From Screen to Field: How Sports Movies Inspire Children to Pursue Their Dreams
"I have never played Hockey, but I have seen people playing Hockey on TV. There is a movie on Hockey, Chak De India. I saw girls playing Hockey in this movie. I play badminton and carrom with my friends. I want to become a teacher when I grow up." Mona told our art instructor Moni. Mona is a class 4th student at Government Primary School, Sivpurva, Varanasi.
Through our Let's Start Session, we enable children to explore their creativity and imagination through Artistic expression. When children are encouraged to express their thoughts and experiences through drawing, they learn to pay attention to details. Art education enhances children's creativity and imagination and helps them develop the necessary skills for growth and success.
Movies based on famous sports stories have always been a popular genre among children and adults alike. These movies provide entertainment and inspire children to take an interest in sports and pursue their dreams.
In January, we conducted the let's start session on the theme "Play as an opportunity." We asked the children which sport they liked the most and encouraged them to share their stories through drawing. We were delighted to hear their stories and how movies based on their favourite sports inspire them.
A few children mentioned that they love movies like Chak de India and Dangal because they saw girls playing Hockey and wrestling in both films, which is rare. These two movies promote gender equality and challenge traditional stereotypes restricting girls from pursuing sports. It encourages children to break down societal barriers and pursue their dreams, regardless of gender.
The art sessions were conducted by Kavita Kumari, Harshita Gupta, Chandan Kumar Sahu, Radha Gupta, and Moni Gupta in Government Primary Schools at Kabir Nagar, Aditya Nagar, Orderly Bazar, Durgakund-1, Sundarpur-1, Sundarpur-2, Kodai Chowki, Nayi Sadak, Chittupur, Lolark Kund, Nariya, Bhikharipur.