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World Youth Skills Day: Six movies about youth finding their passion in life

Hia Datta

Hia Datta
Jul 15, 2021

The United Nations General Assembly announced July 15 as World Youth Skills in 2014, emphasising the importance of harnessing the necessary skills in the youth to take their careers forward. While our days of youth are golden windows full of infinite possibilities, realising one’s dreams and aspirations and honing the skills to get there might be a tough nut to crack. To that end, a generous dose of motivational movies goes a long way to get going in full steam. Here are 6 movies on the youth wading their way past confusions, roadblocks, and troubles to reach their passion, and like they say, truly Carpe Diem!

Wake Up Sid
7.9OTTplay Rating
Wake Up Sid : Ayan Mukerji’s debut film is a warm-hearted, wise take on the coming-of-age of Siddharth aka Sid, who is the son of a rich businessman and a slacker with no ambition in his life. He goes about his way, hanging out and partying with his best friends, playing computer games and clubbing his evenings away. After failing his college exams, he is shown the door by his fed-up father. Sid is on a quest to find himself, his true calling and love. The transition of the lackadaisical happy-go-lucky boy into a young man who realises his passion for photography and learns life skills makes this a must-watch.
3 Idiots
8.8OTTplay Rating
3 Idiots: Rajkumar Hirani’s well-loved adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone coined the mantra for every youth to follow, ‘strive for excellence, success is bound to come your way.’ Witty, a laugh riot in places with the right chords in the emotional scenes, the story graph of Farhan and Raju pulls the lids off many relevant issues, from peer pressure to parental pressure to the mad race for success, flaws in our education system, and more. It resonated massively with the youth at the time of its release and remains equally relatable today.
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year
7.8OTTplay Rating
Rocket Singh: Salesman of The Year: This well-made Shimit Amin directorial chronicles the journey of a middle-class young man Harpreet Singh Bedi, who is just out of college with dreams of making it big in the world. After getting fired, Harpreet starts his own company and goes on to show the world how business can integrate integrity with profitability, skyrocketing his way to success on his own. To the young entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs out there, this one’s for you!
8.7OTTplay Rating
Udaan: Robin Williams as John Keating in the beautiful film Dead Poets Society famously says, “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race... Poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” That sums up the essence of this film which shows Rohan Singh’s soaring story of breaking free from his father’s unpleasant and domineering shadow, and following his lifelong passion. The universal issue of teenage angst, anxiety and confusion is one of the central themes of this film.
8.4OTTplay Rating
Lakshya: Slackers finding their way to selfhood and self-realisation might be a cliche in youth films but that doesn’t mean they don’t work when done the right way. In this Farhan Akhtar directorial, Karan Shergill is in his 20s, and just plain lazybones and directionless in life. From enlisting in the army after watching an action movie to giving it up and being scorned by his beloved, he finds his vision in life as a dedicated army officer. Karan’s journey is inspirational and palpable for any young girl or boy who is lost or unsure about their purpose in life.
8.5OTTplay Rating
Iqbal: If there’s one overarching theme that holds the Indian youth back from pursuing their dreams and passion, it is parental pressure. This touching narrative follows the journey of Iqbal, a young man who is speech and hearing impaired. He dreams of making it to international stadiums and playing for the Indian cricket team, for which he must first win over his disapproving, conservative father. But no dream is too far with the right people. In the drunkard, former famous cricketer Mohit, Iqbal finds an anchor in life, a coach who helps him overcome many hurdles to succeed in his passion.
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