IANS Review: ‘The Forgotten Battle’ transports the viewer into the warzone (IANS Rating: ****)

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By Troy Ribeiro
Film: The Forgotten Battle (Streaming on Netflix). Duration: 127 minutes.

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.. Cast: Gijs Blom, Jamie Flatters, Susan Radder, Jan Bijvoet, Tom Felton, Coen Bril, Marthe Schneider and Ronald Kalter.

IANS Rating: ****

Director Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. puts his stamp on the Battle of Scheldt, often referred to as The Forgotten Battle.

The bloody but crucial battle claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people but secured the lines for the push by the Allied forces to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany. It took place between October 2 and November 8, 1944.

The film offers a bravura virtual-eyewitness account that begins fragmentally and then craftily interweaves events as seen from the perspective of three people involved in the conflict.

The three are; Marinus van Staveren (Gijs Blom), a young Dutchman fighting for the Germans; William Sinclair (Jamie Flatters), a stray English glider pilot; and Teuntje Visser (Sussan Radder), daughter of a doctor in Zeeland who gets involved in the resistance after her brother is arrested by the Nazis.

The narrative begins from September 5, 1944, with the map of Europe, showing retreating Nazi Germany armies being steadily displaced by the advancing English and Canadian armies of the allies. The Dutch province of Zeeland is still in German hands, but the arrival of the allies seems imminent.

The film is an immersive experience as it places the viewer directly into the warzone never showing false heroism or glorifying the violence of war. Driven by a mix of naivete and survival instinct, along with gunfights and aerial attacks, it focuses on fear, pain and loss.

?Susan Radder’s scenes are more like a war espionage film, but those of the male protagonists are more set in the action arena where the director chooses to zoom in on the main characters. This makes the war scenes a bit unclear because you only get to see what the main character is doing and not the rest of the army unit. Nevertheless, the war scenes are extremely well-choreographed and brilliantly portrayed, though they may appear to be familiar.

Every actor in the film plays their part in a realistic manner to perfection. Prominent among the supporting cast are Jan Bijvoet as Teuntje’s father, Doctor Visser; Ronald Kalter as Sussan’s brother Dirk Visser; Marthe Schnieder as Janna, the resistance fighter; Theo Barklem-Briggs as John; and Tom Felton as Tony Turner.

The visuals of the film are absolutely spectacular. Cinematographer Lennert Hillege’s frames are brutal as he captures the strewn bodies, ballistic bombardments, and raw emotions adroitly. The sound design, too, elevates the viewing experience. Overall, this film will appeal to all hardcore war film fans.

(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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