Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

The movie screenplay rips on like a juggernaut. I didn't understand Ebert when he said the story tells itself. Only when you watch the movie you understand. Multiple tracks criss cross along a central thread and despite this maintains clarity. No wonder it received an Oscar for editing.

A sad point - the India depicted here is real. So the "Slumdog debate" is not valid. The only thing that irks people here is that it portrays India in bad light to the western world. Fix your own house instead of fixing your prestige. However, where the movie strikes a discordant note is that not one aspect of India is shown in +ve light. That again is a distorted view. Arindam has a point. The movie has however made history, so this argument will stay on record for long.

Something that the oscars did:

1) Not one soul got up from the theatre when the titles started playing after the movie
2) Ovation when Rahman's name came up!

Slumdog Millionaire - controversial popularity forever!

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