‘There’s A Song For Every Mood’ And 6 Other Life Lessons That Bollywood Taught Me

Posted: November 27, 2018
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As a movie buff, Bollywood holds a special place in my heart. Despite the criticism that Hindi movies are over the top, or divorced from reality, here are a few life lessons I learnt from them.

Seize the moment

Life is too short and one never knows whether what is there today will stay the same tomorrow. As Geet from Jab We Met and Laila from Zindagi Na Mile Dobara say, try to drive home the same point that one should live life to the fullest.

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Always keep the faith

Never despair in tough times for there is always a happy ending to every story. Om Shanti Om wisely propounds, ‘Hamari filmon ki tarah, hamari zindagi mein bhi, end tak sab theekh ho jata hai’. And if it’s not okay, it’s not the end!

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Friendships are important

A life without friends is akin to food without salt. It would be insipid. Go out and make friends that will stick by you till the end singing “Yeh dosti hum nahin todenge, todenge dam magar, tera saath na chodenge”!

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There’s a song for every mood

No matter what your mood is, sing and express all emotions and you will feel better. As is said – “Gaana aaye ya na aaye gaana chahiye”.

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Sometimes a hug is all it takes to heal

Devoting time to friends and family and spreading love through a “jadoo ki jhappi” (a la Munnabhai MBBS) can go a long way solving many of our emotional problems. Just give it a try!

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Pursue excellence not success as success is a consequence of the former

3 idiots taught us the perils of running aimlessly in a race against others without realizing our true interests and potential.

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Parenting Lessons

Children are seeds that flower differently depending on the nurturing they get from their parents or teachers. Movies like Taare Zameen Par and Iqbal brought out this dimension in a thought provoking fashion paving the way for new age parenting.

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What would you like to add to this list? I would love to hear.

A version of this was first published here.

Header image is a still from Jab We Met

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