With the lockdown now extended for a few more days, we are back with the second edition of our movie list to continue nourishing the spirit of entrepreneurship within you! This time, grab a notepad and a pen because who knows, these movies might just give you some valuable tips to upscale your startup very soon.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Turn on your goofy grin girls (and also you, boys). It’s Tom Cruise as the white-collar superhero, Jerry Maguire!!!! Imagine when you are at the peak of your career but get unceremoniously let go for exposing the illegal practices within your industry. What a nerve-racking predicament to have your future shattered into a million pieces with the whole office watching! Witness how our chocolate boy tries to own up to the situation, “If anybody else wants to come with me, this moment will be the moment of something real and fun and inspiring in this godforsaken business, and we will do it together. Who’s coming with me?” It’s sad that only a single hand is raised, but that’s how Jerry’s journey starts: doing something that he actually loves from scratch rather than acting immorally for higher commissions. It is a story about fairness and equal opportunities and corruption within the sports industry.
Based on Michael Lewis’s non-fiction book ‘Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game’, Moneyball is another epiphanic movie about an underdog team that rises to the heights of success due to the efficient management of talents and resources by one Billy Beane, the general manager of Oakland Athletics, played by Brad Pitt. The fact that he managed to accomplish this feat with ⅓ the budget of a regular team within a limited period of time is what gives spice to the story. In 2001, he lost many of his key players to the teams who offered more money. This triggered Beane to rebuild his team by using the money he had left, which was not much, then through rational strategy alone reached the highest level of the tournament. It’s a fresh offering for sports-nerds as Moneyball is a rare sports movie that forgoes the cliched last-minute success-ending for a better look at the formation of the team itself. It is about asking the right questions regarding the how, the who and the why.
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’ is a movie that chronicles the early days and rivalry between two tech giants of the world: Apple and Microsoft. It is a story told in a semi-humorous tone, through the eyes of Steve Wozniak. It lays bare the fierce battle of minds between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates that often bordered into unethicality. While the whole world idealizes these tycoons, the movie shines a light into some of their negative qualities and questionable characters. Visionary Jobs has been lambasted for not accepting as an illegitimate father of a young girl whereas Gates is portrayed as an outright sociopath who employs ruthless business practices. Though the movie suffers from several historical inaccuracies, it is an entertaining educational experience with regards to the beginning of the computer revolution and all the ugly sides of tech that we never knew.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
The word ‘slumdog’ is a fusion of the words ‘slum’ and ‘underdog’. This movie is a story of an underdog from the slums of Mumbai who survives through many misfortunes in his life to eventually win a million rupees and win back the girl of his dreams. From bagging record 8 Oscars (including best picture) to grooving millions to the beat of ‘Jai Ho’, Slumdog Millionaire has been one of the most riveting movies of our time. It is a compelling saga painted on the backdrop of India that extends from the extreme poverty and social anarchy in the slums to the high rise buildings of Mumbai. The story revolves around Jamal Malik, an orphan from Mumbai, who with incredible luck and talent, wins the biggest prize in the Indian version of the tv show ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire”. But here is the real twist: he gets arrested on suspicion of cheating because no one believes a ‘street kid’ to be that smart. The rest of the plot revolves around Jamal’s intrepid adventures to prove his innocence. So prepare yourself to be overtaken by the visual rhetoric of the urban slum urchin who ultimately proves that ‘no dream is too big’!
The founder (2016)
Missing those tempting Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets this lockdown? No worries, how about turning your mini kitchen to the next biggest fast-food company like the McDonald brothers? But wait, did you know that it was actually Ray Kroc who was responsible for turning McDonald’s into a global phenomenon? The Founder is a movie about the classic struggling salesman, who meets Mac and Dick McDonald, brothers involved in a burger operation. Impressed with the speedy systems employed by the brothers, Kroc comes up with the idea of a franchise and pulls together strings to eventually transform a little local burger joint into a billion-dollar empire! But nothing is as it seems. Witness all the back-stabbing and ruthlessness that takes over the course of the movie which eventually leads to Ray Kroc’s name being wiped off from McDonald’s history forever.