I have heard of this Indian movie for a long time now. The first time I watched it was two years ago but the subtitles were not available. But today I just watched it and I felt something has changed in me. So I felt the need to share with you guys, not a review, (because this movie is too good for me to even explain how great this is) but the things I learned from it. 

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1. Learning is not memorizing the exact words from the book. Learning is understanding it and being able to explain it in your own words. When Rancho (the guy in the middle on the picture above) was asked what machines are by their professor in Engineering, he explained that machines are everywhere, the fans, the monitors, they’re all machines, even his zipper which he can zip up and down. He was shunned by his professor. He was asking for the definition in the book, the complicated definition which his arrogant classmate, Chatur, gave. Rancho demanded that he and Chatur gave the same meaning but he only made it simpler for everyone to understand. But his professor ordered him out. Rancho obliged but came back at the last second. His professor asked why. He said he forgot (insert the very long dictionary definition of books here). His teacher was astounded. The thing about learning is not how you do well in exams because of giving the exact words from the books. The point Rancho wants to give is that learning should not be complicated. Learning should be understandable for students to retain the lessons in their minds.

2. Friendship is the key to success. Without friends, you won’t have anyone to bring you up when you’re down or remind you of humility when you’re high up. Rancho has two best friends: Farhan and Raju (the one on the left and the one on the right, respectively). Farhan is the aspiring wild photographer who came in the family of engineers. His father encouraged him to be one, too, so he had no choice but to pursue it. Raju, on the other hand, is the poor one whose paralyzed father wanted to see him graduate as an engineer. With Rancho on their sides, these two overcame the obstacles they encountered whilst studying in college. Farhan overcame his pretense of liking their course. He finally obtained the courage of speaking out to his father about his true passion. Raju, who just committed suicide because of the tough choice of choosing his education or his friendship with Rancho, determinedly got a job through his straightforwardness, having put his fears of not being good enough aside.

3. Your life, your choice. Don’t let anyone dictate you what you’re going to do with your life. As Rancho said to Farhan, “Make your passion your profession. So it will not be work but play.” The movie, I believe, is all about choices and making the right one for yourself. The suicide is murder if the pressure is put on by an outside peer. Students committed and attempted suicide (like Raju and Joy from the movie) because of the mental, emotional and physical pressure they experience from peers like teachers, friends and family. If you’re a student going on to college, don’t let your family dictate your future. Think of yourself. Fast forward and imagine yourself on your deathbed. Will you regret the path you have taken in your life because of the wrong choices made that you didn’t take action on? Know what you want and get it in any way you can. Follow your heart. 

If you haven’t watched this movie, you must be missing a lot in your life. This movie may change your life. It surely changed mine. :)