Right now, you might be feeling tense like the girl in this picture, but in a couple of hours you could be smiling widely, seeing your Class XII board exam score. But even if your result makes you cry, take heart. HT City spoke to some very successful people about their low scores and found that bad board results cannot stop anyone from doing well in life.
Director Kunal Kohli, who made Hum Tum and Fanaa, was “never academically inclined”. He says, “I got only 42 per cent because I was more into dramatics.” Kohli gained a foothold in the film industry as an assistant sound recordist, and broke into the big league after a period of struggle.
“There is no super highway to success,” says filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who got 37 per cent in his board exams “after copying”. “I am not debunking organised education,” says Bhatt, “but what they teach in schools is not relevant to real life. There are people like me who barely made it through school and are college dropouts but have taken the unusual route to become what we are. Great filmmakers don’t come from film school, but through life.”
Dance expert Sandip Soparrkar got just 60-plus score in the boards. He was in tears the night before an exam “as I didn’t know my accountancy at all”. It was no big deal, though. Dance kept him too busy to study much, and dance is what has made him a celebrity today.
Beauty expert Ambika Pillai was actually “highly dyslexic”, so studies were very hard for her. She married young at 17 “to avoid studies” and now owns a chain of high-end salons.
Designer Mandira Wirk feels her score of 72 per cent in commerce was very average according to today’s standards, and she urges students to reject that feeling of “all is lost” if the results do not live up to expectations. Parents, she says, can and should support a child’s ambitions, as hers did, regardless of exam results.
Diana Hayden could not tell us about her board exams as she dropped out of school in Class VIII. Her philosophy is: “Life is easier with education, but it [failure] is not the end of the world. Just move on in life.” Hayden did... and became Miss World.
Inputs from Chetna Joshi Bambroo