Amole Gupte’s latest children’s movie after Stanley Ka Dabba (2011) and Hawa Hawaai (2014) is his weakest. Sniff follows eight-year-old Sunny (Khushmeet Gill), who cannot smell. The lack of olfactory abilities immensely bothers Sunny’s pickle manufacturing family and causes some gentle bullying at school, but doesn’t fully account for Sunny’s permanently melancholic air and pensive look.
A freak accident at school brings back Sunny’s sense of smell and pushes the boy, who has displayed no investigative flair thus far, to slip into Sherlock Holmes mould. Sunny now has a canine-like ability to sniff out smells that are not discernible to mortals, and a series of car robberies gives him the opportunity for his heroics.
As is nearly always the case in children’s films, most of the adults are portrayed as fools, especially clownish senior police officer Bashvati (Sushmita Mukherjee). None of the children makes an impression either, least of all Sunny. Sluggishly paced and sketchily written, the movie barely has enough going on to merit 90 minutes of running time. The wonderment of childhood, which Gupte portrayed beautifully in Stanley Ka Dabba, is missing, and unlike Sunny’s sense of smell, it never makes its appearance.
Now that you’ve reached the top, how often do you say, “Thank You”?
What kind of a leader are you?
How do you define success? The typical picture of success is a large bank balance, expensive material possessions and fame. But for some, success is happiness that comes from fulfilling a childhood dream or attaining a sense of purpose. For those, success is not about the volume of an applause or the weight of a gold medal, but about showing gratitude and sharing success with the people without whom the journey would be incomplete. Here are a few ways you can share your success with others:
While it sounds simple and formulaic, a genuine, emphatic and honest speech can make everyone feel like they are a part of a winning team. For a personal touch, acknowledge the team’s efforts by mentioning each one of them by name and thanking them for their unique contributions. Hearing their own name makes people feel proud and honoured.
Realise the success should be passed on
Instead of basking in the glory of their own achievements, good leaders encourage, motivate and inspire others to achieve success. A good leader should acknowledge his own mistakes, share his experience and knowledge and cultivate an environment where every milestone is an accomplishment for everyone in the team. Talk about challenges, the personal and professional struggles that you had to overcome. Sharing setbacks helps others to relate to you and helps them overcome struggles they may be facing.
Nothing beats shaking-off the deadlines, work-pressure and fatigue by celebrating success together. Enjoying a job well done together as a team brings about a spirit of camaraderie. A catered lunch, evening drinks or a weekend off-site, the important thing is to enjoy the win with people who have gone through the same struggle.
Keep it flexible
The last thing you want is for work celebrations to become monotonous and repetitive. Not all milestones have to be celebrated in a grand manner, some can just be acknowledged with gestures such as personal Thank You notes or writing a recommendation on LinkedIn.
Make success more meaningful
Go beyond numbers, sales targets and profits and add meaning to the achievement. Reminding everyone of the larger purpose inspires people. It’s easy to lose interest when you do something in a routine fashion. Giving a larger meaning to success makes people feel more involved and energized.
Great leaders are those who share their victories with others. They acknowledge that the path to success is collaborative. Great leaders don’t stand in front of their team, but are found working amongst them. This video is an ode to such leaders who epitomise the Chivas culture and know how to Win The Right Way. Follow Chivas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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