We are currently living in a situation where the optimism within us is being challenged and pushed to the edge of depression. With people in isolation all over the world, I think the need for the sense of optimism is much more critical. So if there’s anyone who wants to read about my stomach-burnings of Puratasi and Pandemics, you have overlooked the hero of this post, that is, Positivity.
My optimism lessons from Indian Cinema are always from two of the greatest legends of the 90s kids era: Rajinikanth and Vadivelu. We have always wanted the positivity and their care-free attitude, let it be Vadivel’s “Aahaan” during a robbery or Rajinikanth’s “Poda, Aandavane Namma Pakkam Irukan” attitude when his daughter’s life is in trouble.
Apart from them, we have also come across movies from time to time which remind us of the negativity we have in us and how an optimistic approach towards life would help the society on the whole.
One such movie is Aruvi. Despite having a troubled past and a life-threatening medical condition, Aruvi has a positive take on the common world problems. In one of the scenes where Aruvi delivers an amazing speech in a reality show reminds the audience of how the society is entirely money-minded and humanity takes a backseat.
Talking about humanity, how could we forget about the Nallasivam who taught us that love is god and that god is found in people who did good things? Anbe Sivam is an eye-opener for a guy like me who thought the world is filled with negative emotions like anger, jealousy and ego. The one scene where Anbarasu questions if God really exists and Nallasivam answers by saying Anbarasu became god when he shed tears for another human’s difficulties is no less than therapy.
“Anda manasu dan sir kadavul.”
Another film that has positivity filled all over it is 3 Idiots. This coming-of-age college story shows us the shortcut to optimism, which is by tricking our heart to calm down and stay positive through the three magical words “All Izz Well”. In a world obsessed with success and defined by the pressure-building competition, this movie asks us to set aside the traditional “Indian” ideology of including prestigious degree, good job and material wealth to the definition of success. It leaves the audience with the message “Run behind excellence, and Success with chase you” that is etched in the minds long after the movie ends.
Staying optimistic is always a derivative of a carefree attitude, and Charlie is the best example for it. The movie follows Charlie, a free-spirited guy who loves travelling and believes life is a celebration. Apart from celebrating his life, he also gets into lives of random people he encounters and show them that life is beautiful if made different through our own way. There is a scene in the movie where Charlie takes Mariya to the sea for her birthday and says “The ocean does not require those salt in your tears, Mary”.
I had once read in a book that “The pursuit of happiness is more about the pursuit than the happiness”. One such movie that helped me realize that fact better was the Telugu movie about the journey of self-discovery, Yevade Subramanyam. It is about the personal realization of an overly ambitious man, Nani, and how he discovers the answer to the most unanswered question, “Who are you?” by heading to Doodhkashi, a much hyped place by his late best friend, Rishi.
With all the film recommendations from me which will uplift your optimism in these tough times, I would like to end this post on a fun note. Just like a famous dialogue in Panchathanthiram which says “Chinna Kallu, Pedda Laabam”, I would like to say that “A small amount of our optimism would make really big wonders in the world”.