Sunday, January 13, 2008




American author, Dale Carnegie, said that fear of failure was one of
the stumbling blocks for every human being to endeavor and achieve in
his life. He fundamentally highlighted about six types of failures one
has to overcome such as fear of failure, fear of criticism, fear of old
age, fear of poverty, fear of ill health and fear of death. When an
individual overcomes from all these six fears he can conquer the world
and come out with flying colors.

In the film, 'Chak De! India' the hero Shah Rukh Khan, SRK (in the
movie, Kabhir Khan) fails to win the game at the final movement of hockey
game and his positive intention i.e. sportsmanship to congratulate his
rival and the winner a Pakistani team resulted in getting branded as a
sell out and as traitor of the country and that hurt and humiliated him.
After 7 years, he takes his ambition to make India as a number one in
hockey in the world.

There are many lessons to be learnt from this film whether it is in our
personal life or professional life. The hero proves himself as an
effective and efficient motivator and manager to train and groom by
picking up the budding talents. Keeping reel life apart, in real life the
managers are faced with many problems from the beginning to the end of
the working day. He plans many things and starts the day with fresh
energy and enthusiasm. But he gets distracted by many external problems and
he constantly fights mentally to do his routine activities and also to
tackle the sudden outside problems. It is a constant battle to keep
himself on the right track and on the fast track.

In the reel life, the hero smartly assesses the strengths and weakness
of the each player and engages them up to the hilt to bring out the
best. In the day to day business world, the manager also looks at the
strengths of the each employee and tries his best to capitalize and encash
thereby making the skills of his employees complementary.

In the reel life, the hero shrewdly manages the cultural differences
among the various players across the country and brings them into one
common platform i.e. India. He finds it very hard to get them tuned and
aligned themselves as Indians. In real life the manager also works at
great length to manage the cultural diversities who comes from nook and
corners of the world. The mission of the manager is to lead from the
front to achieve the desired objectives and goals.

In the reel life, the hero spends the most of his energies to motivate
his players constantly who are faced by frequent failures. Each and
every moment, he makes clarion call, not to get depressed, frustrated but
to put faith in themselves and to put more efforts so as to win the
game. In real life, the manager finds himself saddled with many problems
and he motivates himself and also he must be in a position to motivate
his subordinates who might be facing several personal and professional
setbacks. In fact, motivation is the ability to move from one setback
to another without losing energy and enthusiasm. It requires a lot of
mental energy to get charged frequently whenever one is faced with
frequent failures.

In the reel life, the hero plays a commendable role to play down the
politics involved in winning the process of game. Such as there was a
player who raised a banner of revolt against the hero by branding him as
a traitor who sold out himself for the sake of money to Pakistan. In
real life, the manager needs to play down many organizational politics
and he always battles with a very few members who are negative minded or
egoistic minded subordinates. The manager also involves in fire
fighting and troubleshooting.

The hero has tremendous passion and involvement towards his beloved
sport and he toughens the players by toughening them both physically and
mentally. It is parrallel with the kind of initial training one gets in
armed forces. The traits of discipline, dedication and determination
are inculcated among the players which is similar to that of defence

In India, there is paramount importance attached to cricket and it is a
well known fact that Indians' love 2 Cs i.e. Cricket and Cinema. At
the same time there is a step motherly treatment to other sports. In
developed countries, there is total concentration on most of the games.
Unfortunately, there is no such trend in India. Even sponsors do not
come forward to promote other games as they find it very risky. There
is a strong need to possess killer instinct amongst the Indian
portspersons. The politics in sports take another toll.

The selection of sportpersons should be based purely on merit and
talent. There should be scientific approach to find out the aptitude of the
person, physical conditions and other related aspects at the childhood
itself. After tapping their inner talents, then they should be
trained and groomed scientifically and professionally. There should not be
any shift from one sport to another sport. And they should concentrate
on one sport right from their childhood to the last in order to have
higher success rate. In a nutshell, they should have passion, zeal,
killer instinct and should stay focussed in one sport.

In reel life the hero is SRK but in real life there are many such
heroes. There is a strong need to learn many lessons from this film either
from personality development perspective or for all-round prosperity and
success of individuals from professional perspective. Such films
provide a source of inspiration and motivation to many managers in the
corporate world.

'Chak De! India' can be taken as a case study in management/business
education to highlight motivation, team spirit, leadership, cultural
unity and India's identity. It sends a strong message that you can turn
your scars into stars. Every dog has its own day. Nobody is blessed with
good time or cursed with bad time forever in his or her life. Never
ever get dejected with short-term setbacks and try to rise like Phoenix.


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