The ‘Rocky’ fan
Its one Sunday. A rainy day. October 2005. I am eagerly waiting for the movie ‘Rocky’ to be aired in Vijay TV. There was a sense of excitement in me as it is a film based on boxing. But little I know that this guy on screen going to show the path of life for me.
Not many fictional characters have influenced me like ‘Rocky’. Rocky was a small time boxer who lives in Philadelphia, goes on to meet the world champion in a fairy tale manner. He has nothing special about him. He is just another ordinary man who does something like boxing (yeah.. its just a way of earning for him), making the defaulters to pay the money to his boss to run his life. He is not a ‘hero’ material. He won’t do anything drastically which may bring harmony to the people around him. So what I like in him?
He was true. He never pretends to be some great person.
When his girlfriend Adrian asks him ‘Why anybody wants to be a fighter?’. He answers ‘If you want to be a fighter you should be a moron and bum’. When she says that he was not, he replies ‘I am at least half a bum’. 🙂
When he was called up by by the manager of Apollo Creed, the Champion, he thinks that he was called as sparring partner (Somebody who fights in practice sessions). When the manager explains that he was going to fight Apollo Creed he refuses saying he is no match to him and it won’t be a good fight. At last he was convinced by Creed’s manager.
Even to her loving girl, he keeps talking in a simple manner. He likes to be with her and he never scolds or shows his anger or frustration on her.
Towards his son he has great love and keeps calling him as champ. And when his son accuses him of making his life difficult, he tells him what he want to and never shows any anger. That’s a legendary dialogue,
The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life. Don’t forget to visit your mother.
The relationship between him and his coach is wonderful. The most interesting part between them is, after denying a locker for Rocky, Rocky gets the chance to fight for Heavyweight championship and Mickey comes to Rocky’s home. He asks Rocky to let him train him. But Rocky who feels he should have treated better shouts at him and the coach slowly moves out of home. After the coach makes few steps in the street, Rocky runs back to him and makes sure that everything is alright between them. He trains under him till he passes away.
He always does whatever help he can to the people around him. Even though he and his wife’s brother have differences between them he lets him to get money in whatever ways through him.
He was kind and gives respect to everybody. The way he talks with the animals is a treat to watch. He has respect to them too.
The boxer in him comes out only inside the ring. He is ready to take the hits and he always determined about going the distance (Lasting till the final round). He takes the pounding and keeps coming at his opponents. It won’t just take the physical power but needs will power. Well, the champions have that!!! HE IS A CHAMPION.
(Not able to get the original video of Rocky I which is more inspiring. This is a mix and its not bad)
Well… when he parted in the final part, I felt somebody in real leaving me. Some kind of grief stuck me. But one thing is, he has given me enough lessons to lead my life 🙂