Movies and Shows Every Exam Aspirant Should Watch

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Pratidwandi (1970) 

This film by Satyajit Ray is based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay. The film tells the story of Siddhartha, a young unemployed graduate, navigating the changing cityscape and building his political ideologies. 

Million Dollar Baby (2004) 

This sports drama film directed by Clint Eastwood is the story of Maggie, an aspiring boxer and her journey mentored by the initially skeptical trainer, Frankie. This film is an inspiring story of building skill and determination. 

Kota Factory (2019) 

This coming of age web series directed by Raghav Subbu is set in Kota, the city that has countless training schools for public examinations. This show depicts the journey of Vaibhav and his friends, trying to figure out life and aiming for admissions into IIT. 

Whiplash (2014) 

This film by Damien Chazelle is the story of Andrew, a young talented drummer who is mentored by an unconventional and hard-boiled teacher. Through this testing period of training, we see Andrew’s dedication and desire for excellence

12th Fail (2023) 

This film directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra is based on the real life story of Manoj Kumar Sharma, who overcame poverty to become an Indian Police Service officer. The film speaks of a passion and commitment that so many people like Manoj have towards joining the All India Services. 

Aspirants (2021) 

This show directed by Apoorv Singh Karki is the story of three friends, Abhilash, Guri and SK. The show tells the story of their past as UPSC aspirants and also delves into their present lives, outside world they had created.