Pawan Malhotra: Being Punjabi an advantage in portraying a ‘Sardar’

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By Arundhuti Banerjee
Mumbai, Oct 21 |
In recent times, the common thread between two of his on-screen characters – Gursevak Singh and Omkar Singh – is that both of them are Sikh. While the intense and nuanced performances of such Sikh characters in mainstream entertainment is breaking the stereotype about the community, National Award-winning veteran actor Pawan Malhotra says it is an advantage for him to bring life to such characters as he himself is a Punjabi.

Pawan told IANS: “Understanding the culture, the language, the little details that are unseen yet add to build a character is very important for an actor. Of course, the script is the Bible for me that I follow, but taking it to the next level by adding certain nuances comes from adding understanding. I am a Punjabi. So naturally, there are few things that we do in a typical Punjabi household that I can easily add to a Sikh or a Punjabi character when I am playing them. When I am acting in a Telugu film for instance, even though I know how to act, I will not be able to add those elements to make the performance richer. That is why I feel, it is an advantage for me to be a Punjabi while playing a Punjabi or a Sikh character.”

His performance in the web series ‘Tabbar’, also featuring Supriya Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Gagan Arora, Paramvir Singh Cheema, is receiving a positive response.

However, this is not the first time that his portrayal of a Sikh character has been appreciated. Pawan also acted in the Punjabi film ‘Punjab 1984’, Hindi films like ‘Jab We Met’, and ‘Mubarakan’ among others. Quite interestingly in every character, he maintained some distinction through his performance.

“That is the whole idea that treating every Punjabi character differently through my performance. You see, no two individuals are the same. In our theatre days, we would practice such things in training as to how to play the same thing, situation, individual differently. Creativity comes from there. Having said that, in ‘Tabbar’ Ajit is a very good director with a clear vision,” he shared.

Coming from Delhi as a theatre artiste he started his career in Mumbai with a television show with some of his major performances in films like ‘Black Friday’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, ‘My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves’, Telugu films like ‘Aithe’, ‘Anukokunda Oka Roju’ among many others.

Referring to two of his earlier films he said, “You see I played a mafia don in ‘Aithe’ and then I played Tiger Memon in ‘Black Friday’. Both the characters have an underworld connection but they are not the same. I also played more such underworld Mumbaikars in some of my Hindi films when people were stereotyping me saying ‘Yeh underworld wala character achha kar leta hai’. But I am not a Mumbaikar, right? I think, as an actor, it is my job to make my audience believe everything that I am portraying on-screen; sometimes I use my craft, sometimes the community I come from. In ‘Tabbar’ it was a combination of well-written characters, a visionary director like Ajit and the fact that I am a Punjabi too. Rarely it happens that everything falls in place so nicely.”

‘Tabbar’, written by Harman Wadala and Sandeep Jain, and produced by Ajay Rai, is streaming on SonyLIV.

(Arundhuti Banerjee can be contacted at arundhuti.b@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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