THE 10TH lecture in the Aircel Power of Inspiration series, held at the Birla Institute of Technology, Patna, began with an introduction to Aircelâ€™s Brand Ambassador Programme, followed by Puneeta Roy, founder-trustee of the Tehelka Foundation, taking the audience through a Tehelka Foundation audiovisual featuring â€˜ground warriorsâ€™ â€” people who have dedicated their lives to the service of others.
The first speaker was Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, director of Rang De Basanti, who narrated the journey of the filmâ€™s script from one based on the armed struggle for Independence, titled â€˜Young Guns of Indiaâ€™, evolving into the story of a group of youngsters in modern day India. The earlier script had failed to capture the imagination of the young, and made him realise that instead of awing the audience with the facts of the freedom fightersâ€™ lives, he could inspire the young with the spirit of revolution that moved them.
Talking about his upcoming movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mehra said he was making it for his kids, so that when they ask him for new shoes in order to play better, he could show them that what one can do depends less on what one has, than what one wants to do. Milkha Singh proved this in real life by winning 76 races without quality athletic gear.
The revolutionary tones of the lecture changed towards the gentler emotions of love and tolerance as Magsaysay Award winner Dr Prakash Amte spoke about his life in the tribal village of Hemalkasa, in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. In 1970, his father, the legendary Baba Amte, took the family for a picnic to unheard-of Bhamragarh â€” a place without accessible roads, where a journey of mere 250 km would take 48 hours.