How you felt about Slumdog millionaire?
March 1, 2009 12:38am CST
Slumdog millionaire a film which was critically acclaimed and at the same time won the 8 oscars for different categories is all about India. It has portrayed the worst section of India, which according to Indians is a bad thing. But India has lots to be portrayed rather than just the slums and the poor section of the population. Even the most developed countries do have the poor section, so there is nothing special in it.
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2 Mar 09
I have not watched the movie but I have mixed reactions, as an Indian, to it receiving 8 Oscars. India has sent many movies to the Oscars previously and if quality of cinema is the criterion then we have to admit that there are many movies in India which are very high in the quality quotient with regards to the story, acting, directing etc. BUT none of those movies ever won any Oscar (foreign film category) for reasons which we need to introspect. Oscars, I feel, are mainly a western event with a pan-Christian following in countries which are either leaned towards the western nations or have a sizeable Christian population or similar cultures. While I am not being a racist here, I have heard and seen films from developing nations or small European nations getting the Oscar in the foreign film category and all these nations are either Christian majority or have a distinct alignment with the west. And many of our Indian art films are no less meaningful and poignant and beautifully made than those foreign films, yet, we have never won and Oscar. And now we have won because a British director has made this film and most of the staff and crew and producer are all British or westerners and I see the same link all over again. We did need a western hand to win the Oscar and I do not like that. However, I am definitely proud of Rehman and Resul AND my favourite Gulzar. All their achievements were distinctly personal and had nothing to do with western influences. Gulzar I must add, needed more mention than he got…oh well, he lives on in a billion hearts!
• Quezon City, Philippines
2 Mar 09
Well I guess that is something I have to see since I haven't seen the movie as of yet. Well I really have no idea why it won that much attention to Oscar's Judges maybe it was new to their eyes and the story was not something everybody knows from around the world. I have to see it to really see if they really deserved to be awarded like that.
1 Mar 09
I actually liked it. It's true that it shows what probably is the worst section of India but we don't believe that India is all that. I'm sure a lot of people are also aware of the beautiful things about your country. I worked in an international company based in Malaysia and was able to develop friendships with people from India.
1 Mar 09
Well, I have seen Slumdog Millionaire. This is not the first time that a film is pointing out the worst section of India. We have already seen many films in many languages pointing this out. However, I feel that 8 Oscars for something which doesn't have anything extraordinary is a waste. Of course the direction, screenplay etc.. are good and ARR's music is also good I personally feel that other films in with nearly the same script have not been nominated for any of the Oscars because of INDIAN production. ARR has done far better in many other Bollywood and Kollywood films but the the production I think has played an important role. But I agree with everyone, this film has NOTHING extraordinary in it. Just another normal film portraying the poverty of India.
1 Mar 09
yes..they have showed forced beggary.. other aspects shud also be covered but in then a movie is movie.. I m happy that this movie saved two lifes froms those slums which we have never imagined.!! the govt has given them flats and their talent is recognised too.!! dont u think so..??
1 Mar 09
Well mother India or Lagaan were movies that too showed the poverty stricken face of India and got to the Oscar nominations.India being a country of 1.2 billion people can't expect all her citizens to live a life of luxury. Poverty exists in every country and its a truth. So is the fact that India has one of the most numbers of entrepreneurs. Movies are just movies and they should be used for entertainment only. Moreover Slumdog has a script of rags to riches which has been filmed many times here too so its fine. Just because it got Oscar we Indians don't need to feel that world saw the poor side only. Everybody knows what India is and no matter they except it or not I am proud to be an Indian.Religious strife exixts in USA, UK, China and so too in India.
• United States
1 Mar 09
I really liked it and I thought it showed a lot more than just the poorness of India. It showed the strife in religion, it showed the color and vitality of India. And it showed us that no matter where we are in the world we all want love and our happily ever after.
• Bangalore, India
1 Mar 09
Yes sridhar I agree with you its not the only thing in India to highlight there are many other things. Our country is rich in culture and heritage, isn't it? Ours is the country where women and elders are respected when compared to others.