Mediocre Lives – A Tamasha

Just finished watching the movie Tamasha. I usually don’t watch above-human-level masala movies from Bollywood, but this one is at our level – human level. By the way this isn’t my review about the movie but about the message this movie is trying to send out.

It’s the same message as Aamir Khan movie 3-idiots (one of my favorites); that people aren’t actually living their ‘own life’, instead they live a choreographed race where no one actually wins. These movies also say that your parents push you to do something you’re not good at and then your life gets screwed. I do agree and understand that this is indeed an inspiring thought for ones with those hidden selves inside, however there is another group like me, the ordinary people, who don’t have any hidden selves as these movies say.

Although the world population has reached billions, the number of “extraordinary” individuals are in a few thousands. Simply put, 95% of the people on earth are plain simple human beings, living their ordinary lives. As the movies say, there could be millions living a life that they aren’t best at, a life they aren’t happy about – I understand. But then there is this portion of people who don’t have any specific passion to follow or for them living the ordinary life is their best.

I know money isn’t a big deal if you’re really passionate about something, however in India, right now who do you think can best follow a passion – Ambani’s son or Aam Admi’s son? Well, we all know the answer.

Think of an aam admi’s son with a great passion for wildlife photography. With continuous efforts and dedication, I’m sure he will reach his heights someday. But we all know the struggle he has to go through is 1000 times worse than that of a rich kid. If this kid’s story becomes a movie, he becomes the hero and his dad will either be a villain until second half towards climax (remember the father character of the role played by Madhavan in 3 idiots) or a helpless dad who would do anything for his son but can’t seem to do much (errr…can’t think of a movie right now).

Again let me clarify, I’m not trying to prove that being rich is everything but it IS something. Imagine if this dad who lives an ordinary life so that his hero son could follow his dream, chose to follow is passion when he was young, then his hero son wouldn’t have had the liberty to live his hero life. So my point is, there is nothing wrong in living mediocre life; one mediocre life is eventually making one or more other lives better.

Also, in movies, when the hero decides to live his life on his own terms, success is guaranteed because it’s there in the script. However, the real life isn’t a script and success isn’t guaranteed. A few of you must have noticed a news where an Olympics medal winner is selling pani puri in the streets now. So she did try to follow her passion, but then she had to slow down and come to the streets to live her life because then it was a matter of survival not her passion. So living a mediocre life isn’t as easy as they show in movies – it takes another level of passion – passion to live!

I respect the idea and it indeed inspired quite a few people to choose their own lives against the choreographic race. In movies, hero’s dad comes to the screen only when the director saab asks him to come but in real life, they are there – ALWAYS living their ordinary life to make yours extraordinary.

A few became extraordinary because the majority chose to stay ordinary!


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