Friday, January 23, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

Just before the release of the film Slumdog Millionaire on the soil of its making, a bunch of good news relating to the movie has followed in with cheers and joy. Firstly it has bagged the Golden Globe Award for the film, its director, other members and our own A.R. Rahman. We had not even digested the pleasures when the news of nominations for Oscar Awards have arrived with not one or two, but a spectacular ten nominations for Slumdog Millionaire. Composer Rahman accounts for three of them. This is too much of asking for anything.  It is simply ecstatic, this has made us speechless and on hearing the news it had taken most of our's breath away. Now, it's difficult to say, what would happen to us when Rahman would advance on the stage to accept the Academy Award for himself. Till the Awards are announced a couple of weeks from now, the Indian people may have to hold their breath and await with folded palms.

It is indeed a moment for taking pride alongwith the team led by Danny Boyle for the film. We have never experienced the sweetness of an Oscar before, except that of lone Bhanu Athaya for the film Gandhi. We wish to taste every bit of the cherished moment that is attached with Slumdog.

It does not astonish us anymore when the debates have begun on an issue whether the film Slumdog Millionaire is selling India's poverty to the western world. What really astonishes us is that the initiatives of the debate has been started by none other than Bollywood's megastar Amitabh Bachchan? What really inspired him suddenly to take the plunge? He is a person who never criticises other's film, we are rather used to hear good words from him all the time. He is decent, professional and has never ever been heard him insulting any one. However, this comment of Bachchan for the film Slumdog Millionaire has indeed dismayed us for not any one reason, but for many.

Firstly, the film showing the poverty of India is not anew to anyone. What would rather attract the westerners is the fact that the talents can also be found from the debris of poverty. The spirit and liveliness of children who barely fill up their belly, would indeed amaze the prosperous and opulent. If the film could bag the Oscar, the people from all over the world would invariably visit India to have a glance at those underprivileged people alongside their visit to the elegant Taj Mahal. They would then understand what India really means.  This country is a mixture of heaven and earth where the extreme rich and utter impoverishment live together.  Here one could see the elegant Taj Mahal, the picturesque Five Star Hotels surrounded by poverty and meagerness developing in the vast slums. As it more sounds like a festival in the offing, it would be appreciable if all of us, including Mr. Bachchan, join the cavalcade rather than disrupt the avalanche of accolades it would receive.


Blogger rupak said...

would agree whole heartedly. and Mr. Bachan has always sold the indian poverty in all his films as well. All films of his have shown the rise of some small kid from the slums to grow into a Don or whatever the director fancied.

In any case, this is a film which showcased the same in a much more elegant manner.

February 4, 2009 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Mahi Prasad said...

oh, what a comparison you have made.

February 8, 2009 at 9:31 PM  

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