Malik: Fahadh Faasil’s godfather turn (IANS review; Rating: * * *)

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Malik (film on Amazon Prime Video); Cast: Fahad Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan, Vinay Forrt, Joju George, Sanal Aman, Jalaja; Direction: Mahesh Narayanan; Rating: * * * (three stars)

BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY

Fahadh Faasil’s new film is his most ambitious yet. Helmed by Mahesh Narayanan, who earlier directed the actor in acclaimed efforts as “C U Soon” and “Take Off”, “Malik” sets up a sweeping saga that literally puts Fahadh on the pedestal of godfather.

As the narrative plays out its two-hour, 40 minute-runtime, you would spot moods reminiscent of not just “The Godfather”, but “Nayakan” or “Sarkar”, too. Narayanan tries making his godfather Sulaiman Malik a more complex creation — and grounded, too — despite primarily projecting the protagonist as a messiah of his people in a traditional filmi manner.

“Malik” is notable for the way Narayanan tries using religious divide to set up the life story of a local don. The drama about Malik’s life, as well as the script, draws from the tussle between the Muslim and Christian communities of Ramadapally and Edavathura, which boils over to render the film its twists as the plot progresses.

Sulaiman Malik, or Ali Ikka as he is popularly known, is a towering figure in Ramadapally, a fact established through a longish opening credits sequences. As Sulaiman prepares to board a Hajj flight, he is arrested on the aerobridge for a past crime. Ironically, the trip was to mark the fact that he was quitting all criminal activity.

As Sulaiman’s wife Roslin (Nimisha Sajayan) tries getting him out of prison, Narayanan’s storytelling mixes flashback with the presentday storyline to trace the life of a man who commanded unquestioned authority among his people.

The story moves across decades, and Narayanan renders commendable authenticity to Sulaiman’s life. Far from making Sulaiman a hero, the writer-director breathes life into his protagonist, balancing power with frailties and in the process creating an element of mystique about Fahadh’s titular character.

At various stages of the narrative, we see the layers of Sulaiman’s persona. He is a saviour of his people, who fights the mighty trying to usurp their land, and he is also a criminal arrested under TADA for allegedly masterminding a riot. He is crushed by the death of his son, and he blames himself for the young boy’s death.

While the psychological play renders the godfather prototype a deeper context, Narayanan however falls back on cliches while writing the character of Sulaiman Malik. The portrait of the making of a don is familiar. Sulaiman, a school dropout, takes to hawking drugs and then smuggling, before becoming a leader of the people. Narayanan’s storytelling blends the past and present of Sulaiman’s life to take the story to an expected tragic climax.

The writer-director has prepared a screenplay meant to mainly function as a Fahadh Faasil showcase, and the actor does not disappoint. He balances the strengths and flaws of his role well, and manages to infuse the element of drama in his act without ever going over the top. Most others in the cast, including Nimisha as his wife Roslin, are limited to being mere shadows to Sulaiman Malik.

For a film that banks on a plot that doesn’t quite keep you guessing, “Malik” banks on the little moments that make up the whole. Well-crafted storytelling and execution is a reason “Malik” remains a director’s effort first and foremost, despite its phenomenal leading man.

Source: IANS

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PURPOSE FUELS YOUR PASSION: MUNISH MAYA

PURPOSE FUELS YOUR PASSION: MUNISH MAYA

Don’t get confused with your purpose and passion as both go well together

Passion as well as purpose both goes hand in hand. Purpose defines the passion in life. If you are passionate about something then there will be a purpose behind it. And if you feel that you are passionate about something but you are not able to find the purpose behind it then please do self-analysis. There is surely something that you are missing out on. Munish Maya in his Instagram post took out few minutes to write about Purpose and Passion, as he feels that it is an important topic to be discussed with everyone. Mr. Maya started writing his post by making a statement, “Many people confuse passion with purpose. Others struggle to find both.”

Self-analyzing is a very tough job and it’s completely natural to get confused. Solving this problem Munish Maya says, “Passion & purpose are distinct. Passion is the drive, the energy that makes us feel good. Like they say, ‘do what you love.” People follow their passion to live a stress-free life where they can enjoy whatever the work they are doing. It is well said, ‘Follow your passion and there will not be a single day when you will have to work.’ Whereas the most asked question in relevance to passion, ‘What is the purpose?’ is answered very well by Munish

Maya in his same post, “Your purpose is the reason, your ‘Why’ behind what you do.” 

Passion and purpose go hand in hand. Munish Maya says, “From over a decade, I experienced, learned, evolved & developed new passions. They have changed my life & perspective in a great way.” Passion serves the purpose of life. Munish Maya himself followed his passion when he realized that he cannot do a 9-5 profile job, and look at him now, he is the 1st Global Brand Ambassador of India. His passion leads him to define the purpose of his life. The only purpose of Munish Maya’s life is to serve people by guiding and enlightening them about their lives.

This confusion between passion and purpose is not for the lifetime. To which Munish Maya explained by saying, “But the sweet spot is where your passion & purpose align.

One fuels your internal drive while the other maximizes your outward impact.” When both purpose and passion start to align then you will start gaining success and positivity in life.

Munish Maya describes it more beautifully, “And in the path of manifestation, Purpose fuels Passion. By focusing on your purpose, you align your work with your deepest drive- your passion.” If you are passionate about something in your life, then the purpose of your life is served.

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CAT 2021 Registration Process to End on 15th Sep

CAT 2021 Registration Process to End on 15th Sep

CAT 2021: 6 days left to apply for this entrance Exam for admission into IIMs, IITs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR and other top Business Schools.

IIM, Ahmedabad is going to close the CAT registration 2021 window on Sep 15, 2021. Going by trends however, they may extend the application date by another week or two.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is scheduled to be held on Nov 28. The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM A), conducting the CAT exam 2021, will close the CAT 2021 registration on Sep 15. Candidates seeking MBA admission 2022-23, 2022-24 batch and interested in appearing for IIM CAT 2021 can fill up the CAT application form.

The CAT applications 2021 is available only in online mode at the official CAT website.  For completing the CAT registration process, candidates will have to pay a CAT application fee of INR 2200.00 for the general category and INR 1100.00 for the reserved category.

Only 7 days left to apply for the CAT Exam, it is the most popular management entrance exam of India. IIMs, IITs, FMS, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR, IMT Ghaziabad, XIM University, IMI Delhi, MICA, FORE School of Management, TAPMI, GIM Goa, LIBA, GLIM,  NIRMA, IFMR GSB, LBSIM and other top Business Schools accepting CAT Score. IIM Ahmedabad, IIM C, IIM Lucknow, XIM University, GLIM and other B Schools open applications for 2022-24 batch.

Select from 150+ MBA Colleges shortlist and Apply here,

CAT 2021 eligibility criteria

  • Academic qualification: Candidates should have a Graduation/ Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized University/ Institute. Final year students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021.
  • To be eligible for the CAT exam 2021, 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD) in Graduation/ Bachelor’s degree was mandatory. However, due to the pandemic situation in the country, some changes have been made in this regard:
    • Candidates in the final year: Students with “promotion/ pass” instead of “award of marks” certificates in any of the last two years of the bachelor’s degree can enter the “Promotion or Pass” option in the CAT application form. It will allow the student to complete and submit the CAT 2021 application form. This eligibility relaxation is also applicable to those final year students with an “award” of marks.
    • Candidates graduated in 2020 and 2021: Due to the implementation of the above point, and considering that there could be different evaluation patterns adopted by different institutes/ universities across the country due to the COVID pandemic, the CAT committee has decided to remove the minimum percentage of marks criterion (50% and 45% [or equivalent CGPA] respectively) for the CAT 2021 exam.

About CAT 2021 The Common Admission Test CAT 2021 is a national level management entrance exam that is mandatory to take for admission into respective IIMs , IIT and over 1000+ B-schools across the country. CAT Exam 2021 will be conducted as a computer-based test in three sessions at over 420 test centres in 158 cities across the country. The CAT question paper comprises questions from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR). Students can expect the difficulty level of the CAT exam 2021 will be moderate to high.

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“Impact of Pandemic on Organisations” to be published in ‘Abhigyan’- peer-reviewed, journal of Foundation for Organisational Research and Education’ (FORE)

“Impact of Pandemic on Organisations” to be published in ‘Abhigyan’- peer-reviewed, journal of Foundation for Organisational Research and Education’ (FORE)

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted organizations, industries, and businesses worldwide. It has applied a sudden brake on the organization’s function, compelling them to look for and adopt newer ways of survival. Organizations are also experiencing significant changes in personnel behaviors, which have further impacted organizational performance and outputs. It has led to the transformation of the working environment processes and procedures, communication and personnel relations, operational, and financial management, etc.

In response to the above, “Abhigyan which is a peer-reviewed, double-blind (refereed) quarterly Management Journal of the ‘Foundation for Organisational Research and Education (FORE), focusing on management and organizational research, is publishing a special thematic issue titled “Impact of Pandemic on Organisations” to record the effect of Covid-19 on the functions and activities of the organizations.

It shall cover original research articles and review studies related to sub-themes of challenges and opportunities for organizations, organizational performance management, impact on international students, government policies to help MSMEs, and unforeseen consequences of a pandemic on organizational development.

Abhigyan”, which has been published since 1983, provides an appropriate platform for readers across all domains for the exchange of ideas. In the present case, this issue with its focus on Covid-19 is intended to help the readers to have further awareness of the impact of the pandemic on various aspects of business and organizational management. It is hoped that this will be a welcome addition to the growing body of academic and organizational research on the post-Covid-19 business environment and help in finding ways and means to respond to the challenges emanating from it effectively.

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