5 Movies that every startup founder should watch

5 Movies that every startup founder should watch

Startup Founders – A fancy word for early stage businessmen. When I was in my college rather than inspire from different people I lot inspired from the movies. Movies like ‘WallStreet’, ‘Wolf of Wall street’ and my personal favorite ‘The Social Network’. These are all time favorite startup movies I guess.

But in this, I’m gonna share some old fashioned Hollywood and Bollywood movies. Movies that inspire people, give them a vision, motivate them and after watching it he/she can take the hardest decision of life. OFF Mic advice even after watching these movies, don’t make a decision like flash. Take time, Talk to people and then make it. Let’s roll the blog.

Top 5 Movies that every startup founder should watch:

  1. Manthan (1976)
  2. Manzil (Basu Chatterjee, 1979)
  3. Thank you for smoking (2005)
  4. Wall Street (1987)
  5. The Pursuit of happiness (2006)

Let’s talk one by one about each movie. I haven’t watched all the movie but I’ll present the public point of view.


Manthan (1976)

Manthan (Shyam Benegal, 1976)
Manthan (Shyam Benegal, 1976)

An obvious entry to the list, there is probably no film that explains rural entrepreneurship in a better way. The struggles involved in establishing a rural cooperative, in the backdrop of caste, gender and economic inequality is subtly shown. The helplessness of the film’s protago ist is very real, and we rejoice as he goes beyond the accepted norms of business, and works for a setup that benefits the deserving many.

Manzil (Basu Chatterjee, 1979)

Manzil (Basu Chatterjee, 1979)
Manzil (Basu Chatterjee, 1979)

The film teaches us to be ambitious, and follow our dreams, no matter what our economic background and circumstances are. More importantly, it teaches us to accept mistakes and failure and learn to move on.

Thank you for smoking (2005)

Thank you for smoking (2005)
Thank you for smoking (2005)

This is a great watch for those wanting to learn a few things about crisis management, corporate communications, PR and negotiation tactics.

Topics covered include public relations, marketing and advertising campaigns, crisis management, corporate communications

Wall Street (1987)

WallStreet (1987)
WallStreet (1987)

In 1987, director Oliver Stone made Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) one of the most infamous characters in cinema history with his motto “greed is good.” The film centers on the illegal and unethical decisions made by Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) to become filthy rich like Gekko, a corporate raider.

What watch it? Don’t sell yourself out just for the sake of money. Remember, being an entrepreneur isn’t just about becoming rich and famous.

The Pursuit of happiness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness

Even though he became homeless and struggled to provide for his son, Chris never gave up on his dream. That passion and sacrifice is something every entrepreneur should be willing to embrace.


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