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If you buy things that you don’t need, one day you will have to sell things that you do need," Bhargav Krishna, the protagonist of the movie One Idiot, quotes Warren Buffet, when explaining money management to his teenager neighbours in the society he lives.

Directed by Amol Gupte of Stanley ka Dabba fame, One Idiot is an initiative by the IDFC Foundation to educate the youth of India to be financially independent. The movie was launched on 23 November in Mithibai College, Mumbai. By next week, the movie will also be shown in JJ College of Arts, Mumbai. Eventually, the foundation aims to cover 25-30 colleges across the country.

Krishna, who is cast in his real name on the screen, equates independence with “dignity" and “security" and exhorts teenagers to start investing early.

And that’s where we get to peep into the other part of Krishna’s life. The little one gives it away when he tells his elder brother Prashant that he would be able to pay for his and his girlfriend’s expensive tickets to a show as he had accumulated about Rs62,000 by investing the lump sums he got from relatives and friends and saving from his pocket money through systematic investment plans. Stumped, Prashant asks him how and Chota relates to him the financial knowledge he has acquired from Uncle Bugs and reveals his real worth, Rs100 crore, and that’s how the story spreads. So Uncle Bugs has a surplus to send his wife and son for an art appreciation course and indulge in his interests—music and cooking. All because he started saving systematically ever since he was a teenager himself and planned his finances all through.

This comes as a contrast to Prashant and Chota’s parents, played by Raymon Singh and Rahul Singh, seen struggling between credit card bills, monthly instalments and expensive aspirations, earlier in the film.

The movie is strewn with real-time interviews from teenagers which clearly showcase the unawareness and unwillingness of the youth to save and invest.

The movie gives the right basic financial messages: start saving early, do systematic investing in mutual funds, buy insurance only when you need it and don’t bundle it with investment, have an asset allocation between equity and debt and so on. Watch it now at http://oneidiot.in/videos/.

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