Time and again Bollywood has proved that its calibre is not limited to just typical Masala films with the hero fighting the goons and saving the actress. With films like Chak De India, Rang De Basanti, and Swades, the filmmakers made an attempt to bring the content our generation needs. One such iconic film was Hrithik Roshan starrer ‘Lakshya’.
Farhan Akhtar’s 2004 directorial was about a young boy of a rich Businessman of Delhi. Hrithik aka Karan Shergill was a spoiled kid who had no aim in life while his girlfriend Romila Dutta (played by Preity Zinta) was always determined to be a journalist.
However, certain circumstances made him join IMA (Indian Military Academy) and from being an aimless, lazy, and spoiled boy, he transformed into a focused, disciplined, and responsible officer of The Indian Army.
The Indian audience has witnessed several India war drama like Border, LOC, etc, but Lakshya was one of its kind. Unlike other movies, it not only delivered an inspiring story to the audience but also inspired our youth to join defence forces.
A June 2, 2015 report by Indian Express quoted a Gujarati boy Rohitkumar Rabari: “Since my childhood I wanted to join Army. I used to watch movies made on Army and the movie Lakshya made my resolve got stronger. I wanted to change the trend of my community from traditional business of animal husbandry and work for Army”.
A Gentleman Cadet who was already undergoing the training for Army said in 2015 in a blog on SSB Crack, “Yes, I have seen the film Lakshya. It was about one person’s quest to find the aim of his life — which for him was being a soldier. I’ve already found my lakshya. I want to join the Parachute Regiment. I admire what they do, the uniform they wear. I take everything as a challenge.”
The film earned $5.00 million on the box office. However, the impact it created was beyond measurement.
Today, on 26th July, we are celebrating Kargil Vijay Diwas and we thank all our soldiers and their families for making sacrifices so that we can live with freedom and peace.