Monday, January 18, 2010

Spiritual Fitness


Looking back into the history of the entire mankind, we can easily infer that the only civilization which is responsible for creation of ugliness to an extremely unfathomable extent is ours. Riots, Bomb Blasts, Gun firings, rapes, murders etc are common occurrences today. Jealousy, greed and ignominy have become human nature. The multiplication of such events, only means one thing and that is the human nature will not change, so it was, so it is and so it shall be. Seldom has any other civilization created such chaos. The need of the hour is Spiritual Fitness; the word conjures up an idea of some super human accomplishment which is not the case.

Being a Karate student actually helps in understanding this concept. What Japanese call “Zen” is “Dhyan” in Sanskrit. Bodhidharma, an Indian who is traditionally credited to transmit Zen to China, discovered that the monks engrossed in deep meditation were not physically strong to withstand its severities. And since he was equipped with the knowledge of theories and concepts of martial arts, he became their teacher. He knew it was all about strengthening one’s mind and to have such a strong mind, one should have a strong body and thus be spiritually fit. Martial artists believe that attaining the Kuro Obi or black belt is not the end of the journey but only a start, and a contributing factor which establishes a fact that you are ready for the spiritual quest.

The solution to the problems we face today lies in strengthening the body and then the mind. Bruce Lee’s quest to be the greatest martial artist of all time could be understood only if you too want to be physically and spiritually best like him. Unfortunately there are not many who would be interested!!!
3 Idiots – Film Review
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3 Idiots is a must watch film because it carries a message for everyone and touches the problems our education system is facing today. The elegance personified director Rajkumar Hirani like his previous movies like the Munnabhai series and the perfectionist Amir like his movie Taare Zameen Par once again successfully delivers a strong but simple message. The film tells you that education is not about getting good marks and achieving success but it is all about craving for excellence. And it is important to be passionate about whatever you choose to do in life. These are simple, philosophical thoughts everyone is aware of, but they are remarkably depicted in the film. I, too like everyone else came out of the theatre with just one line on my lips “Bhaiya, All is well”.

The story begins with Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan) and Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) looking for their friend Rancho (Amir Khan) who goes missing after graduation. It has been years since they have met Rancho and the story unfolds in flash back with both the friends thinking about Rancho. The trio meets at the country’s number one engineering college and become great buddies. They meet Rancho who is their roommate and discover his unique and inquisitive nature when he starts questioning his professors for everything they teach in the class. Rancho always tells them to pursue excellence and success would automatically follow. But while doing so he enters into the bad books of the college director Viru Sahasrabuddhe (Boman Irani) and in good books of his daughter Pia (Kareena Kapoor).

Every inch of the film is intensely and thoroughly thought upon. The director wonderfully touches upon delicate aspects like the peer pressure our education system puts upon the students, parents pushing their children into a field they are not keen to join and student suicides. There are delicate, poignant and heart touching moments in the film. There is a striking similarity in this film which has Amir Khan questioning the dean of the college, just like it happens in the director’s previous endeavor Munnabhai. However, the film is gripping and unpredictable to such an extent that those similarities are not noticed easily. The film has comedy, romance, fun and basically everything that keeps you glued for more than 180 minutes of the film. 3 Idiots is loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel Five Point Someone but again, the pace of the film doesn’t let you ponder over it. The movie is shot at beautiful locations of North India especially Ladakh. I always wonder why are Bollywood films shot at exclusive locations across the world when there are beautiful places like Ladakh already present in India.

Amir Khan is brilliant in the film. He clearly stands apart in the film as expected. Other actors like Sharman Joshi and Madhavan are not at all overshadowed by the presence of Amir Khan in the film. They too have their own space and are too good. Kareena is the female version of Rolls-Royce and you’d know after watching this film that she is one of the best actresses we have today. Boman Irani is marvellous.
All in all, 3 Idiots is an inspirational, cinematic and a delightful film. It is the best film that would ever be made in years to come. Unbelievable but true.