IANS Review: ‘Dil Bekaraar’: A charming rom-com that will make you nostalgic (IANS Rating: ***1/2)

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Series: Dil Bekaraar (Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar). Duration: 35 minutes per episode.

Director: Habib Faisal. Cast: Akshay Oberoi, Sahher Bambba, Sukhmani Sadhana, Anjali Anand, Medha Shankar, Arjun Berry, Raj Babbar, Poonam Dhillon, Padmini Kolhapure, Tej Sapru, Sonali Sachdev, Chandrachur Singh, Suhel Seth, Pankaj Kalra, and Alekh Sangal.

Rating: ***1/2

From its dreamy theme song to its 2D-style animation, to its period soundtrack, and of course, its late-80s/ early-90s nostalgia, ‘Dil Bekaraar’, streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, is completely charming.

The romance between a TV news reader and a crusading journalist is a delight to watch, as are the many cameos from well-known faces of that era.

Based on Anuja Chauhan’s 2013 novel, ‘Those Pricey Thakur Girls’, this rom-com is a family affair. And it will appeal to those who grew up in the late 1980s.

Set in Delhi, the series takes us into the house of retired Supreme Court Justice Laxmi Narayan Thakur (Raj Babbar) and his wife Mamta (Poonam Dhillon), who have five daughters named in alphabetical order.

The oldest is the attention-seeking Anjini (Sukhmani Sadhana), who is the second wife of Anant Singh aka Antu (Alekh Sangal). The second daughter is the complexed Binodini (Anjali Anand), who has two annoyingly spoilt aughters and a husband who is trying his best to be an entrepreneur.

The third daughter is Chandrakanta aka Chandu, who eloped with her boyfriend on the eve of her wedding. The fourth daughter is the soft-hearted but quietly fiery Debjani aka Dabbu (Sahher Bambba), and the youngest is the school-going Eshwari aka Esh (Medha Shankar).

This series, consisting of ten episodes, begins with Debjani getting selected to be the English newsreader for the government-owned channel Desh Darpan aka DD.

How she meets and falls in love with Dillon Singh Shekhawat (Akshay Oberoi), an idealistic, anti-establishment journalist working with the New India Pioneer, helmed by Hira (Suhel Seth), forms the core of the series.

After watching the first few episodes, you realise that with so much attention being given to matchmaking, you end up with the feeling that this is the retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ for modern India.

The period is well captured, with telephone booths with an STD connection, news of the Bhopal tragedy, mention of the cricket matches, Ambassador taxis, and vintage cars. The only glitch seems to appear from the dialogue department, with oft-spoken lines such as “Achche din ayenge”, “The people must know” and “The nation wants to know”, which belong to the 1990s.

On the performance front, each actor is in the skin of their characters. Apart from Akshay Oberoi and Sahher Bambba, Medha Shankar as Eshwari and Arjun Berry as Sateesh are appealing.

Padmini Kolhapure, as the foul-mouthed Bhudevi Thakur, stands out as a natural but unfunny caricature. Similarly, Sonali Sachdev, as Juliet Shekhawat, with her Malayali accent, is over-the-top and cute.

The Shekhawat brothers, Jason and Ethan, too are amiable in their own ways. Suhel Seth as the editor and Chandrachur Singh as Minister Hardik Motla operate on the sidelines in minuscule roles.

(Troy Ribeiro can be contacted at troy.r@ians.in)

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal

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