Tuesday, January 12, 2010

3 Idiots: Not a Movie Review

One of the bloggers I follow with a lot interest and respect, recently wrote about ‘3 Idiots’, the movie. Iditis, being from the U.S., came out of the theatre asking whether Indian parents really were so cruel in defining their childrens’ career paths and whether Indian children, in turn, do not give their ‘pre-destinations’ a good fight. While I myself have never been to India, I can safely assume that the climate is the same, this side of the border.

I think my friend’s questions are well-founded but I also think that these arise because he/she has not experienced what developing nations do. In our part of the world, people do not have the opportunity or the resources to pursue every kind of career. A very basic concern for everybody is that of survival, so earning money is important - very important. Taxation money goes places, but those places are never the homes of the poor or the middle classes; they need to fend for themselves entirely.

Vocational training is usually the answer to many amongst the poor. They cannot afford to aim high. Many people wonder why despite poverty, poorer couples opt for bigger families. The answer is simple: they want more earning hands. These hands enter the job market at the ages of 5, and even lower at times. The only job markets available to them are domestic help, mechanics’ workshops, tailor shops, tea vendors and the sort. (This also explains why terrorists are having a ball in poorer countries. Little children from low-income families can easily be bought over.)

The middle-class cannot afford to aim much higher either. A father might recognize the artist in his son, or a mother might sense a keen researcher in her daughter, but this is as far as they go: dream, and then, let go. At the end of the day, an artist or a researcher has no real opportunities to earn locally, and that is very important in an economically struggling society. Doctors and engineers are always in-demand in societies yet working to decrease infant mortality and death rates, and looking for proper infrastructure like roads, bridges, dams etc. Can you blame the parents?

Having said that, I still support the message brought forward by ‘3 Idiots’, because for me, happiness and contentment of the heart and mind is far more important than that of the physical world. No wonder then that one will find many poor people who always have a bright smile to greet the morning sun, and a lot of rich people who say, “I need to get a life!”


Id it is said...

Thanks Saadia. You put the picture in perspective :) ...as an outsider it is a lot easier to be judgemental.
Have you watched this movie? Do you get to watch Bollywood movies in Pakistan?

Saadia said...

Hello Id! How are you? I had actually wanted to write this post BEFORE watching the movie but I didn't get the time. NOW though, I have seen it. Save for the typical Bollywood over-the-top climaxes (the baby delivery scenario), I thought it was a good movie. I always enjoy movies with a message but that don't come off as very preachy. Aamir Khan directed (and acted in) 'Taare Zameen Par' a couple of years, and did excellent there too. And if I may, that was a way better offering.

And yes, we've always been watching Bollywood movies - pirated - on VHS and DVDs. And a couple of years back, they started playing in the cinemas too. Not all, but most. Production houses like Yash Raj still don't play here, I think.

Onkar said...

Good analysis. I think, the key to solving the problem is to maintain balance.

Id it is said...

That is so intriguing yet so reassuring that two peoples can belong to warring nations and yet enjoy each others art and artists! That's true with sports too; a big fan of soccer, I know soccer does that too!

Geminian said...

A very apt and accurate analysis of the backdrop of the movie. Thumbs up! And I agree "Taarat Zameen Par" was better. Keep writing, its always a pleasure to read you.

theBollywoodFan said...

Saadia! Hope you're well. Glad you enjoyed most of 3i, and completely agree too on TZP being the better film.

Particularly enjoyed this sentence, it's so true!

No wonder then that one will find many poor people who always have a bright smile to greet the morning sun, and a lot of rich people who say, “I need to get a life!”

Tom | What's Your Story? said...

Very interesting perspective. I came from Vietnam where I hear about the struggles there which is probably similar to your part of the world. However, I've never actually lived there as I grew up in the US. One thing I do agree and can completely relate to is "happiness and contentment of the heart and mind" is most important...wherever you are. Thanks for the post. I enjoyed it!