Monday, February 23, 2009

OSCAR in India with Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionare has been produced by Christian Colson and directed by Danny Boyle, neither of them is Indian but the fact remains that the body, soul, look, feel, actors, storyline, everything about Slumdog Millionaire is Indian. 

The movie gets the 8 out of 10 oscar awards in 81st Academy Awards. A.R. Rehman get's the 2 oscar and he would like to share these awards to indian poeples and he said "Mere Pass Maa Hai".

The film tells the story of Jamal Malik played by Dev Patel who is a contestant on the popular game show “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?” aka “Kaun Banega Crorepati”. The host of the show Anil Kapoor fails to understand as to how Jamal Malik answers all the questions to perfection despite being born and brought up in slums and abject poverty. The truth is the sheer coincidence of him knowing all the answers based on his experiences while growing up. The narrative is interesting and crisp with two simultaneous tracks running parallel – that of his present and his past. 

The entire music given by A R Rehman is the soul of the film. The lyrics and the music might be awesome to the international diaspora but we have seen equally good work by Rahman and Gulzar in the past too. Better late than never. 

A few things which confused me was the British accent of the boy who has been brought up in slums. Jamal Malik, who is working as a chai walla in a call centre does not know whose picture is it on an Indian rupee (Mahatma Gandhi). I was also left wondering during another sequence in the film when the show anchor of `Who wants to be...` hands over the contestant to the police without telling the producer of the show. But you do not remember these tiny mistakes by the end and that’s the deal

It might not be a perfect film but really a film which would make you feel very satisfied by the end of it. A touching film. Please go for it. NOW.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

When Priyanka spent night at SRK's place

Shahrukh Khan In the hour of adversity, Shahrukh Khan opened the doors of his home to Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapur .

The cast and crew of Vishal Bharadwaj’s movie Kaminay were shooting outdoors at Marine Drive on November 26 when terrorists attacked several hotspots of the city. Learning about the attacks, the unit packed up hastily and left for home.

However, according to reports now emerging, when Priyanka and Shahid were going home, they learnt of another terror attack in Juhu, where they were headed. With nowhere left to go, the duo reportedly called Shahrukh whose bungalow Mannat was nearby

The superstar invited them home and did not let them leave the place until morning when the police had surrounded the terrorists and the Juhu attack turned out to be a rumour.

Reports say SRK and Gauri Khan played good hosts.

Priyanka has on more than one occasion said that she is very fond of SRK with whom she has worked in Don . She is also doing a song appearance in SRK’s Billu Barber .