Farhan Qureshi, the selfless Idiot

farhan-qureshiFarhan Qureshi, played by R. Madhavan. Farhan is the film’s narrator all throughout the story, he is also a best friend to Rancho and Raju. The thing about Farhan is quite a dramatic curve. I say this because Farhan’s life and his future were already knitted by his parents ever since birth. All his life he was manipulated by his parents, disregarding what he really wanted to do on his own. His father wants him to become an engineer while he actually wanted to become a professional photographer. Farhan’s character at first was weak and very dependant to his parents, in fact, he couldn’t decide for his own and he couldn’t fight for his own decision. He puts his parents’ wants first before anything else, which is why he landed on the engineering school where he came to meet Rancho and Raju.

Farhan Qureshi is the selfless Idiot…

Farhan is the type of person who doesn’t like to disappoint his parents. His character is quite rampant to today’s generation, although not to the same level as Farhan. I myself could seem to relate to his situation, because I, too, put my parents first before anything else. The only difference between me and Farhan is that my parents are not manipulative, they only suggest what’s best for me and it’s up to me to decide whether I go for it or not. If I see that my parents would be happy with a certain decision, I would go for it, not because I am dependant of their decision but because I wanted to see their satisfying reaction. In Farhan’s case, however, it’s obvious that he can’t win an argument with his Dad. He chose to abandon his own dreams because he was afraid that his Dad might get angry. I think he’s weak, but not as weak as Raju whom I think is weaker among the three. He is weak in a sense that he cannot stand firm to his decisions. He is weak in a sense that, well, ‘you’re a man, Farhan, grow up, man-up!’

I don’t think I would like a man like Farhan. Why? Because a man who can’t stand up for his own decisions is a petty man, and oh, he’s dependent to his parents. I think it would be a problem in his future marriage. I mean, yoh, if he continues to be like that then whatever situations he encounters in the future, he might as well seek his parent’s decision first—that’s…sad, isn’t it. Although of course, as our parents, we should value and listen to their pieces of advices, however, if we keep on seeking their assistance every now and then we wouldn’t mature—would we?

The way Farhan’s parents have brought him up is also another thing. They had already implanted to his brain that he’s going to become an engineer like they always wanted, so of course, Farhan would not disregard that, knowing that he grew up with those kinds of motivations and words from his parents. I think that is the reason why Farhan is like that. He believed that his parents’ decisions were more superior to his. And so he ended up an obedient puppet.

Farhan might have many weaknesses. But he also have his own strengths. Even though he lived to please his parents, he had this attitude in him that he would do his best, and in fact, he’s got the brains, too. He is intelligent and creative more than you could expect. I like how he sees life in a creative way. I like how he appreciates the beauty in his surroundings and takes a moment to capture them into his personal camera. To him every moment and every second there is always a beauty to capture, and that every thing has its own beauty. These are shown when he first appeared in the film, narrating the events from his life while capturing into his camera what nature has presented upon him. Farhan appreciates the beauty of nature, and that’s what I like about him. The only sad thing about his life was that he was not courageous enough to tell his parents about his real passion—that he needed someone to push him on. In this case, Rancho or Chotte was the first person who made him realized that he should go out from his isolated shell. If it was not for Rancho pushing and encouraging him on, Farhan may not be able to achieve his dream, and that he would become engineer even though he did not like it.

He is a good person. Farhan is someone who can do more, even more than what he could initially imagine. He is someone who can turn his passion and hobby into something especial, only that he needed someone to encourage him. There are a lot of people who are like Farhan nowadays, people who are talented enough and yet they could not make it unless someone pushes them on. I think that people like that should try to see Farhan’s perspective and learn a lesson from it. Farhan has his flaws, but is there anyone who is perfect and flawless? Rancho himself has his own flaws, too.

Even though Farhan hesitated to disobey his parents’ wish, he ended up following his own dreams. Through the life of Rancho, Farhan saw what he had not seen before: that he is not a machine operated by his parents. Farhan is someone who listens to advices, but he is also someone who thinks little of himself, that’s why he really had a hard time. Good thing that Rancho never gave up on him when it comes to encouragement, that because of Rancho Farhan was able to see life in a new way.

I like how Farhan obeys his parents. I like how he loves them to the point that he is willing to abandon his dream for their own happiness. I like how he strives hard to please them. However, even though these are good to hear, even though he seems to be a good kid, we all know that Farhan should not always live his life the way his parents want it to be. Because Farhan has his own life, too. He needs to live his life for himself and not live his life for other’s sake. He needs to get up. And be courageous enough to tell to his parents that he HAS A LIFE. He’s not a machine.

I am glad, however, that Farhan was able to cope up with his weak character in the later part of the film. I’m glad to see a new Farhan. His character reminds me that even though life is difficult and tricky at times, there is always a solution at the end of the rope—we only need to see it until the end and not give up. If we give up easily, we won’t be able to see the end, and if we don’t see the end of it, how are we able to know if the decisions we make are right or wrong? That’s why we should not be afraid of the risks, because risks are there to test our determination. We see that Farhan could not stand against his parents, but we see at the end that Farhan could fight for his own decisions if he really wanted to. In this film, Farhan was able to take the risk by conquering his fears of his parents. His character reminds us that people should not be afraid to pursue their dreams.