It is festival season, this and the next couple of months...leading up to the new year. Of course, there’s going to be a ton of great films (at unbelievable rates!) coming out in the theatres. But here’s an idea: kick up some much needed inspiration (and mind you it takes more than just a self-help gif, we say), sit back, relax and rent in these truly inspirational films. They have stories, plots, emotions and a ton of fun as well. A big thanks to the FB group members M3DB for their valuable inputs.
Ustad Hotel: Glorious food and a tale of warmth, love and giving, garnished with the endearing bond between a grandson and his granddad. You love those enchanting life lessons the old man passes on to his grandson by way of little food anecdotes. He says a cup of Suleimani is brewed best with a dash of muhabbet and you want to believe that. Food, is not just about the right ingredients, it’s about swirling it up with love and serving it with smile. And most importantly, the magic of giving; being utterly selfless and how it helps us find the meaning and purpose in life.
How Old Are You? “Why should there be an expiry date to a woman’s dreams?” is the million-dollar question being thrown at you by a middle-aged married woman who lives a life of anonymity and seeming inconsequence, until the day she decides to take charge of her life. Nirupama, in her mid-30s, doesn’t mind the derisive attitude of her husband—she is a representative of those millions of women who are never given their due at home. She takes it all in her stride, choosing not to react, accepting it as her fate. It’s inspirational how Nirupama moves away from her husband’s shadow and carves an identity of her own. It’s a true blue inspirational story for every woman who believes that marriage is the end of her aspirations and dreams.
Su...Su. Sudhi Vathmeekam: What if you have a stammer? Do your dreams come to a grinding halt? Or will you accept it and face the world with pluck? Sudhi has a stammer by birth, and at least initially he isn’t quite the braveheart we would want him to be—his lack of self-esteem limits him to a small job in a school. But things start to look up with the entry of a new girl in his life. She provides him that much-needed morale booster that lends a new direction to his life. When Sudhi decides to stand up for himself, embrace his disability and face the world, we get a great tale of inspiration and motivation.
1983: Taking off from an inspirational line quoted by Sachin Tendulkar (“There are no shortcuts to success”) about his success story, 1983 is about all those people who dared to make their dreams comes true. The tale starts with a young lad in a village, who loves cricket, but his dreams are ruthlessly cut short by the middle-class aspirations of his parents. But fate gives him another chance in the form of his little son, whom he discovers has a natural flair for the sport. Not only does he help the little fella give wings to his dreams, in a way it’s also his hour of retribution.
Mili: Despite an uninspiring making and narration, Mili, on paper, is an inspiring tale of a girl who conquers her inner fears and comes out of her world of low self-worth. She is a wallflower- painfully shy and unsure about herself. She smiles with reluctance, dresses drably and for the life of her cannot muster enough courage to approach the guy she likes. Mili cannot be labelled as a homage to womanhood. It is more about you and me. It is about battling a common yet rarely delved into behavioural issue called low self-esteem. Chances are that nine out of ten people we know have gone through it, yet rarely talk about it or get help. In that way, Mili is a well-intentioned film that tells you to fight your inner demons and come out feeling buoyant.
Mudra: A film that tells us how a little bit of compassion and love goes a long way in making better humans out of even the harshest criminals. Into the dreary, harsh world of young criminals at the ‘Durguna Parihara Patashala’ enters a kind officer who brings some light into their life. While the officer before him cruelly beats the hell out of them, here was a man who acknowledged them as human beings. Interestingly, post this film, the government re-christened such reform schools as Children’s Home.
Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala: Vijayan is the reality of many middle-class youngsters who go through one of those terribly undecided phases in their lives. Sreenivasan brilliantly captures that nonchalance and apathy that are often seen in such young men. Then realisation dawns on him that he must come back to what he is originally destined for. All the running around only assures him of the triviality of looking for means to get out of something not meant for him. Shyamala’s story is equally inspiring for similar women who have to choose to put their education on the backburner to get married and are not allowed the opportunity to first be financially independent.
Kadhaparayumbol: The greatest testimony of true friendship—Krishna and Kuchela-gets a terrific adaptation here. When superstar Ashok Kumar makes that emotional speech about his childhood friend who sold his earrings to get money for him to fulfil his dreams, we are also witnessing one of the most inspirational and heart-warming friendships on celluloid. A friendship that stood the test of time.
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