez Well” LESSON 1: When life appears to go out of hand and stress levels rise, the trick is to tell yourself that all is well and indeed, things will work out. During an insightful interaction in the movie, Sharman Joshi asks Aamir Khan how can simply saying “Aal Eez Well” solve your problem? Aamir Khan’s response is that obviously saying this will not solve your problem, but saying this will help you relax your mind, focus on the challenge at hand and come up with the best way to deal with the challenge. Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 9. “Kal Ho Naa Ho” KAL HO NAA HO (2003) “Kal Ho Naa Ho” = “Who know if there will be a tomorrow” Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 10. 10 “Kal Ho Naa Ho”
  • 11. 11 “Kal Ho Naa Ho” LESSON 2: Today matters. Live in the present. Make the most of today. Who knows whether there will be a tomorrow? In the movie, the protagonist played by actor Shah Rukh Khan, dying of cancer, teaches his friends this lesson. The complete dialogue full of inspiration is “Jiyo, Khush Raho, Muskurao! Kya pata, Kal Ho Naa Ho!” Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 12. Tumhara Naam Kya Hai Basanti? SHOLAY (1975) “Tumhara Naam Kya Hai Basanti?” = What Is Your Name, Basanti? Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 13. Tumhara Naam Kya Hai Basanti? 13
  • 14. Tumhara Naam Kya Hai Basanti? 14 BACKGROUND Jai and Veeru arrive at Ramgarh station. With no public transport available, they hire a local girl driving a horse-pulled cart to take them to the village. Basanti is a talkative girl. She proceeds to narrate her life story in the third person, the story of Basanti (herself), Dhanno (her horse), mausi (her aunt), Ramgarh (her village). While Veeru flirts with her, Jai stuffs straw in his ears in a futile bid to drown her voice. After enduring Basanti’s monologue all the way to the village, having heard her repeat her name many times, Jai sarcastically asks Basanti what her name is. Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 15. Tumhara Naam Kya Hai Basanti? LESSON 3: Talking too much, too soon and with too much self-satisfaction puts you on a path to disaster. Avoid saying obvious things. They drown out the non-obvious, meaningful thoughts you express. Great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words. Similarly, lesser minds have the talent of talking much, yet saying little. 15 Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 16. “Pheke Hue Paise” DEEWAAR (1975) “Main Aaj Bhi Pheke Huey Paise Nahin Uthata” = I do not accept money thrown at me, even today. Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 17. 17 “Pheke Hue Paise”
  • 18. 18 “Pheke Hue Paise” LESSON 4: Self respect is more important than mere money. An individual’s integrity and strength of character is reflected in his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect. Self-respect knows no considerations. If you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 19. Life Lessons 1-4 “Aal Eez Well” (Everything Will Be Just Fine) “Kal Ho Naa Ho” (Live In The Present) “Tumhara Naam Kya Hai Basanti?” (Talk Less) “Mein Aaj Bhi Pheke Hue Paise Nahin Uthata” (Self Respect Matters) Sameer Mathur, Ph.D. www.BuddingMarkets.com
  • 20. Over 1 Million views from more than 100 countries Prof. Sameer Mathur Top 1% most viewed Over 250 presentations on Marketing www.BuddingMarkets.com