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5 important money lessons to learn from Bollywood movies

  • Highlights

  • Bollywood movies can offer some vital financial lessons

  • Baghban and Kal Ho Naa Ho teach you the importance of saving for uncertain times

  • Ta Ra Rum Pum shows the necessity of saving and investing early

  • Band Baaja Baaraat shows you how to cover expenses within a budget

Movies can get you emotionally involved, making you burst out in laughter or shed a tear from one scene to the next. Often, they also offer a window into reality that you may not have considered before. While Bollywood is known the world over for its dramatic storylines and catchy songs, some films can give you valuable insight into finance and money management too.

Take a look at the financial lessons that you can learn from these 5 hand-picked Bollywood movies.

- Baghban

This 2003 emotional drama starring Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini, strikes a chord about retirement and financial independence unlike any other. It features two hardworking parents who support their children, sacrificing their income to educate them and set up their businesses. The couple naturally assumes that they will be supported by their children in their old age, and don’t have a retirement nest egg.
The lesson to be learnt: Never assume future financial freedom and prepare to be independent with sound retirement planning.

- Bahubali

This epic movie directed by S. S. Rajamouli made waves for its fantastic VFX and cinematography, but also offers insight into greed and resourcefulness. Bhallaladeva lost his kingdom and family in his hunger to become king; however, Bahubali knew when and how to use his resources to win the battle.
The lesson to be learnt: Approach your investments by knowing when and how much to risk for a high-earning scheme, and when to restrain yourself. First consider your financial position, monthly obligations, upcoming expenses, and earning capability and then create a balanced portfolio for your and your family’s financial security.

- Kal Ho Naa Ho

This 2003 movie is a romantic drama gives you an idea of the importance of being prepared for unforeseen circumstances and the necessity of medical insurance. The story revolves around Aman, who is well aware of his cancer and how he manages to secure the future of his love, Naina, by getting her married to Rohit.
The lesson to be learnt: Secure your family’s future with medical insurance and sound investments to cover the tragic loss or expenses of medical treatment.

- Band Baaja Baaraat

The light-hearted Band Baaja Baaraat inspires you to manage your expenses within a limited budget to profit from it with smart thinking. The plot revolves around two young entrepreneurs who start a wedding planning company called ‘Shaadi Mubarak’. They make their mark based on the fact that they can arrange the best weddings on the client’s budget, no matter how small. Using local contacts as well as hiring newbies looking for the right platform, they are able to achieve their goals while keeping the purse strings happy.
The lesson to be learnt: Think out of the box to save, reduce your expenditure and shop smart to use your income efficiently.

- Ta Ra Rum Pum

This 2007 sports-drama, with Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee playing the lead roles, drives home the importance of saving and investing at the right age. The bare bones of the story reveal how a rich race driver has no control over his expenses and spends money on needless things. The day he loses his job, he is penniless. This is when he realises the importance of saving and investing.
The lesson to be learnt: Continually investing money and having an emergency fund can help you combat future uncertainties with greater strength.

Don’t these 5 movies make important points about spending on a budget, planning your retirement, investing carefully, and creating an emergency fund? Use the lessons from these movies to strengthen your financial position and be well on your way to achieving each goal you’ve dreamt of!

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