With Delhi University’s new foundation course now set to see Bollywood as a part of the curriculum, aspirants hope they can get a great lesson or two in, err, love, ‘pataoing’, looking stylish, ‘jugaad’, and basically, much more than just what it’s intended to be.
As a source material for the course, films including 3 Idiots, A Wednesday, Chak De India, Do Dooni Char, Dor and English Vinglish, will be a part of their paper. And, there are more — Iqbal, Rang De Basanti, Rockstar and Wake Up Sid, on the list. Here’s what youngsters say they really want to learn from Bollywood...
Shritej Singh Maini, 19, Kirori Mal College
I’d like to learn from Ranbir Kapoor’s character in Wake Up Sid. There should be a realisation about living a meaningful life — and this movie is sure to inspire that. DU is full of 'richie rich' brats who are really popular among girls and get whatever they want in life. This will give them a jolt.
Pranav Charan, 18, DU Aspirant
The movie FALTU accurately pictures my vision for my college life, a college where education co-exists with fun and full-on masti. This movie teaches how we stumble often, but can bounce back strongly with help from friends. It should be on the curriculum.
Niyati Bhat, 20, IP College for Women
Friendship is best exemplified in Dil Chahta Hai, and so it should be on the curriculum. It teaches what friendship is really about ... I have learnt from it how to understand and keep close the people dearest to me, and I’m sure others, too, can learn a lot from the film.
Jatin Dua, 21, Motilal Nehru College
Student of the Year has lots of lessons for college students. A real guy should be like Sidharth Malhotra in the movie. I wish I could be like him, so that whenever I enter my college, all the girls would look at me and say OMG! I’m very much impressed by his super macho and stud-like image!
Sangeeta Soni, 20, SGTB Khalsa College
There’s a lot we can learn from the movie Rang De Basanti, the so called ‘fukras’ of DU assume a sense of responsibility which incidentally comes not out of boundaries but a sense of freedom. I think every youngster felt ‘awake’ after watching the film and so it can teach a lot.
Anshul Verma, 19, Shivaji College
Bunny from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has set an example for youngsters to be cool, smart, to live your dream, to live life to the fullest, to love your friends and of course, how to flirt. If I could choose, that’d certainly be one film that’d make it to the curriculum.
Hina Tekchandani, 20, Motilal Nehru College
I really look up to the character Aisha in Wake Up Sid; she teaches you how to be independent, adjust in a new city and be confident even with the “new girl in the city” tag. Another lesson that guys could learn is from SRK’s Rahul character in every second movie — how to charm, that is. And may be learn some effective ‘jugaad’ tricks from Fukrey.
Parth Sharma, 20, Kirori Mal College
If there’s one Bollywood lesson I could seek, it’d be from Dil Dosti Etc, which shows the scenario inside DU aptly. Just like in the movie, I want to explore the value of friendship, hostel life, politics, power, love, voyeurism, and sexual perversion.