Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Hidden Secret behind Hrithik Roshan's Comeback? You'll be Shocked to Hear this

In a major newspaper, I read an article about the new Hrithik Roshan movie Super 30. The article celebrated the fact that the film had reached one hundred crore club in just ten days. However, the article slammed Hrithik Roshan's presence in the film and blamed him as a misfit for the role of Anand Kumar, the protagonist of the real-life story of Super 30. At first, I was engrossed by the title of the article that openly states the inadequacy of the actor playing the role of the protagonist.
After reading the article, the conclusion that I derived was that perhaps, the article was influenced by some PR agency that works to tarnish the image of Hrithik Roshan. The main argument of the article was that Super 30 should be seen as a comeback movie for Hrithik Roshan, in which he fails to make a comeback. Does that make sense?
A comeback movie in which he fails to make an effective comeback! This hypothesis has a charm of its own, by the way. The article consciously undermines the element of reality in the story of the movie. Super 30 is about the life of Anand master, the teacher who helps children from backward economic circumstances by teaching them, to qualify for admission in IITs and other high profile institutions in India. Anand Kumar started his Super 30 programme in 2002 in Patna in the state of Bihar. Many of his students, the fellows of Super 30 have already in top positions across the world, who became leading forces in the growth in of economy and technology.
Anand Kumar was attacked many times by those who wanted to curb the movement of free education to worthy students irrespective of their financial background. Those who wanted to thwart the force the knowledge are still on the prowl, I think. The attack on Hrithik Roshan's movie and the attempt to slam the actor is just another chapter in this historical movement.
According to Anand Kumar, the news about Super 30 first appeared in international media, like the New York Times. Only afterwards, did the Indian media noticed this redeeming educational mission.
Personally, as an educator myself, I feel connected to the story of Anand Kumar. From what I understand, his idea of education is not just a classroom experience that culminates in a board exam. Anand Kumar uses education as a powerful tool to fight poverty. The power that he gives to his Super 30 is the antidote to the chains of poverty.
I came to know about Super 30 through a documentary produced by Al Jazeera Television. I found it on YouTube. I shared the documentary with some of my colleagues and when the movie came out, I located an interview with Anand Kumar and shared it with them again. I think it's a sacrilege to discuss Hrithik Roshan's comeback with a movie like Super 30. This movie is the rise of Anand Kumar into the collective consciousness of the Indian psyche. Hrithik Roshan can make his comeback with his next Krish movie. That's not a problem at all. For the faceless and largely ignored community of educators who are serious about their work, Super 30 is the beginning of a new era, probably. It must be. It is important not just to those teachers but also to those students as well. What Amir Khan did with Tare Zameen Par, is repeated on a larger scale with Hrithik Roshan's Super 30. These are what I call the 'eye-opener movies' of India.

Sunday, July 21, 2019


The art of the novel, in its serious and most fruitful form, deals with the questions of existence. This is one of the features of a good novel, I think. A novel should discuss in its unique way something about our life and the environment, the background of life.

I think I am in Love is a novel by Devanshi Sharma. This is her third novel. The simple and captivating title of the book reflects the spirit of the novel. It is written in simple English. The author's voice breaks into the narration of the novel on several occasions to exchange warm humour with the reader. When I say simple English, I mean the English that we use to communicate with each other daily in the streets, or market places or among our friends in college. Meera and Ishaan met as colleagues. Meera is a rookie in the office. She is also an aspiring blogger whose fashion blog has already found its audience even before she landed on her new job after graduation. Ishaan is drawn to her. But he only wants her to succeed as a fashion blogger. Meera, on the other hand, wants to have a life.

Devanshi Sharma's portrayal of characters is matchless. The moment you start reading this book, the relationship these two characters exhibit and the electric vibe between them pulls us into their story. All characters in this novel are portrayed so well that they seem very real to the reader. I think I am in Love appealed to me from the first page itself only because of the character sketch. It's a character-driven romance. Usually, formulaic fiction attempts to move its story based on a plot structure. They are often plot-driven. This, however, is not the case with I Think I am in Love.

Certain WhatsApp text chats are given in the book that takes place between the two protagonists. These chats are given in the form of style of real chats. This fulfils the postmodernist nature of the novel. I think I am in Love is a short novel. Its layout is good and is easy to read while travelling. This book comes in a weightless edition. It's easy to keep it in your bag suitcase for a long journey on road. It can be finished in a single sitting. I'd say that it's an ideal travel companion on your regular bus or train journeys to college or office.

This book is essential to every new writer in India due to two reasons. The first one is that I think I am in Love does not capitalize on a romantic story alone. It shows the inspiring story of a writer, Meera, the fashion blogger. The second reason is that this book uses the language of the common people. In India, writing in English might alienate several people from you. In I think I am in Love Devanshi Sharma uses the English language with a certain Indian twist.

The cover is pep and Srishti Publishers & Distributors have continued their good work in bringing out good quality fiction. While publishing a book like I think I am in Love in the Indian literary scene, the publisher's determination matters a lot. The author is just 23 years old. The subject of the book isn't an extraordinary one either. What is usually seen among publishers is an aversion to looking at books that are not sensational. However, Shrishti Publishers takes the risk and I think I am in Love proves to be a satiating read and a great entertainer.

Devanshi Sharma's previous books are No Matter What I Do and Imperfect Misfits. She hails from the city of Indore.