Get it right
So refreshing to see one of the blithely accepted, rarely discussed and often ignored aspects of Indian society portrayed with such clarity. Gone are the rose-colored glasses. What we have here is an honest, unapologetic view that sets the stage for Jamal & Lathika’s love story.
One of the most telling moments in the film for me occurred when Salim shot Maman. Lathika, the first to shake off the shock, hurries to gather the money on the floor. Like I said – honest and unapologetic.
The rise of the ‘new India’ is also shown and how remarkable to see the adaptability and resilience of the Indian masses.
Why are we so incensed that a Brit has dared to make a comment on Indian society? Don’t you think all this post-colonial angst is a little old?
If the goal is to always portray India in the best light possible, then are we to look only to Karan Johar-esque films where the ideal is an NRI with an estate?
Or is it the current global socio-economic climate that has us itching for a more flattering close-up? If so, then by all means, let us continue to drag women out of pubs by their hair and beat them in the middle of the street. That should make India look exceptionally photogenic.
Chandni Bar won two National Awards and the story, while brilliant, was lacking in hope. It left you bereft and with a feeling of utter helplessness, as was intended. From the success and accolades that film garnered, one can venture to guess that Slumdog’s portrayal of Mumbai’s slums isn’t the issue that has ruffled so many Indian feathers. Get over it and go see an exceptional cinematic ode to India.
I won’t speak to the technical aspects of the film, but the human element makes a powerful contribution to the movie’s appeal. And as proven by the 8 Oscars Slumdog earned (yes, earned), this appeal is universal. Everyone loves an underdog, even if he comes from the slums of Mumbai.
Slumdog Millionnaire – Jai Ho!
For all you hypocrites who think Slumdog was given so many awards just to patronise or as a channel for Hollywood to enter India’s massive movie market, you’ve got it wrong boys… and even if that were to be true, let it be. Its a good thing for the Indian film fraternity to have better production values, movies with high end technicality and the chance Indian makers and actors have been waiting for, to prove themselves in the global domain.
Get one thing straight, Slumdog had won awards because it is an English movie made in India in a very Indian way. That is something totally new to an international audience though it is common for us here. Danny Boyle had the brains to come to India, understand the Indian film making style and give a wonderful movie to the world.
It is only because of Slumdog’s sucess that Hindi, Tamil and a Malayalam accent were spoken on the Oscar stage, Rahman’s currently flooded with offers and also half a million of his previous records are sold in the U.S within a week’s time.
This is Indian cinema’s big break people…India had arrived on the global movie stage.