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.