Tuesday, January 7, 2014

“Indian Film Industry is not a Bed of Roses”- Professor M.S.Rao

“Every failure is a blessing in disguise, providing it teaches some needed lesson one could not have learned without it. Most so-called failures are only temporary defeats.” - Napoleon Hill

It is unfortunate to hear the untimely death of Uday Kiran, Tollywood actor who committed suicide at the age of 34. The personal reasons for his suicide is not clear but the message to other film stars and the public is clear that Indian film industry is not a bed of roses. There are many upcoming film stars who live in an imaginative world about film industry. Some of the film stars are bankrupt and some bounced back due to their tenacity, resilience and brand image.  

Many people think that all film stars have lots of wealth which is not correct. Most film stars have only their brand value, and they survive because of their brand image. There are many industrialists and politicians in India who are much richer than film stars but they hardly get noticed.  In India, it is observed that stars from 2Cs – cricket and cinema get noticed by people quickly. Many stars fade away but only a few survive and succeed as long as they work hard, learn, unlearn and relearn as per the changing times and technologies.

Coming to committing suicide, everyone knows that committing suicide is not only a crime but also a sin. It is wrong both legally and ethically as those who commit suicides are kicking the God’s gift of life which must be taken as a challenge. People must learn to take both successes and failures equally. Whenever, they hit lows they must think the ways and means to get out of them. They must analyze their failures and learn lessons to do better next time. Here are the ways to avoid suicidal tendencies and to come out of depression:
  • Be an incurable optimist.
  • Recall your past achievements.
  • Count your blessings, not blisters.
  • Socialize with people who you love and feel comfortable to share your inner feelings and emotions.
  • Inculcate emotional intelligence. Understand the underlining dynamics within your profession/career to make right moves. Avoid getting checkmated by your competitors.
  • Take a break if you are stressed out or burnt out to recharge yourself.
  • Look at the rising sun, not the setting sun.
  • Remember that failure is only a comma, not a full stop.
  • Consult psychiatrist in extreme cases.

Every star struggles at some point of his film career to survive and succeed on screen. Remember that nobody is an exception. You must understand the fact that you need to fail to become a better person and as a successful person as tumble makes you humble. One must know that stars fade away but it is the actors who survive at the end. Hence, stars must evolve as actors gradually to establish themselves with an identity to achieve longevity in their careers.

Don’t take life for granted as it is full of unexpected peaks and valleys. Be prepared mentally to face them squarely with confidence and mettle. Life is a battle! Fight to the finish! Take the battle to its logical end to come out with flying colors, and to soar like an eagle.

Good luck!

"Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure." – Dell Crossword

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