Friday, February 27, 2009

False Pride

Head lines of Bombay Times the day Oscars were announced :

"Slumdog makes India proud with 8 Oscars"

"India has never shone like this before...."
"There's not a single Indian heart that does not seem to be echoing the sentiment, 'Yes, we have done it'."

And the first thing tht comes out of my mouth is WTF !!!

say Rahman made us proud... i agree
say Resul Pookutty made us proud... i agree
say Vikas Swarop made us proud... i agree
maybe i wud even agree for Lovleen Tandon or Freida Pinto or ne of those Indian actors in the movie or the technicians of the movie

but how the hell did Slumdog winning at the Oscars make us proud???
Ridiculous !!!

They did the same thing when Water had acclaimed international fame... no production house was ready to accept the movie here but aftr it was made under international banner... oh then thr we r to claim it as an indian movie and ready to come under the wings of fame... or whtever u wanna call it

Calling slumdog an indian movie is equal to calling Kal ho na ho an american movie since it was based in America.... Oh... sorry maybe ppl wud argue here saying tht the actors were indian and the story was abt an indian isnt it??

Dev Patel to my knowledge is British

I do agree tht we indians are happy for Rahman .... and as for me i am more than happy for him (and equally for gulzar, sukhwinder and resul pookutty).... an indian to win the oscars ... wht more cud ne one ask for

But being happy for slumdog??? C'mon its lagaan tht we shud b happy for not slumdog... no matter wht argument u giv me... i stick to my opinion... dnt want u to agree to it... but when wud we realize...especially the press which adds up to half the reason ....tht IT IS NOT WE WHO SHOULD BE PROUD.....We were only the subjects of the movie... WE ARE NOT THE MOVIE MAKERS... Danny Boyle is not Indian.....the credit for the movie goes to HIM not US !!!

and as for the movie ... i wanted to write abt it earlier.... but cudnt...

my review for the movie Slumdog Millionaire

the first half of the movie is awesum where the camera work esp in the song "they cant touch me" is god !!!
the scene of amitab's arrival and the way they travel in the train and how he becomes a guide.... really shot well and for the story i dont knw whom to giv credit to.... vikas swarop or danny boyle

but things were goin pretty well till a few things seemed a lil out of place... i still find it illogical tht the blind kid knew tht benjamin franklin was the man on a 100 bill.... c'mon i dnt knw it myself and i am sure most ppl dnt.... if it was asked abt a normal indian currency it wud still have made sense.... even if i assume he went to school b4 getting his eyes gauged out....atleast i wasnt taught this in my school.... as to which famous personality is printed on which american bill

nd for sumone who has been watching movies on general mumbai slums and movies like salam bombay, maybe this movie wudnt have appealed so much incase u didnt knw tht it was an oscar nominated movie or tht it won a golden globe or tht it was made by a non bollywood man.... knwing the background of the movie itself makes a lil diff i guess.... coz all the while tht i was watching the movie thr was this bell constantly ringing in my head tht kept reminding me.... "this is danny boyle who made the movie... not madhur bhandarkar or ram gopal verma"... and i sumhow myself automatically appreciated it more to think tht a foreigner who understood the depth of making a movie on the slums of mumbai... wow!!! now tht is wht i appreciated more than the movie itself... havent read the book so cant say whether it is a good adaptation or no... but danny boyle has definetly done a fantastic job and done total justice to "slums of mumbai".... i wonder if the movie wud have been appreciated the same incase it was made by ne indian director :D
and i shud say... awesum acting by the two slum kiddos..... u deserve an oscar if it was in my hands :D

finally.... the only ppl i think deserve a hats off are Rahman (and gang) and Resul Pookutty !!!

and danny boyle for understanding the depth of the literature and making such a good movie

and to all those ppl falsely feeling happy tht slumdog has made it in the oscars.... i pity u :|


Nithya said...

I totally totally agree. I was so proud, I cried a little when Rehman went on stage to take his 1st Oscar.
But the movie itself, isn't our achievement and it's hypocritical of us to try and take credit for it.
I was reading yesterday that the Congress Govt. was trying to take credit for it as well. I'm not really sure how though :p

Vipin Kumar said...

I agree with the rehman part ..but with all the brouhaha with slumdog being an indian victory is just preposterous.

< i know ..two big words..hehe :P >

Prashant said...

nice post.. i totally agree..

Ravali said...

thanx :)