Toofaan: Far from the storm the hype promised (IANS Review; Rating: * *)

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Toofaan (film on Amazon Prime Video); Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Paresh Rawal, Mrunal Thakur, Vijay Raaz, Mohan Agashe, Hussain Dalal, Darshan Kumaar, Supriya Pathak; Direction: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra; Rating: * * (two stars)

BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY

You know something’s wrong with a film when you’ve figured out the whole story from a few minutes of trailer. For a film that runs over 160-odd minutes, more so.

Mainstream sports movies narrating underdog stories are always predictable in the way the narrative graph begins, peaks and ends, so you really wouldn’t blame director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra if you figure out what’s going to happen next. The trouble with Mehra’s new film is it fails to give you the moments that might resonate. Despite bankable actors and a plot that promises drama in a fictional boxer’s life, the film struggles to hold attention.

Anjum Rajabali’s writing seems dated in the way the narrative tries to add an extra dimension to the film, blending in a subtext of faith and secularism with the overall boxing action. For Mehra and his on-screen hero Farhan Akhtar, mixing socio-politics with sports worked well in “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, where pop patriotism was the mantra used to score a winner. In “Toofaan”, the generic story of a sportsperson’s life is set against a backdrop of fundamentalism and orthodoxy.

Local tough Ajju bhai (Farhan Akhtar) of Dongri finds reason to metamorphose into Aziz Ali the boxer in the encouraging words of friendly neighbourhood doctor Ananya (Mrunal Thakur). From breaking bones as Ajju to winning state-level championship as Aziz is a journey our hero completes as fleetingly as only filmi heroes do. An unconvincing love story unfolds on the side, and Aziz and Ananya decide to get married.

In the most unimaginative tradition of Bollywood writing, Aziz cannot figure out Ananya Prabhu is the daughter of Nana Prabhu (Paresh Rawal), his very conservative Hindu coach. And, come to think of it, if Ananya’s dad is a top-class boxing coach, and she knows he is trying to be a boxer, wouldn’t she have mentioned the fact to Aziz when he took up the sport encouraged by her?

The writing overflows with such loopholes and contrived situations as the story plods ahead. Inane melodrama takes over as the very orthodox Nana throws a fit when Ajju tells him he plans to wed Ananya. Prabhu throws Aziz out, calling him low-life scum, but they get married, of course, and then come a couple of highly unconvincing twists that sees state champion Aziz Ali fall from grace only to find inspiration to rise against all odds.

Surprisingly, and unlike “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, Mehra fails to create a single sporting sequence here that, all else failing, might have salvaged the film. The boxing bouts of “Toofaan” are too set-piece, they lack the drama to engage.

The boxers Aziz faces off are mostly too absurd to be true. One is a borderline psycho who loves packing off his rival on a stretcher. Another (Darshan Kumaar) tries destroying Aziz’s chances at the national championships simply because the latter had beaten him at the state level. Lack of imagination is also evident in Nana’s sudden change of heart in the end, after a melodramatic meeting with his grand-daughter.

The film fills its runtime with unnecessary narrative diversions and tells a story that could have been canned in about an hour, with no obvious reason to stretch up to two hours and 40 minutes. Riding functional cinematography (Jay Oza) and editing (Meghna Sen) that could have been bettered, the film wastes a few fine acting efforts.

“Toofaan” is far from the storm the film’s pre-release hype had promised.

Source: IANS

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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