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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.

filmnotes1205_5001Slumdog 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.

rahman-oscars-cp-6298174‘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.

slum-dog-millionaire1

“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.

freida-pintoFrieda 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!

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  1. good
    February 26, 2009 at 2:36 am

    good movie and every actor has done excellent job

  2. Kunal
    February 26, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Not so good either, if you are looking from an Indian point of view that is.
    There have been better films on a similar subject in India which have been unknown to the world. It’s now that Indian movies will start getting recognition that it deserves, thanks to Slumdog Millionaire..

    It was a movie made for the Non Indian Audiences and therefore the awards and the recognition it deserves.
    Thanks for coming and commenting 😉 Every comment is appreciated!

    Kunal

  3. February 26, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hmm.. you were right, I cannot relate to your review, because I haven’t seen the movie..Yes I haven’t..!!! But I have heard the music. And I’ve also heard A.R. Rahman in films like Roja, Bombay, Dil Se and many others, which were definately better scores than SM.
    I think you said it just right at the end.”The only reason that it won 8 oscar awards is probably because the other nominated movies didn’t do well.”
    But then again, an Oscar is an Oscar..is an Oscar!! So Jai Ho!! 😀

  4. Kunal
    February 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Ambika

    Oscar is an Oscar.. Jai Ho!
    now Indian movies will get the recognition they deserve, don’t be surprised if we see more Indian movies making it to the world stage.. And this time I hope the movie is completely Indian.

    However i think i have to change my opinion, read some reviews about the other movies and they ain’t that bad.. I did also read this. And realized the real reason.

    The movie is made for the Non Indian audience, an Audience that has not seen such a movie, an Audience that is so used to seeing Shah Rukh Khan dancing in New York streets (this is no Fun), but Slumdog is.. Therefore the Oscars..

    Kunal

  5. February 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I did read the post that you mentioned.. I think that is absolutely a different perspective & rightly explains the Oscars!!!
    As its mentioned there, SM has recieved the Oscars & other International awards because it was specifically intended for that kind of an audience!

  6. Kunal
    February 26, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Ambika

    Nobody is even talking about smile pinky.. the movie was truely Indian..

  7. February 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I didn’t even know such a movie existed, until it got the award!! And THIS is exactly the point of concern!!!!

  8. Kunal
    March 2, 2009 at 9:11 am

    @Ambika..
    This is India.. JO dikhta hai vahi biktha hai..
    I wonder why Frieda got so much attention from the media that Pinky! Personally, I think we are getting to an age where media will change the way we live..

  9. vishal
    April 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    this movie was def hyped…i m a huge follower of rahman nd i love all his work…but jay ho was nt his best….it was just the hype becuz of which this song won d oscar…

  10. Kunal Janu
    April 15, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    There is some real good statements made by BJP in the last few days..
    They thank the congress government for the oscars.. What they believe is that if Congress was not in power, India would not have had slums.. No Slums, No Slumdog.. and No Slumdog, No Slumdog Millionaire.. No Slumdog Millionaire , no Oscars!

    Kunal Janu

  11. vineet
    July 18, 2009 at 11:30 am

    hey if u talk something whch can be considered as a good movie than india would always be standing tall and we make more sensible movie.but this oscar winning movie was not worth it there are many good movies in past that were not even recognized like art movies that came from indian origin .but as far as slumdog is considered this won 8 oscar just because it had a englishh director..where as some talented which come from india are untouched…asa far as a.r rahman is considered he has done better job in the past than this one…but a movie showing how pathetic india looks and allgrey side of india and it wons oscar it seems pathetic

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