SlumDog – Was it worth 8?
When everybody in India is preparing to welcome the music Maestro AR Rahman and the rest of the Slumdog cast, All I’m doing is looking back and imagining what was about the movie that fetched it 8 Oscar awards. Was it the story? Is it the caste? Were there some outstanding performances that I missed? Was it the direction or is it the spirit of Mumbai that makes Slumdog so special? I’m putting up to may be understand the reson behing Slumdog’s Oscar success. AS always, I give you the oppurtunity to leave the post now 😛
If you are still with me, I’m trying to get this discussion a little more organized.
Slumdog Millionaire is story about Jamal who lives in the Slums of Mumbai. Jamal grows up to be a millionaire by winning the popular televisions show, Who wants to be a millionaire.. Slumdog has a novel way fo telling the story, each question has a story to tell. Danny boyll enhances the relation between Jamal and Latika through the movie. Just like any other Inadian movie, they are a happy couple at the end. The climax however could have been thought of better. I was able to guess the twist!
Slumdog breaks rules of modern commercial cinema. It is not always recommended to use subtitles in a movie, but Slumdog has subtitles to explain the hindi conversations rather than having a Indian or a Foriegn voice narrate the story. Overall: It’s a good movie, Go see it.
If you have not seen the film, you may not be able to correlate with my thoughts about the Oscar nominations. But if you have seen the movie, I’m sure you should have a opinion or two about it.
‘AR Rahman is a legend, we new about it. Only the world had to know and now they know‘ – Bipasha Basu to NDTV.
Looking back at the movie, the only special about the movie that i’m able to recall is the music. Jai ho was good, but not fantastic. Ringa Ringa was nice, but not the best. The best of AR Rahman has either been in the past, or may yet to come.
A Hollywood movie finally decided to have background score, Thanks to that, Rahman takes two Oscar beauties. Aproud moment for India. However, this again was not his best. My personal favourite, ‘Guru bhai Guru bhai aavya che.. dhoomdhadaka kaira che..’. also composed by AR Rahman. The man is a genius and he deserves every single applaud from the world. But personally i would have preferred to see rahman being recognized for some other compositions.
India is filled with talent, Even ordinary children picked from the slums gave extra-ordinary performances. Now, that’s something the world knows post the movie and I’m proud of it.
“Mumtaz died in a road accident!”.. That was funny! And don’t forget the ‘Eeeeek’ Moment.. The Amitabh Autograph part.. Awwww..
Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto for Best Actor/ Actress?
Who decides the Nominations? I did my bit of research and understood that it is happens in a closed group. There are almost 600 Jury members around the world who take the decision. These Members need to be personally contacted for a screening or be sent home a DVD of the movie with the subtitle of their choice for them to put the movie up for nomination. It is like a vote, and this is how it’s been happening. No wonder Aamir khan had to travel all over the world to promote Lagaan and get it to be nominated.
Frieda pinto, Looks cute but not good.. probably had the shortest role in the movie.. Why was she even there i wonder..And to my surprise she is up for the best actress category. I’m not sure if it was for Oscars but she was put up in this category may be at other film festivals and awards. Dev Patel had a role to do, but that again not so exciting. The child artists had a better role play and they are the one’s that kept audinces on their seats , they are less reconized. Who really cares.. Slumdog is still a success.
Danne Boyll for best Direction..
There are many Indian directors that have directed a better movie than this one. My Personal favourite.. Lets stick with Slums.. Traffic Signal by Madhur Bhandarkar.. Leave alone the Oscars the movie was not even reconized at the Indian award functions.. Instead tmovies like Dhoom which carry no message, just a general entertainer win awards.
I guess this award was because he showed the Slums in Mumbai the way they are.. dirty and unsafe places to be. This is been unknown to the audiences around the world and therfore the award! I’m sure a lot of members of the Foriegn film faternity would have asked Danny about his experiences directing the film.. “It should have been terrible..” “It should have been tough..” should have been common statements discussing it. May be that is the reason he gets the award.
Best Editing and screenplay..
Now this one i call valid. Completely deserving. If it was directed for Indian Audiences it would have been a 3 hour bore.. because the movie was short and always focussing on the plot it deseved the credits.. The screenplay or story telling was well choreographed to keep the story going.
Where is the message?
Does the movie have one? I’m not sure.. A boy from the slum becomes a millionaire.. On his way experiences everythign bad about the country.. his brother goes into the underworld.. The girl is drawn into the world of ‘Paid Sex’.. everything about the movie has already been seen in a lot of movies.. Is there a message? Anil Kapoor says “It’s a story about how every single individual in our country has some talent. It’s a story about triumph. We have tried to showcase both the good and bad sides of India and only the bad ones are being talked about.”.. Whatever that meant.. I still don’t get the message..
All i can say, If not for a Foriegn director and producer, if this movie was directed for the Indian audiences, the movie would have done bad business, probably worse than what Rab ne bana di Jodi did.. Oh i hated the movie.. Not slumdog, but Rab ne.. Anushka tied me to the seat or i was to set the theater on fire.. 😛 It’s the first time the foriegn audiences are seeing a movie the indian stlye with dance, drama and music and i guess that probably was the reason for the achievements.
To summarize, Slumdog is big box office success, but not the best movie. The only reason that it won 8 oscar awards is probably because the other nominated movies didn’t do well. Proud of Rahman and proud of the rest of the caste to have achieved international glory. Congratulations India!
Ps: Comments welcome 😉