Farhan Live At Xpressions’2017 | XIMB!

Every time I look in the mirror, I want to see a man whose mother, sister, wife, and daughter are proud to call their own.

In this age of misconstruction, it’s heart-warming to see someone take a stand; even if it means looking at the future with an unbridled sense of optimism.

Ladies, gentlemen, and members of all the other gender communities: that’s Farhan Akhtar for you. Director, producer, singer, actor, activist; when the student fraternity of Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB) was told on a starry night (no pun intended) that Farhan Akhtar is going to grace Xpressions – the annual management & cultural fest of XIMB, the reverie which followed was resounding!

Farhan Akhtar is one of those people who just exude this aura of nonchalance, strangely coupled with this uncanny ability to pick the pulse of what is happening around. Right from directing his first film, “Dil Chahta Hain”, which I believe was one of the favourites, coming-of-age films for a lot of us in the early 2000’s, to experimenting with a revered classic like “Don”, to finally getting behind the vocals for a very relatable character (Aditya Shroff, Rock On), which he himself played, Farhan Akhtar seems to have done it all!

And it goes without saying, that everyone: in, from, and around XIMB, is waiting with bated breath for the concert night of Xpressions. It’s like “Magik” happening all over again, after almost a decade! It was breath-taking to watch him charge up the stage, with his one-of-a-kind voice and singing style, and an encore of that in the hallowed grounds of XIMB, which has seen the likes of Shankar-Ehsan-Loy, Arijit Singh, Amit Trivedi, Mohit Chauhan, Salim-Sulaiman, Vishal-Shekhar, Euphoria, Lucky Ali, and KK, would be nothing short of spectacular.

The business school life has a charm of its own. Meme-worthy, our lives revolve around case studies, business competitions, LinkedIn stalking, and ultimately growing and nurturing our networks. The things which we learn outside the classroom, backed with theories that we learn within the four walls, make us who we are. Sleep is a luxury, and the exam schedule is just a schedule. Because let’s be honest: between all the quizzes, presentations, and assignments, term examinations, whether in the middle of the term or at the end of it, is more of a norm than an aberration. Hence, when we do get the opportunity to let our hair down, we grab it with both our hands (and some more!).

The riveting singer, who has played many memorable characters across the breadth of the last decade, wait. Singer? No, I meant actor. Or wait, maybe I meant producer. Definitely a director. Jeez, that’s Farhan Akhtar for you, I tell you. You just can’t put him in a box, and that’s what makes him special.

As an institute, we have had the honour of being graced by eminent personalities from various walks of life. From industry stalwarts to media honchos, from social activists to bass guitarists, we get a motley of ideas and thoughts to craft what we choose to believe in. Our management fest, Xpressions, is a great arena for us to manifest those learnings into something for years to remember for. And nothing beats in comparison to the Concert Night. It’s not just the whole campus, but the entire city throbs with this new-found energy. And to have Farhan Akhtar be a harbinger of this energy is just the cherry on the top.

“Ik baat honthon tak hai jo aayi nahin

Bas ankhon se hai jhaankti

Tumse kabhi, mujhse kabhi

Kuch lafz hain woh maangti

Jinko pahen ke honthon tak aa jaaye woh

Awaaz ki baahon mein baahein daalke ithlaaye woh

Lekin jo yeh ik baat hai

Ehsaas hi ehsaas hai

Khushboo si hai jaise hawa mein tairti

Khushboo jo be awaaz hai

Jiska pata tumko bhi hai

Jiski khabar mujhko bhi hai

Duniya se bhi chhupta nahin

Yeh jaane kaisa Raaz hai.”


Imraan Querishi (our very own Farhan Akhtar), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (penned by the revered Javed Akhtar)

Farhan Akhtar, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar awaits you. Eagerly.

Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar

Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubhaneswar is one of the most coveted B-schools in India. Established in the year 1987, XIMB is known for quality education in the field of Management and creation of future entrepreneurs. XIMB offers to its students three prestigious programmes; Business Management, Global MBA and Executive-MBA. 30 years and still going strong, XIMB strives to achieve its mission of making managers with a human face.