Winner of the Best Foreign Feature Film at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival and Kids First! Film and Video Festival in USA,upcoming Bollywood film Yeh Khula Aasmaan is based on the issue of extreme
academic stress prevailing in the current young generation. Directed by Gitanjali Sinha and produced by Hemendra Aran, the film stars veteran actors Raghubir Yadav and Yashpal Sharma in principal characters.
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Hoping to address this issue through her endeavor Yeh Khula Aasmaan, director Gitanjali Sinha says, “The extreme pressure on today’s youth to excel in academics is absolutely unfair. Academic performance has
become the only benchmark against which they are judged. Failure to live up to these expectations can leave them de-motivated and shatter their confidence. Such intense pressure at this young age can affect the rest of their life. As a responsible parent myself, I make sure that I support my child during this complicated phase instead of building up the pressure. This was one of the primary reasons I decided to make Yeh Khula Aasmaan.”
Veteran actor Raghubir Yadav, playing the role of ‘Dadu’, says, “I am extremely proud to be associated with Yeh Khula Aasmaan considering it enlightens such an important issue existing among today’s youth. Academics alone don’t define the future of a child. I believe that the recipe for success is to keep trying your best, success will just follow.”
Yashpal Sharma, playing the role of the NRI fathers adds in, “One of the reasons for which I agreed to be a part of Yeh Khula Aasmaan was to address this issue of academic stress. I have seen the pressure my children go through to keep up with their peers. Competition is great, as long as it’s in moderation. This is the same advice I gave my children before the cut-throat competitive spirit caught on them. Like me, all parents need to take up responsibility.”
Lastly, an IITian and MBA from London Business School, producer Hemendra Aran says, “While the academic excellence does help in life, long term success is less about academic excellence and more about building one’s own personality, internal strength and emotional intelligence. Yeh Khula Aasmaan subtly emphasizes upon the importance of these aspects.”