“That’s my fun time. So, to me, doing my homework, studying on what I do, watching the movies, listening to music – all that inspires me. So, I focus a lot on that and practice.” ~ Christina Milian
Christina is an American musician, but she could well have been an Indian medical aspirant who is following his or her dream to be a doctor. When you have the passion, studying and doing your homework becomes fun.
Here, we will talk about a few movies you can watch on the days when you are feeling low to re-energize yourself, get inspired, and practice some more:
Taare Zameen Par
Plot: The movie revolves around 8-year old Ishan (Darsheel) who has dyslexia. We see how nobody understands him in the beginning and he is punished continuously and insulted for not trying to study harder. Ultimately, his father throws him into a hostel where a teacher (Amir Khan) identifies his condition and offers him emotional and academic support to help him achieve his potential.
What to Learn: NEET preparation is a long and rigorous journey. Many times, students feel ready to give up as they think can never stand up to the severe competition they are facing. At such times, what we need to do is identify our strengths and weaknesses, seek help from the tutors or subject experts who can help you, and form a plan to develop skills and knowledge that you lack through strategic practice.
Plot: The movie revolves around three friends – Rancho, Raju, and Farhan – who study in an elite engineering college with strict rules. As the movie rolls on, we find that Raju is not able to perform well in studies because he is too afraid of the failure (because of his family conditions). Farhan is studying engineering because his father wishes him to; and Rancho is a real learner in every sense of the word – curious and enterprising.
What to Learn: OK, the movie is about engineering students. But there are many things that medical aspirants can learn from the film too. Here are some of the famous dialogues you’ll love:
Bachcha kabil bano, kabil … kamyabi toh saali jhak maarke peeche bhagegi
Do not focus on Success. Focus on building your knowledge and skills. Once you master skills and knowledge you need, you will succeed automatically.
Dost fail ho jaye toh dukh hota hai … lekin dost first aa jaye toh zyada dukh hota hai
Now, that’s true. If a friend fails, you feel bad for him. But if he scores more than you, you feel worse. So, stop comparing with how much your friends (or peers) have scored in the tests, and work on your performance.
Aal izz well … Aal izz well
When your heart flutters or you feel distressed, repeat ‘All is well’ until you feel better. Positive affirmations help in your fight with depression and stress.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag or Mary Kom or Iqbal
Plot: All movies that revolve around sports or sportspersons show how the chief protagonist overcomes all challenges with his or her dedication and sincere efforts. The impact of a good coach is highlighted in such movies too.
What to Learn: You must see these movies when you feel like giving up. Iqbal shows how a poor deaf and dumb boy blossoms under a good coach (played by Naseeruddin Shah). Mary Kom is about a woman who refuses to let marriage and children come in the way of her success as a boxer. In Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, we can see how the never-say-die attitude of Milkha Singh led him to victory despite the insurmountable challenges that came his way.
As a NEET aspirant, you must understand that no matter how big your challenges are, you can always overcome them with diligence, hard work, and the right academic support. These days, it has become a lot easier to find the right study material, online tutors, and modular coaching packages that are quite affordable. You need to practice and practice – until you can solve all NEET questions correctly in the given time.
Munna Bhai MBBS
Plot: A goon Munna Bhai (Sanjay Dutt) and his sidekick Circuit (Arshad Warsi) go to a medical school to become doctors where he stands as a contrast to the impersonal, mechanical ways of doctors. He is empathetic and compassionate to patients and cordial to everyone.
What to Learn: The only fact about the medical preparation you’ll learn from this movie is:
Do-sau-che type ka sirf haddi hai … todhne ke time apun log sochte they kya
There are 206 bones in our body. Did we ever think of it when we used to break them (as goons)?
The movie is sweet and points out to a significant fact – when you become a doctor, never forget the oath you take. Be human and kind. There is one another thing that this movie teaches you:
Bhai … tension nahin lene ka bhai
Brother, do not be so tense.
Life goes on, and all you need to do is to find the right path for yourself.
Best of Luck!
Nishant Sinha is the co-founder of emedicalprep.com, an Online Medical Coaching platform for Medical Entrance Exams like NEET (earlier known as AIPMT), AIIMS and other school entrance exams aiming for the career in a Medical sector. He is passionate about making Doctors, and Medical aspirants meet their goal (NEET or AIIMS). The mission was clear to give breakthrough education to the students in the field of online Medical Exam Preparations and make them pass with flying colors in exams such as NEET, AIIMS or other medical entrance exams.
For this dream of his, he left his lucrative career in one of the American Management Consulting firms named Kurt Salmon Associates. He can rightly be called an optimistic entrepreneur and passionate educationist. You can check his LinkedIn profile to know more about him.