Filmmakers are the heart and soul of a movie. They are the directors and the visionaries behind the concept, the ones responsible to bring an entire film together. Bollywood Filmmakers have been providing entertainment to us for more than a century now. They have entertained generations and also had an impact on the lives of many people along the way.
From the first Bollywood film – Raja Harishchandra to the latest likes of Bajirao Mastani, the world has changed a lot and so has the film industry. Movies aren’t just a source of entertainment anymore, they teach lessons, lift up your spirits, and motivate you. They spread awareness and also make you believe it is possible to achieve the impossible. For a film to have such an impact on us, the filmmaker has to be exceptional. This job is no easy feat. Motivation is not just an option here but a necessity.
Therefore, what better way to lift ourselves up than to hear a few wise words by our very own Bollywood’s successful filmmakers? Check them out. Filmmakers are here to talk –
1] Optimism is life, if you’re not optimistic you’re dead.
– Guru Dutt (Saheb Biwi Aur Ghulam, Pyaasa, Mr. And Mrs. 55)
Looking at the favourable side of a situation and believing the best outcome possible from it is basically what optimism is.
But unfortunately, very few of us really have an optimistic outlook in life. Whether there is a minute’s delay in a phone call or a huge crisis, as humans we directly assume the worst. Looking at opportunities where there are obstacles is not an inherited talent. It is a skill you need to train your brain for.
Optimism itself not only reduces your stress or makes you livelier, but also promotes self-respect, keeps your emotions in check, allows you to deal with failures better and boosts your productivity! By being optimistic you don’t just change your own perspective but of even those around you. You start attracting people and opportunities towards yourself and find more reasons for living.
Is the glass half full or half empty? We may not know. But optimism indeed is a very important quality in human life. Filmmaker Guru Dutt is not any different. A little optimism goes a long way!
2] Chase excellence, success will follow
– Rajkumar Hirani (3 Idiots, P.K, Munna Bhai MBBS)
Today, most of us get sucked in the rat race for money, fame, power and success. And we easily forget if we are doing anything worth being successful? We get so busy in chasing things that we don’t do our best at work. Rajkumar Hirani tells us how we should chase excellence rather than success. If we chase excellence, success will have to follow. Rajkumar Hirani inspires us to be the best we can be, to be excellent enough that it isn’t possible for the world to be able to ignore you.
The filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani used this particular saying in one of his most famous films (and our all-time favourite too) 3 idiots. These simple words inspire us to work on what is important – achieving excellence.
3] I grew up in a very small town which is remote even by Indian standards. I always dreamed of the world.
– Mira Nair (Salam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, The Bengali Detective)
While many of us are afraid of stepping out of the line or spreading our legs outside our blankets, Mira Nair dreamt on.
However, she didn’t let her dreams remain a figment of her imagination. Sometimes, we fear dreaming too big and start limiting ourselves. When in reality, our capabilities are way beyond our expectations.
Mira Nair teaches us how it doesn’t matter where we start out and it doesn’t matter where we are, we can still dream of the entire world, work for it and achieve it. She is a true inspiration to all of us.
4] Black for you may be darkness; for me it is a universal truth. Our best ideas come from the darkness of the mind; every new life is created in the darkness of the womb…
– Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani, Devdas, Black)
While promoting his movie ‘Black’, Sanjay Leela Bhansali blessed us with these beautiful words. He trashed the old myth that black stands for doom and negativity and should be feared.
Contrary to everyone chasing the light in their lives, Sanjay Leela Bhansali tells us how black is simply the universal truth for him. He inspires us to not only chase the light but to embrace the darkness too. He also presents his optimistic perception to us. And who knows maybe we can find our light in the dark through his work?
When faced with a problem, the best thing to do is look for solutions. However, not every solution is as effective as you may think. So how do you know which answer is the best for you? Well, it is the one you find yourself.
Satyajit Ray tells us how important it is to find solutions on our own. When we indeed do so, we work harder on it. And if we fail, we learn and grow through it all. He says those are the only solutions worth having. We even execute them well enough because we had arrived at them through our own cognition.
The classic karma theory is not wrong after all. What goes around comes around. Doing good for others will bring good back to you. Maybe not immediately, but eventually. Go ahead and do a little good for someone. It won’t just help someone in need but will also make you feel better. You don’t even have to worry about bad luck biting you if your karma is good.
Even Our Bollywood’s director, Rohit Shetty, preaches the importance of karma. It seems to be working for him with so many blockbuster hits!
7) Never treat anything you do as a stepping stone. Do it fully, and follow it completely.
– Mira Nair
How many times have we half-heartedly worked on those tasks that we find are petty? How many times have we decided that some work is too trivial and didn’t give it our hundred percent? We think that working well on the big guns is enough to be successful. But in reality, it is those small things that lead us to the big ones. How will you ever address the consequential deeds in life if you cannot tackle the small tasks well enough?
Mira Nair teaches how nothing, absolutely nothing, you do should be used as a stepping stone. You should work diligently on them and completely follow the work, giving it your best even if they seem insignificant. You never know what opportunities they may bring your way.
8] My teacher once told me no one is perfect…..that’s why pencils have erasers
– Mahesh Bhatt ( Arth, Raaz 2 , Aashiqui)
We all make mistakes in life. Some make many and a few wise ones are lucky enough to curtail them. But mistakes are a part of our lives and a part of human nature. How else will we learn and improve upon ourselves? Though we fear mistakes, committing them isn’t that bad. We need to learn from them and move ahead. Mahesh Bhatt tells us how nobody is really perfect; we are made to make mistakes.
We all have those dark days when we have no hope ahead, the time when you don’t know how to move forward, when all you’ve received is failure, over and over again. The time where you are letting defeats knock you down. In such times you need to remember how nothing will be more influential towards your success than failures. Nothing will teach you more and nothing else will help you grow towards your goals. If you overcome them, they will be stories you will tell and you will be proud how you did not give up. Failures aren’t bad, they are necessary.
Imtiaz Ali shoots these wise words, reminding us the importance of failures in our lives. He tells us that in all his wants to achieve his passion, nothing has been as influential in his life as all his failures. So don’t be afraid of debacles, they are just the first steps towards success.
10] I struggled a lot for what I have today.
– Raj Kapoor (Mera Naam Joker, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, Shree 420)
We all face struggles to get where we want to, and to make our dreams our reality. But only a few of us actually get past them and achieve our goals. We all need to remember that without struggle, anything achieved is not worth much.
Raj Kapoor himself accepts that he struggled a lot to achieve what he has today. Everyone with anything worth having has faced struggles in their lives. You just need to go on, fight through and keep one thing in mind – you can surely make it if you break it.
Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim.
However, today success is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Though it is usually linked with money, power and fame, success beyond success is being a good human being. Treating others well not only makes you feel better but shows what kind of person you are.
A talented director and a mother of triplets, Farah Khan, preaches that being a good human and treating others well are the only paths for her to being successful.
Even Bollywood’s famous and successful filmmakers have suffered through failures, struggles and made mistakes in their lives. Yet, even after it all they kept going, they worked hard and were finally able to achieve the podium where they stand today. On the other hand, even after tasting continuous successes, they still keep chasing excellence. They are an inspiration to all of us and give us a lot of fodder to ponder upon.
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