This is an ode to all students who have ever gotten B’s, C’s, D’s (and sometimes even failed). It’s a declaration to the kids who calculated the exact number of points they needed to get on their finals in order to pass. This is for all those kids who didn’t get extra credit or get placed on honor roll. After years of inadequacy and a lifetime of feeling average and unremarkable, your time has come. Someone is finally here to tell you that even if your CGPA’s lower than 1.2, you can be great.
For years, society has placed a disgustingly large stigma on bad grades and an overwhelming importance on good grades. There’s a predisposed instinct to strive for A’s and cast anything lower to the side, to deem as unworthy. Well, it’s time to let the children learn that it’s okay not to be an A student, it’s okay to fail.
And finally, there’s one man who’s using his celebrity status to encourage students to look beyond their mark-sheets and discover life beyond their grades. Yes, we’re talking about Akshay Kumar. In the video, Akshay talks about his father’s encouragement that helped him follow his passion as a child. Akshay also shared his story of how he became an actor and how it would have been impossible to do that without his parents’ support. He also speaks about student suicides and how academic pressure and relationships have led the youth to take this extreme step, Akshay explains his reason for sharing the video.
In the video, he also urges people to talk about stress and depression and take help from friends, family, and doctors. Here is a video you can’t miss! He starts the video by talking about how happy he is to receive the National Award. He says that the day he got to know about the award, he spoke to his mother and remembered the day when he got his results as a child and how his marks were bad. As a child, he thought that he will be trashed at home.
He goes on to saying, “I was worried that my parents would be extremely upset and angry with me because I had flunked a paper. When I showed my report card to my parents, my father asked me what I wanted to do in life. I said I want to do sports. So, he said I can do sports and they will support me but have to continue studies too. I never knew that after sports, I would be drawn to martial arts, then modelling and acting happened. If that day my parents would not have made me understand my strengths, I would not have won this National Award nor I would have understood the reason I have it.”
After addressing various pertinent issues on his social media pages, Akshay is now speaking about the rising suicide rates among students due to academic pressure and relationship troubles. He also touches upon mental health and how there is no shame in seeking help despite the taboo that prevails around it in our country. We really hope that this video helps both students and their parents understand the intricacies of a situation this grave.
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