Monday, January 12th, 2009 | Author:

There is more than one reason perhaps, why we should feel proud about Danny Boyle’s gritty and on-your-face portrayal of Bombay through his recently released film called ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. It has won four awards at the ‘Golden Globe’ ceremony held at LA. The film got recognized in all the four nominated divisions. Screenplay, original music score, direction and the best motion feature- Drama. Such is a hype that many believe that this film is going to give a tough competition at the Oscars.

The film is tribute to Mumbai, as the director says. It is a story of an Indian city which recently came under attack by gunmen last year. Location and setting, performers, the music composer, the story (based on Vikas Swarup’s Q & A) all have a common thread –India. Mumbai being home to the production of hindi films, it has always attracted attention by western filmmakers.

The film also perhaps has taken a clue of rise of the entertainment industry and the number of reality shows that is increasing by the day in India. Loosely based on dramatic events or non events for that matter in the main protagonist’s life post KBC is what it is. Kaun Banega Crorepati which is an original replica of popular British TV show Who wants to be a Millionaire?  The film also touches real estate mongers, red light business, gangster rivalry, songs and dance (archetype bollywood), action a masala film to cut it short. “Hard to believe an outsider can create such a clean film on us (Indians)” a colleague says.  The pirated versions of the film is out in the market and some of us have caught hold of it for sure, but I wish to watch it out in the big screen and enjoy desi Rahman. Keep up the good work and I would also like to give credits to Sukhwinder Singh and Irfan.

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6 Responses

  1. 1

    Now who could be so biased? Considering the fact that India makes over 2000 small and big films every year. Some that win accolades and honors everywhere, except in certain places where the film alone does not matter. The Jury Does! So do we actually stand a chance in front of a most white, all foreign jury? I wish i knew the answer to that. A.R Rahman finally getting global recognition. The music he has produced over the ages has truly touched the hearts and lives of people all over the world, of course except the men that constitute award jury’s.

    My best wishes to the Slumdog Millionaire team for the Oscars.

  2. I do agree with Reynold, Even I always felt the jury to be biased, OR might be its We, who always fail to send our best movies to the nominations of the academy awards..!! 😐

    Anyways atleast this way Indians have something to cheer about ..!! I also wish Slumdog Millionaire to do wonders to grab atleast one (if not some) Oscars as well ..!! 🙂

  3. Loved the movie – but I think it’s a bit more insightful for a foreign-to-India audience. But excellent screenplay. Deserves all that it has come to accomplish so far.

    Oscars have been so capricious off late. You can never tell what they’re thinking, but keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

  4. 4

    Ridhi, I will be catching up this movie for sure!

  5. 5

    AR Rahman has come up with 6 super melodious and addictive numbers from his new film Delhi-6. I urge readers to go and fetch its music album once to believe what I say!

  6. 6

    Congratulations Rahman for everything. We are proud of you. But I must say, You have done better work before. But, all is well that ends well. Miles to go, We want more of those statues!!


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