After Slumdog Millionaire began its winning streak throughout the world by winning BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and more famously, eight Oscars, most of the Indian (like me) and film critics (again, like me) liked it, India being the land of controversies had other ideas. They started slamming the film and called director Danny Boyle many dirty names which would be uncouth to mention here, as I would risk receiving an R rating for Shadow Line, which some controversy-lover would definitely like to give. I’ll try looking at some of these aspects and sort them out according to my understanding.
Movies like Taare Zammen Par were better movies than Slumdog Millionaire and should have won the Oscar.
Ignorant fools, behold! Can’t you understand that Slumdog Millionaire is a HOLLYWOOD film, and Taare Zameen Par is a BOLLYWOOD film? Get it? The Academy Awards are only for American films, and not for Indian ones. Indian films can only win an Oscar if they meet certain conditions. Did we give a Filmfare for Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, even though it won eleven Oscars? Did Titanic receive a Stardust award? No! Because they aren’t made for Indian audiences – the main target is Amercians! It is directed by a foreign director. So what if it was shot in India? When Kal Ho Na Ho was shot entirely in New York, did the Americans say complain about a foreign language film being shot on their soil? I hope you get my point.
Slumdog Millionaire did not deserve to get so many awards.
Why? Why does it not deserve so many awards? Other films nominated for the Best Picture category in the Oscars had certain flaws. The Reader had an unnecessary excess amount of lovemaking, Frost/Nixon was boring for many, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is quite boring too, although the storyline was damn strong. Milk had a strong message to give, but many were against its controversial topic. This leaves you with Slumdog Millionaire. Although the story line is pretty unbelievable, yet it is a great fantasy about love and hope during despair, which the world really needs during this financial crisis. It captivated hearts even though a third of the film is a foreign language, and it had a cast composed of no big stars. It had a great music score, for which Rahman deserved two Oscars. The sound mixing had trains arriving on tracks, which accurately resembled trains. Danny Boyle did an awesome job as a director, handling real people from slums without a common language to communicate. The screenplay was aptly modified to make the movie more pleasing and interesting. So there you are.
The blind(ed) kid could not possibly know of Benjamin Franklin’s existence on a hundred dollar bill.
Ok that, I agree, is a wee bit tough to justify. You must remember, Jamal and Salim (Malik) used to go to school. Similary, that child (Arvind) might also have learned about it in school. That does sound far-fetched, I agree. Another possible explanation could be that after begging for such a long time on the streets, he might have learnt about this fact from some American he must have come across. Remember – Salim and Jamal were very small when they left Maman, and now there were in their mid-teens – big enough to wander around Mumbai and work in restaurants.
Jamal did not mention Surdas in the flashback.
Even I was stumped at this one, but after watching it again, I found the answer. We need to me a bit more careful while listening to dialogues.
[Maman calls Jamal to sing that bhajan song]
Maman- “Yaar Jamal, wo Darshan Do Ghanshyaam wala gaana suna de; woh Surdas wala. Mera favourite bhajan hai woh.
Big mistake here. Sorry fellas.
India has been showcased as a poor country full of slums.
Well, people, wake up. Look around you. There are so many slums and poor people living way below the Poverty Line (which Rs 434 per month). Nearly 4.2 % of the population is food insecure. Children are really mutilated and forced to beg as shown aptly in the movie. And slums appear only for a mere fifteen to twenty minutes in the film.
Well, that pretty much sums it up. Comment about this, and we’ll debate.