The Rajshri banner, in its quest to keep abreast of the times, is also changing – and proof of that is its latest film, Isi Life Mein…! Although, like its earlier films, ‘Isi Life Mein…!’ too upholds Indian traditional values (respect to elders, girls dressing up traditionally, non-working girls, wives happy to be cooking and looking after the home, etc.), it also presents the modern India where girls are no less than boys in any field, and marriage is not the be-all and end all of a girl’s life. At a trial show of the film earlier this week, Sooraj Barjatya, associate producer of ‘Isi Life Mein…!‘, had an interesting anecdote to narrate.
It was when Sooraj Barjatya was studying in H.R. College in Bombay. He hadn’t scored too well in his examinations and had been accompanied to the college by his father, producer Rajkumar Barjatya. The college principal, reacting to Sooraj’s below-average performance, gave a piece of his mind to the senior Barjatya, telling him how it was not in the interest of the college to give admission to a producer’s son because he could never be expected to do well in his studies. Anyway, that was years ago.
Very recently, Sooraj accompanied his son to the same college, seeking admission for him. Said the prolific director, “I carried all the certificates my son had been awarded in school for his brilliant performance in examinations. While the present principal appreciated my son’s academic achievements, she added, “Academics is alright, but it is essential that he shines in extra-curricular activities too because studies are just one part of the overall growth of a student.”
Needless to say, Sooraj was stumped but couldn’t agree more with the principal who, of course, gave admission to the son.
So this must be where Sooraj got his inspiration for “change”!