Sooryaavansham…the movie starring Amitabh Bachchan in a dual role as is being televised by SET Max so often that most students of the subcontinent have nearly every scenes and dialogue of the movie memorized in their head better than their studies even. An important part of the movie is that when Sarpanch (Headman) of Bharatpur village and a very influential man of the village Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) throws his youngest and only illiterate son Heera Thakur (Also Amitabh) out of his house for marrying Radha (Soundarya) against her mother and Heera's father's will and how Heera rose as a successful businessman afterwards.
Most people who watched this movie opine that Heera's rise in this movie is portrayed dramatically and rising in such a way is not at all possible. But actually, Heera Thakur's success after being ousted by his father is filmed most realistically. Let's start from the part of the story when Heera got financial help from retired Major Ranjit Kumar Singh (Kader Khan) to start his own transport business instead of toiling hard as mere labour of a transport company.
After starting the business, Heera runs the business with utmost sincerity and is associated with his friend Dharmendra (Anupam Kher) and Radha's Uncle Major Ranjit. He even applies different customer attracting strategies which acted as a great tool in making his business highly profitable. After few years, he rises to great success as a businessman who owns not only a transport company consisting of a large number of busses but also a sugar factory. Meanwhile, Heera's wife Radha also becomes an IAS Officer (Civil Servant) and later on joins Heera's home district as its Collector. A son is also born to the couple. As of then, Heera owns a big house and leads a luxurious life with his wife and their son. Aside from these, he also established a hospital for the poor in his village as this was his father Bhanu Pratap's unfulfilled dream.
So, if we point things separately below which are stated above, we will find:
Heera is the son of the most influential person of not only the village but also the district.
Heera is associated with a retired "Major" and his friend who read up to 10th standard, known as a very educated person to the villagers.
Heera is very dear to the villagers unlike his biggest business rival and notoriously influential man of the village, Deshraj Thakur (Mukesh Rishi).
Heera's wife is a District Collector, which means she is administratively the most powerful government servant in the district.
Heera runs the business sincerely and applies effective business strategies which brought significant growth in his business.
Plus, Heera opens a hospital for the poor which does not only demonstrate how keen he is towards fulfilling his father's dream but also proves how socially responsible he is.
Hence, if a business is being backed with such great privileges (A generous financier, influential establishment, competitor with a bad reputation and most importantly a promising entrepreneur who advantageously has a good reputation and is socially responsible too), success is inevitable.
Now it should be clear to all the Sooryavansham enjoyers who are reading this, that Heera Thakur's rise is portrayed very realistically. But unfortunately, this part of the movie did not draw the deserving amount of attention and admiration from the point of view narrated here.
This part of this movie gives us two learnings as well: 1. If such Heeras are identified in reality and supported appropriately, they will reach higher heights of success; 2. Financial, influential, situational and/or any other sort of advantage will bring fruit only when it is utilized by an entrepreneur who is as able-bodied as fictional Heera Thakur.
Nafis Ehsas Chowdhury is a former Prefect at Birshreshtha Noor Mohammad Public College
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