Thursday, March 5, 2009

Slum Dog an Oscar Saga

I am not sure if the film Slum Dog Millionaire has made all those "slum dogs"Millionaire but I am sure it has made Millionaire to Danny Boyle for showing the slums of India , Guljar for writing a memorable song "Jai Ho" and Rehman for composing the music of the song, more interestingly the song has made millionaire to the music company for selling the rights to the Indian National Congress, who bought it for a Rs.2Crore,to play in election rallies and swap the other political parties with "Jai HO",in time to come, there may be many more who will be millionaire by the film popularity and business it is likely to do .But I have serious doubt if it will make millionaire to any of the slum dogs who got high hopes of rags to riches .

The life is like that only.Some 20 years ago Mira Nair made a film "Salam Bombay" the film was made on a good plot, which impressed many critics and public at large ,did good business and was nominated to Oscar too, Mira Nair made Millions out of the show. A Karnataka boy, Shafiq Syed who played role of Krishna in film, won the President's Medal also for best child artist but could do nothing better than driving an auto rickshaw on the roads of Bangalore .

Making fun of people's compulsion is the old habit of those who are blessed ,I remember when some one complaint about the non availability of good wheat, the leader flying in Helicopter suggested to eat "Double Roti" .There are many school of thought on showcasing the measurable conditions prevailing in poor localities and slums ,where even potable water is difficult to get, what to talk of other basic facilities.Some will say what is the harm if film makers are making stories on slums and getting nominations in Oscar ,there may be some who will advocate against it too.

In such circumstances I recall the biggest showman of the Bollywood a legendary Film maker who made super flop film "Mera Naam Joker" and lost his all money in the hope to make some, and made fun of himself by playing role of Joker ,how good it is to make fun of yourselves instead of others.I admire Sant Kabir who once said "कबीरा आप ठगाइए और ना ठगिये कोए ,आप ठगे सुख होते है और ठगे दुःख होएय " but any ways an Indian movie got the Oscar first time in history of 81 years so "I am also proud of my Nation who have made its place in Oscar list no matter at what cost".

Ajay Singh "Ekal"


Ishan_Qureshi said...

Sat Shri Akal Bhaiyya,

akumarjain said...

Welcome to blogsphere. Lage rahiye, koi to sunega, कोई तो सुधरेगा।

BargainBox said...

Hi Ajay, Great so see your blog. I have been living in a western country and I find that much of the commentry about Slumdog in India is very defensive.
I just got a DVD and saw it. I think it is a brilliant fast paced film, a movie with a bollywood type of storyline only it is very tight and gripping, no wet sari song and dances in this one.

Coming to the reactions of my kiwi friends who have seen the movie, it is basically a story of a slum kid, so it is not a commentry on India as a whole.

The storyline makes it very clear the kind of disparities that exist and there is a glitzy face of India as well. Disparities exist in every country, but for the average western viewer, the level of poverty in India vs the level of poverty in their country is the shock factor.

A poor kiwi lives in a run down house, drives an old car gets $ 140 per week from the government as dole. A poor Indian lives no better than a dog. Having said that, the world at large realizes that India is a global power, no doubt on that.

On a diffrent note, I think that the challenge before us as a nation, how should the growth be inclusive and how should the level of poverty be reduced. What economic model? what delivery model should be developed.

There are a lot of positives as well. The very first positive that a chinese friend of mine pointed out was that at least you live in a country where the issues are debated and brought out in the open. What's happening in China is not much better, it is hugely worse but then they don't talk or let anyone talk about it, in the eyes of the world media China is the next best thing to USA.

The level of knowledge of the international media about what really happens in China is shockingly poor. I think that major news organisations are nothing more than popcorn sellers - nothing very diffrent from our Bollywood.

PROOF - Name one news organisation that had a good investigative piece on the recession?

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