This post can be read independently, but if you haven’t read Dreamer #13’s story, you can do so here.
Why do we like the stories on the site? Is it because we like celebrating achievements? Maybe it’s because we, at heart, love a story where someone overcomes a struggle, goes off the beaten path, and still surges ahead. Strangely enough, many of us read these stories and carry on with our lives just the same. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course. After all, it depends on what you want. If you’re like most people, however, you also want to make things better for yourself.
This is the first in a series of posts to remind us that when we read a story, it’s not just about the person; it’s also about us. Here are a few things for us to think about based on Dreamer #13, Ruchi Narain’s story:
1. Get an education, not a degree
One of Ruchi’s fairly daring moves was to take up a course in History. Most of us would find it ludicrous to study in a field with no clear scope for a future. Yet, along the way, Ruchi struck a balance and her knowledge of history helped her create TV scripts and a film (Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi) that broke barriers within the industry. Her first script, The Trial of Bhagat Singh, helped her bag the role of a scriptwriter for the critically-acclaimed film. Many of you are already done with ‘studying’; but what if education wasn’t simply a means to an end? Sometimes, finding a niche could be more helpful than we think. Is there something you’ve been wanting to learn but haven’t got around to yet?
2. If you want something, ask for it and ask often
Ruchi had no idea how to break into the film industry. So she simply called people, and that led her to work with Sudhir Mishra. When she didn’t know how to write a script, she asked Saurabh Shukla if she could type out the script he was working on. This may seem like the most obvious thing to do, but oddly, it doesn’t happen. When you want something, just ask the right people!
3. It’s not about getting up when you fall, it’s also about how quickly you do it
Ruchi’s biggest regret was taking a year off from the film industry after the limited release of her directorial venture. It’s important to not be stuck in a lull for too long with a disappointment and get moving. “One year is a long period of absence.”, she says. Everybody fails, but what happens after that is our call.
4. Play only if you’re willing to play long
“I realised this industry was meant for the “Lambi Race Ki Ghode”. In other words, to make it in the film industry, there is no shortcut. The truth is when we go out there and do something unconventional, the pot of gold is never that easily found. Most folks who walk the less-beaten path are set to make a long journey.
5. Play only if you’re willing to play fast
Playing long doesn’t mean playing slow. As soon as Ruchi learnt how to write a script, she got to work. The philosophy of playing long simply means to keep moving forward even if it takes time. It doesn’t mean one has to move slow. So, which of these did you need to hear right now? More importantly, which of these do you need to work on?