Bollywood is just not an industry for many, but it is life and culture!! For me, it is the real life story of evolving human spirit – I get awed by the business acumen (amazing amount of money turns over), showmanship (wow, you can keep looking at those mega movie sets and costumes), resilience (the story of Amitabh is good enough to cover it all!), the energy (all the super Khans are pushing 50s??), the youth (does the youngest heroine fall under child labour category??!! :)…….my list can go on and on……..to sum it up, Bollywood is a culture!!
While many movies get produced and released consistently in Bollywood, if someone asks me about one single Bollywood movie I would love to watch any time, it is “Chak De India” – It is a 2007 movie, ironically did not have any Bollywood standard song and dance sequence, and show-cased patriotism, upliftment of girl child, the grit and determination of a sports coach . It was a movie beyond the heroes and had a strong message!
When I write this, it crosses my mind that there indeed is a real life analogy of a hero – I had the opportunity to listen to Franz Gastler presentation and pretty much impressed on his focus on empowering the girl child of India through sports (foot ball specifically) – While I will remember to write a separate article on him, you can read more about him and his NGO at Yuwa-India at http://www.yuwa-india.org/ . Excellent contribution to Mother India from an Indian at heart – Franz Gastler