India has one of the highest suicide rates among youngsters between the ages of 15 and 29. One of the top 10 reasons for youth suicides is failure in examinations. A 2014 news report states that about 2,471 students in the country took their lives in 2013 after having failed in examinations. Most of these suicides are a result of parental pressure and high expectations.
Another survey conducted by Pondicherry University in 2015, among Indian High School students tells us a startling truth. According to the survey, about two-thirds (66%) of the students reported feeling pressure from their parents for better academic performance.
Unrealistic expectations and parental pressure is the biggest stress for Indian students today - a thought that prompted Khalil Herekar and Sulakshana Herekar to do something about it. The writer-director duo makes socially relevant films under their banner Arshh Films. Along with Sundaram Books, they have released a film Aaj Result Hai, which deals with this chronic problem that is sucking the life out of students.
Says Producer-Director Khalil Herekar, “It is a pity that we ourselves are destroying the sanity of our children by putting such academic pressure on their young fragile minds. I hope this film helps both parents and students to find the right way to plan the child’s future sensibly.” Sulakshana Herekar adds, “It is unbelievable that parents want their children to be an engineer or doctor, even in this day and age. There are a thousand different career options today, which the child will really enjoy doing! But the parents must understand and encourage their child for Aaj Result Hai plays on the situation of parents and children during board results, and ends with a twist in the tale, that can totally change the mindset of parents and students, and look at careers in the right perspective.
The film rightly says... the future of your child does not depend on his result, but rather on how you (the parents) react to it. Watch Aaj Result Hain and stop unrealistic expectations from your kids..