Movies have the ability to evoke many kinds of emotions in us. They can make us laugh, cry and even motivate us to do better things with our lives. There are many genres in movies like action, comedy, romance, horror, thriller, drama, sci-fi, etc. But the unforgettable ones are the motivational ones. They motivate us, inspire us and stick with us long after the ending scene. Watching the character survive through his life struggles, irrespective of the odds, and emerging as victorious. Motivational movies show its unique display of emotions and sentiments.
Looking to shake yourself out of your inner shell and get a little fired up? I’ve listed down a few movies that can always cheer you and do the trick.
1. Chak De! India
Chak De! India is based on the life of an Indian Hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi. When sports in India were highly dominated by men, a failed veteran hockey player named Kabir Khan decides to coach a Women’s Indian Hockey team and encourages them to become the world champions. Here Shah Rukh Khan, as Kabir Khan, portrayed Negi’s character in the film. The film is all about patriotism, integrity, willpower, hard work and rising above humiliation to attain redemption.
2. Dear Zindagi
This movie’s plot centres on a budding cinematographer named Kaira, a girl who is ambitious and who falls in love very often. It is a story to which a lot of people can relate easily. It also breaks away the typical image, which Bollywood has created of the leading lady that they are dedicated to one man all her life. In real life, it is very often that people fall in and out of love easily, and move on as well. Kaira here represents the current generation and their concept of love.
It is one of those movies which leaves you motivated, inspired and spellbound. It bridges a gap between so-called offbeat films and commercial cinema. This story is about a deaf and mute boy who dreams to wear a national cap as an Indian cricketer. But there are a number of hurdles in this dream to be fulfilled. How he faces all the challenges with the support of his coach and his mother is the crux of the movie. But the message of the movie is very clear that it’s not about a budding cricketer who rises to be a superstar. It’s more about a man on the street who achieves his dreams on sheer willpower with the support of his near and dear ones, regardless of any field or profession. Which is the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
The film is based on Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler who trains his daughters Geeta and Babita to become India’s first world-class female wrestlers. He trains them to prove that they are no less than a professional male wrestler. This movie is not just about women wrestling but it is about daring to dream, challenging the society, and being determined about your dream. It shows the sacrifices which are made by the parents to make their kid’s dream come true. This movie is a perfect example of how any person in any area could achieve whatever he wants to achieve no matter what comes in his way.
The movie is about a young Indian flight attendant named Neerja Bhanot who sacrificed her life to save that of 359 others on that flight. A flight was hijacked on its way to the United States of America, during its layover in Karachi. Neerja Bhanot portrayed her selflessness and bravery character using her actions in making sure that no harm came to the passengers. Selflessness is a trait that shows that person is concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with his own needs and wishes, and bravery is a trait where one has the courage to stand up for what’s right and what is wrong.
6. Mary Kom
This movie is a biopic of Mary Kom, an Indian boxer who won gold at Olympics. The movie depicts Mary Kom’s journey of becoming a boxer to her victory. The movie shows that from struggling with poverty to playing the multiple roles of a mother, daughter, and elder sister, Mary Kom has achieved much more than any of us ever dreams of. In times like such when society loved to advise women on what’s best for them, it takes a lot of courage to chase the dreams that are so close to your heart.
The movie is about a girl ‘Rani’ from a conservative family who was ditched by her fiancé just before her wedding. The movie is not simply about Rani’s journey of discovering a new self and starting afresh in life, but it is also about making the choices that one desires and doing what one feels is right. It is about breaking free from those traditions and morals forced upon women by our Indian society. Those traditions and morals are just a set of rules which every society has, but it’s our choice whether to follow them or not.
8. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, is a perfect tribute to friendship. It is an honest story about love, friendship, choices, and the journey of life. The film is all about growing up, taking responsibility for one’s actions, courage for what you fear, seizing and living for the moment. The movie basically tells that “you won’t get a second life’”, so live it to the fullest.
By Shilpa Bararia