Long Answer Type Questions
Q1. Naresh Dutt was surprised to see that Patol Babu was so much satisfied with his performance that he did not wait to get his payment. Comment.
Ans: Patol Babu was a meticulous man for whom acting was a passion and not a job. He got only a monosyllabic dialogue ‘oh’ to utter in his movie. He practiced hard for his role and executed it to perfection. He was happy with his performance and even the director and the leading actor praised his performance. Patol Babu thought that film people would not realize the importance of the hard work done by him. He felt that taking money for the small part he performed will be trivializing his performance. He was a passionate actor to whom creative satisfaction mattered more than money. That made Naresh Dutt a little surprised.
Q2. Who was Mr. Pakrashi and how did he instill the value of being true to one’s work in Patol Babu ?
Ans: Mr. Prakashi was the mentor and guru of Patol Babu. He always told Patol Babu whatever small part he was offered he should never consider it below his dignity to accept it. As an artist, his aim should be to make the most of the opportunity and squeeze the last drop of the meaning of his lines. When Patol Babu was given only a single dialogue ‘oh’ to utter, he thought of quitting. But when the words of wisdom of his mentor echoed in his ears, he came to terms with the small, role. He did it so well that everyone was all praise for Patal Babu. He did it with commitment and perfection.
Q3. Patience and hard work go a long way in achieving your goals. How does Patol Babu win the admiration of the director through a very small role? Write in 80-100 words.
Ans: Patol Babu was offered the role of a pedestrian in a film. He had expected to get a speaking part. He took it as an opportunity to prove his skill. But he was disappointed to see his role as it was a monosyllabic exclamation. He became angry to think that he had been humiliated. Then he recalled the precious advice of his mentor, Mr. Pakrashi, his guru who would say that a real actor should take each word of his role like a fruit of a tree and then he should pluck it and serve the essence of the word to the audience.
Using his patience he made himself calm and composed. Then he contemplated deeply and found that he had an ability to write a thesis on it. He started his rehearsal. He gave the director the valuable suggestion of reading a newspaper at the time of the collision. Instead of the two components suggested by the director, he added three components in his exclamation. Thus, he proved that patience and hard work played an important role in achieving his goals.
Q4. “Counting your chickens before they’re hatched, are you? No wonder you could never make a go of it."
As soon as Patol Babu gets the offer of a role in the film, he starts daydreaming of the success, money and fame he will achieve. Unfortunately, it does not work out that way. Write a speech in 120-150 words for the morning assembly on the topic—Dream big, but follow it up with action.
Ans: Good Morning!
Respected Principal Sir/Madam,
Vice Principal, teachers and all dear colleagues. Today I am going to throw light on the topic ‘Dream big, but follow it up with action’. The mere imagination of any success gives us immense pleasure. It is good to dream big. But meticulous endeavors must be started from the very day that one has the dream. You must have heard that one must deserve first before one desires.
Have you ever heard about a man who has become successful just by having a big dream? A big dream is a motivating factor. It makes one ready to commence one’s hard work. There must be proper introspection of the efforts after a certain interval. For achieving the goal one must be sagacious, diligent and patient. There must be an indomitable spirit in the individual. Man should dream once but continue his effort regularly. It is known that everybody will share our success but nobody will share our failures. Keeping this fact in mind, we must continue our efforts meticulously until the big dream seen by us becomes true.
Q5. Patol Babu always remembered the words of his mentor that one has to accept whatever is offered and make the best of any opportunity. Write a letter to a friend telling him about the value of hard work and the art of putting in your best. Write the answer in 120-150 words.
Ans: 21Z, G.K.7
New Delhi 1100XX 7 October 20XX
There is no substitute for hard work. I have heard this sentence so many times. But today I have realized the practical significance of this statement.
I was given the role of a pedestrian in a film. I was very excited as I got an opportunity to prove my ability. I was eager to know my dialogue well in advance so that I could start my rehearsal properly. But I was shocked to know that I had to utter only a monosyllabic exclamation, ‘Oh’. I became very angry and decided to leave the place.
In the meantime, the precious advice of my mentor, Mr. Gogon Pakrashi, came to my mind. He used to say that a true actor should make the best use of any opportunity. An actor must not bother about the size of the role. He should take the essence of the word and serve it to the audience. Recalling all this I was charged with a new energy. Using my patience I started my rehearsal and gave my best. Even a great film director like Baren Mullick appreciated me.
Now I have realised the immense significance of the two tools of human life. By dint of hard work and patience, even the impossible can be made possible.
With immense love
Q6. “Jolly good! Why, you’re quite an actor.” What are the difficulties that Patol Babu undergoes to earn these words of appreciation from the director of the film?
Ans: Patol Babu was taken aback to see his dialogue. He felt that they had deliberately humiliated an old man publicly. He became so angry that he decided that he would not play his role. In the meantime, he recalled the motivating advice of his guru and started pondering over the monosyllabic exclamation. Then he went to a lonely place and started rehearsal. An innovative idea came to him that he must be reading a newspaper at the time of the collision. This idea was liked by Baren Mullick. He permitted Patol Babu to do so. To make his role effective he mixed three components of emotions in pronouncing the sound ‘oh’ instead of the two components suggested by his director, It was his desire to get the applause of the audience that he became ready to tolerate ignominy and sufferings of the rehearsal. He also gave a message that one is sure to come across obstacles on one’s way to success.
Q7. Pick up instances from the story to show that Patol Babu was a good actor.
Ans: Right from his youth Patol Babu had proved that he had all the qualities of a good actor. While working in a local theatre he started his role as a dead soldier. Developing his skill he came to a high position in the theatre and started playing the main role in the drama. The audience was so impressed that they began to come only to see the role of Patol Babu. His name was given in bold letters in the poster of the drama.
Patol Babu surpassed all the characters when he was offered the role of a pedestrian in a film. He prepared for it so nicely that he performed it in a splendid manner. Even the director had to accept his valuable advice of reading a newspaper at the time of the collision. As an actor, his greatest quality was his sacrifice that he made after playing his role. Though the family was passing through financial crunch he left the place without taking his remuneration. From the aforesaid instances, it is quite conspicuous that Patol Babu was an excellent actor.
Q8. How did Patol Babu prove that money was nothing when compared to the satisfaction of doing a job with perfection and dedication?
Ans: Patol Babu was an unemployed man. He had lost his job and did not succeed as a businessman. His family was facing financial problems. It was difficult for him to run his family as he had no source of income.
After getting the offer of a role of a pedestrian in a film Patol Babu got a ray of hope to improve his financial condition. But he possessed the latent qualities of a true actor. When he got his role he became dejected. But very soon he reconciled with the situation and started meticulous preparation. Owing to his diligence and patience he prepared himself for the role so nicely that he gave a splendid performance and won the applause of everyone including the great director Baren Mullick. He felt spiritual pleasure as he had done the job with perfection and dedication. After that, he did not bother about the remuneration though he was in dire need of money.
Q9. “That’s odd – the man hadn’t been paid yet. What a strange fellow!” What traits of Patol Babu make him a strange fellow?
Ans: Naresh Dutt speaks these sentences. He visited the house of Patol Babu to give him the offer of playing the role of the pedestrian in a film. He saw two things — the bad economic condition of the family as well as the extreme desire of Patol Babu to play a role in a film. But when Patol Babu played the role, Naresh Dutt asked him to wait for a few minutes so that he could pay him the remuneration. After playing his role with perfection and dedication Patol Babu got so much satisfaction that he did not bother about the ar mnt that he had expected as his remuneration. He got spiritual pleasure and was in the seventh heaven. He measured the value of twenty rupees against his intense satisfaction and found the latter so important that he decided to leave the place without taking his remuneration. When Naresh Dutt came back he found that Patol Babu had already left the place without taking his remuneration. He was taken aback. Naresh Dutt realized the sacrificing attitude of a poor actor like Patol Babu and he called him a strange fellow.