Every festive celebration has its own playlist, and Appadi Podu is sure to feature on it, whether in Chennai or Mumbai.
One of Tamil star Vijay’s best-known songs remains popular 13 years after it first emerged. The irresistibly catchy track, sung by Kay Kay and Anuradha Sriram and composed by Vidyasagar, is from Ghilli (2004), the Tamil remake of Mahesh Babu’s Telugu hit Okkadu (2003). Ghilli is the story of kabaddi player Velu (Vijay), who rescues Dhanalakshmi (Trisha) from being forcibly wed to lecherous strongman Muthupandi (Prakashraj). For the most part, Velu and Dhanalakshmi are on the run both from Muthupandi’s goons and Velu’s father, who is the officer assigned to nab Dhanalakshmi’s kidnapper.
Appadi Podu (loosely translated as Take that) occurs right after Velu and Dhanalakshmi have a brief conversation about parting ways. The fast-paced song seems out of place, given the mood, but it aptly captures Vijay’s remarkable footwork and the vim he brings to dance numbers. The energy in the vocals and the beats prove truly infectious. Not a single frame is static as Vijay and Trisha effortlessly leap about and shake this way and that.
The Tamil song is markedly different from the tune in the same situation in the Telugu movie. Hai Re Hai in Okkadu is a romantic number that doesn’t have the sheer get-up-and-dance energy of Appadi Podu.
A remixed version surfaced in the Akshay Kumar starrer Boss (2013), which was a remake of the Malayalam movie Pokkiri Raja (2010), but nothing beats the original. “Indha nada podhuma, innum konjam venuma,” Velu asks at the end of the song. Is this dance enough, or do you want more? Yes please, once more.
It's not just about goodwill - inclusivity is a good business decision.
To reach a 50-50 workplace scenario, policies on diversity need to be paired with a culture of inclusiveness. While diversity brings equal representation in meetings, board rooms, promotions and recruitment, inclusivity helps give voice to the people who might otherwise be marginalized or excluded. Inclusion at workplace can be seen in an environment that values diverse opinions, encourages collaboration and invites people to share their ideas and perspectives. As Verna Myers, a renowned diversity advocate, puts it “Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Creating a sense of belonging for everyone is essential for a company’s success. Let’s look at some of the real benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace:
Better decision making
A whitepaper by Cloverpop, a decision making tool, established a direct link between inclusive decision making and better business performance. The research discovered that teams that followed an inclusive decision-making process made decisions 2X faster with half the meetings and delivered 60% better results. As per Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino, this report highlights how diversity and inclusion are practical tools to improve decision making in companies. According to her, changing the composition of decision making teams to include different perspectives can help individuals overcome biases that affect their decisions.
Higher job satisfaction
Employee satisfaction is connected to a workplace environment that values individual ideas and creates a sense of belonging for everyone. A research by Accenture identified 40 factors that influence advancement in the workplace. An empowering work environment where employees have the freedom to be creative, innovative and themselves at work, was identified as a key driver in improving employee advancement to senior levels.
A research by Catalyst.org stated the in India, 62% of innovation is driven by employee perceptions of inclusion. The study included responses from 1,500 employees from Australia, China, Germany, India, Mexico and the United States and showed that employees who feel included are more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty, suggest new and innovative ways of getting work done.
Shirley Engelmeier, author of ‘Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage’, in her interview with Forbes, talks about the new global business normal. She points out that the rapidly changing customer base with different tastes and preferences need to feel represented by brands. An inclusive environment will future-proof the organisation to cater to the new global consumer language and give it a competitive edge.
An inclusive workplace ensures that no individual is disregarded because of their gender, race, disability, age or other social and cultural factors. Accenture has been a leading voice in advocating equal workplace. Having won several accolades including a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate equality index, Accenture has demonstrated inclusive and diverse practices not only within its organisation but also in business relationships through their Supplier Inclusion and Diversity program.
In a video titled ‘She rises’, Accenture captures the importance of implementing diverse policies and creating an inclusive workplace culture.
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