To the free man, the country is the collection of individuals who compose it, not something over and above them. He is proud of a common heritage and loyal to common traditions. But he regards government as a means, an instrumentality, neither a grantor of favors and gifts, nor a master or god to be blindly worshipped and served. - Milton Friedman

Sunday, 4 September 2011

From “TAARE ZAMEEN PAR” to “3 IDIOTS” to “DELHI BELLY” to ??????????????

The common theme among these movies is the message of “FREEDOM”; Freedom of dreaming, Freedom of profession. Freedom of Speech.

1)      In “TAARE ZAMEEN PAR”, The message was every child is special. Every child builds his own world. Society should not IMPOSE his Rules/Laws on children. Society should respect differences in children and treat them as individuals. The message is very CAPITALIST .. Which says do what you are best at, not what your state or society wants you to do. Be an individual. The  different views and styles of children must be respected. To take the message forward, the first step should be Freedom of education sector from govt. hand. Freedom to the private sector to have any syllabus and any teachers they want and whatever fees the market sets. I agree the fees are too much and people WANT govt to control fees. I will suggest something totally opposite. Remove restrictions and permits required to open a private school. This will provide incentives for a private school and more and more people will open private schools. Competition will drive the fees to be low. Similar thing has happened in the telecom sector and call rates are much cheaper now. Similarly, the GOVT should provide fees for students going to private school.

2)      3 IDIOTS .. As the name suggests .. Society does not respect/digests the different opinions and calls people with different views IDIOTS. This is pure Socialism . You must do what your society wants .. You exist because of your society . You have no right to be different . But the message of movie is again Capitalist. The child of TAARE ZAMEEN PAR has become an adult in the movie now who is again facing societal pressure. He is not allowed to take up the profession of his own choice. If there is some system that allows you to have your interest as your profession, it is CAPIALISM and nothing else. This is what message the film gives. There should be respect for talent and an individual should be allowed to hone his talent and be what he wants to be.  India is experiencing this after 1991 reforms. We are lucky to be born in the world where the reforms have taken place at least to a certain extent.

3)      DELHI BELLY …. It is about Freedom of Speech. Its about the life of an adult . The language is common . I liked that the movie was a big hit in spite of being an A film. That gives me a message ..Our society is in a changing mode. It has started accepting issues which were earlier either not talked about or were considered a taboo. This is the key message of freedom; tolerance. If people are doing something, that I don’t like .. I should tolerate provided that I am not getting harmed.

4)      ??????   : All of the above movies would have been without a message or meaningless were they made before 1991 . They found audience and saw the light of the day because we have started accepting something different. The real effect of above movies will be seen with MUCH MORE FREEDOM that our state does not provide us. We live in one of the least free country. I believe AAMIR KHAN has this issue in mind and will BLOW out the state tyranny in his upcoming movie. I believe he has guts. 

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