Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Slumdog’s Letter to AMPAS & fellow Slumdog Indians...

To

Academy Awards Juries & Voters of the 81st Academy Awards,

C/o Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS),

8949 Wilshire Boulevard,

Beverly Hills, California 90211

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen (if any),

I am an ordinary citizen of India writing this letter to you without prejudice. I was also one of the souls, who were over hyped by the fact that for the first time an Indian has been nominated in the top brass of the academic awards confined by your esteemed institution. After seeing the Oscar winning movies like The Departed, A Beautiful Mind, and Titanic and of its likes I had a big opinion about the award confined by you. I was also cheerful of the fact that the Indian won an award in the Academy Awards fest. But I happened to see the film which won 8 awards this time including the Best motion Picture and Best Director awards only yesterday. I was thoroughly disappointed with your judgment. The reviews I heard about the movies were REALISTIC, FEEL-GOOD, AMAZING PERFORMANCES and EXCELLENT MUSIC SCORE.

Let me ask you the following questions your Excellencies;

1) How can a boy growing in a slum able to talk with a British Accent without any proper schooling or any training? Do you mean to say if you are born in a slum you will automatically get a hang of that language or accent?

2) What do you mean by the movie being realistic? You mean showing the Dhaaravi slum – please watch Naayagan, a Tamil movie for more realistic approach; You mean showing the child sexual labor- please watch Mahaanadhi, a Tamil movie for more realistic approach; You mean showing the child beggars- please watch Naan Kadavul, a Tamil movie for more realistic approach; You mean showing growth from rags to riches- watch Guru, a Hindi movie for more realistic approach.

3) What do you mean by feel good, sirs and madams? That a slumdog won the millionaire game show is it? We have so many movies where the hero wins no matter how many obstacles he faces, SRK movies and Vijay movies are classic examples. Whatever problem comes in his way he will definitely win. As SRK himself said in one film, “If there is a sad ending then it means the movie is not over yet”. This is the formula of all Indian films sir. If that is the case me nominate the movie Kuruvi acted by a famous Tamil Actor Vijay sirs and madams. That movie has a scene where he flies across a distance of about a kilometer and more without any equipment, may be you should give him the best actor award sirs and madams.

4) If you say the concept is very original then I am sorry to say sirs and madams, that there was a similar film in Tamil which ran successfully for two days (of which one day was the premier), the movie’s name is KALAKARA CHANDRU, where the hero Navarasanaayagan Karthik (not my blogger friend Kartik sirs and madams, because my friend can act better than the actual hero) had to get money for some girl’s father’s operation and also to save a small girl and so many problems in his way because of money and he participates in WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE- Tamil Version and he wins the show sirs and madams so the concept is pretty old for us- the normal slumdog Indians.

5) What’s with realistic approach sirs and madams? Where in the world do a guy and a girl dance in a railway station along with side dancers (except for Indian movies)? Many of my friends who are not Indians always ridiculed me for having songs in between the Indian films where hero and heroine dance around the tree? Do you mean to say that this movie is realistic because there is no tree?

6) Even though “Jai Ho” song is good to hear, it is in a completely wrong place, and back ground score sirs and madams, please watch ARR’s other movies where he has given a better background score than this, this year I really thought Dark Knight will crab the music category too apart from the brilliant performance by Late Accidental over dose Ledger. For better music listen to Illayaraja’s background score and music in Cheeni Kum sirs and madams.

7) Speaking again about realistic film making, you said Lagaan missed the point that hit wicket was not in cricket before the year 1900 (I am not sure about the exact date sirs and madams being from a slumdog country) and Lagaan missed out the Oscars, whereas this movie showed a host of a TV show who abuses the participant, let me put you to all the TV producers around the world sirs and madams, do you think will they allow any TV hosts (whoever they may be) to abuse their participants (apart from shows like WHO IS THE BEST BULLY) and still you considered this film to be a realistic one. Now I should write to Aamirji asking him to reshoot Lagaan to make sure that English masters win the match and Aamir’s team lose it so that he can resend it for Oscars, I am sure he will grab the Oscar if that was the ending, sirs and madams. But I am sure Aamirji being a true Indian like many of us will not prefer such an award.

8) I read somewhere sirs and madams if this movie was taken by an Indian director, it would not even be nominated for a film fare award in India (which I believe is to be a true statement). You still rule us indirectly sirs and madams. You cannot take the fact that even during this economic crisis India faces 7.4 % GDP growth.

9) Anyways congratulations for conducting the 81st award ceremony in a grandeur manner.

With best regards,

A Slumdog Indian.

P.S: Only good thing about the film is another girl to love, for my friend Kartik (only after Shreya and Genelia), Freida Pinto, so let me consider that you gave so many Oscars to the film just for her. Cheers.



To

Slum Dog Indians,

C/o Statistical and Demographic Department of India,

India.

Dear fellow slumdogs,

Now wag your tails, oscar is here, but at the price of our pride. Yeah you can point that finger on me and question me, ridicule me, asking me, “Why can’t you face the fact. Why don’t you accept the truth?”. I know my dear fellow slumdogs, I know my country is not perfect, we have slum dwellers, we have rape, dacoity, child sexual labours, corruption and what not? But I love this country. My mom may not be as beautiful to others eyes as Frieda Pinto is but she is the beautiful woman to me and I will not tolerate anyone talking about her.

I don’t understand what’s there to cherish about the Oscars and about the movie, it seems half of us even prayed to God that India should get Oscars but at what cost? Dear fellow slumdogs, listen to me, India got Independence some 61 years back before that we were ruled for the Britishers for more than 3 centuries and USA got Independence some 232 years back. Today both these nations know the fact that without Indian brains and Indian market they cannot survive. Check our population and check the diversity amidst us, if given such circumstances to any other land I am sure they would be rotten by now. There are people in India, who still love this country and work for its betterment and at least for them we should stop encouraging such films and books abusing India. Open your eyes slumdogs you will know why we are still called a third world, why we are still being abused as people from the cage.

If they say we have caste riots they have race riots, if they say our crime rate is high check the statistics of crime in the so called developed nations USA (here and here) and UK (here). I don’t understand where or why we are still seen as downtroddens? If you know the answers write back to me.

With Love,

A fellow slumdog

71 comments:

suganya said...

so true arun.I agree with you

Anonymous said...

renday vaarthaila kamaentanumna... JAI HO :)

~gils

Lancelot said...

@ Suganya
thank u

Anonymous said...

i wanted my post to be a movie review rather than expressing my views abt the content..urs was bang on target..semma nacchu...nejamavay oru lawyer ezhuthina pola iruku :D :D

~gils

Lancelot said...

@ Gils anna

yarukku ennakaa illa oscar sangathukka?

Lancelot said...

//nejamavay oru lawyer ezhuthina pola iruku :D :D //

ithulla etho ullkuthu irukkura mathiri irukkae :P

moi said...

So your against the film huh??

Lancelot said...

@ Tu

yes personally I am against the film :)

Anonymous said...

Thookam kanna sokkudhe!!!!!

Lancelot said...

@ anonymous

orama paai poduren satham podama sleep ok??

Anonymous said...

Un poste podhum!!! Tamilan valantha innoru tamilanukku pidikaadhu pola!!! :)

Lancelot said...

@ Anonymous

postta padikkama ivlo sceneaa???ARRehman oscar vaangunathu pathi yaarum sollala...mothalla psotta padinga...appuram inga vanthu tamilan telugunu ellam scene vidra vellai venam- i believe in being an Indian than a particular race...

moi said...

Its a good film, just cos it received too much popularity and awards, people are angry!!

Lancelot said...

@ Moi

i am not a person who simple comments just because the movie has bashe India, I dont think this movie has bashed India so much as Maniratnam does in his movies like Bombay, Dil Se etc..., what I cudn't accept is for such a lousy film (alright may be you feel its a good one) but being a movie critic for the last 4 years- I dont see anything attractive in this film - no proper screenplay no proper background score, no proper acting (that hero guy needs some acting classes), and Jai Ho song looks like cut and paste in the wrong place...and they have given oscar to it...just becas it shows India in a bad shape- else there is nothing positive about the movie...

Bhu said...

nice , emotional post but you are forgetting one thing , if an indian made this movie , people would have again said that an Indian is againt india just like what they did for Adiga. I agree about the basic point like good english and the tacky dance but all those alone dont make it a bad film. Just cos you dont want to wash the dirty linen of India in public doesnt mean Dirty linen doesnt exists. Being patriotic has nothing to do with the movie. End of the day everything that is portrayed in the movie is true.we are still third world but it takes a movie like Slumdog to make us angry that we are being portrayed are a poor country.Let's call a spade a spade and accept the fact that no matter how glorious we want Mother India to be she is poor country from the first world view.There are good reviews about it because the idea is new and the adapted screenplay is good. Try reading the book and see how it fits and also try reading some terrible movies like Prisoner of Askaban and see how the adapted screenplay sucks

Lancelot said...

@ Bhu

I jus gave the reply to MOI and I am giving the same to you

//I dont think this movie has bashed India so much as Maniratnam does in his movies like Bombay, Dil Se etc..., what I cudn't accept is for such a lousy film (alright may be you feel its a good one) but being a movie critic for the last 4 years- I dont see anything attractive in this film - no proper screenplay no proper background score, no proper acting (that hero guy needs some acting classes), and Jai Ho song looks like cut and paste in the wrong place...and they have given oscar to it...just becas it shows India in a bad shape- else there is nothing positive about the movie...//

I dont see anything positive in this movie- and I never scared of facing the truth- hope you remmeber my posts WHERE MY COUNTRY IS GOING? right I bashed the politicians and otehrs more this movie did...my point is simple this movie is not an OSCAR material I seriously wonder if it is made by an Indian whether it will make it for nomination atleast...

Charmed One! said...

Each one can have their own opinion about the movie..
As per me.. am yet to watch the movie :) ..so il give my opinion after that :P
I know you are thinking eeekkksss :P ..
Happens.. sometimes people don get time to watch movies :P...

Yeah i agree that Jai ho was not
A.R. Rehaman's best ever music.. But am happy that he won the Oscar and is now being recognised worldwide :) ....

Lancelot said...

@ charmed one

nothing to be eeked about i saw it last night only :P we are busy people yaar.. :P and yeah ARR recognised worldwide - but he is already known via bombay dreams and LOTR-theatre productions na?he even performed with Mich Jack

moi said...

See the movie may not be positive, but what I am trying to say, it has portrayed how Indian slums dwell, Nobody is bothered much about it, same slum kids are taken in ashram and their hands or legs are being cut, for begging purpose!! That's how India is still today. I have lived in Bombay and I have seen it, sadly nothing much can be done about it. Same issue has being portrayed in the film. That's reality.

Lancelot said...

@ Moi

the same issue ahs been portrayed in the movie NAYAGAN a tamil movie by Maniratnam and the latest movie of a director caleld Bala has portrayed the beggary scenario more gore than what SDM has tried to do - after watching those what SDM has showed is not realistic...my point is simple this movie is not oscar material- when Benjamin Button was better than this...and as I said no denial of facts that India has slum dwellers and beggars all around -

Ramani said...

After seeing the post and the comments, the only thing I want to tell is a line from your post..

"My mom may not be as beautiful to others eyes as Frieda Pinto is but she is the beautiful woman to me and I will not tolerate anyone talking about her."

I dont think this is the best movie. I do agree this is the best hyped movie for very long. Coz thats the one played an important part in Oscar.

Lancelot said...

@ ramani

Hail ramani Anna! Hail Gap10!! Hail Gap10's thondargal!!! :))

moi said...

Now it was made in English, so the Americans gave the Oscar award!! Our Indian movies are honored with Filmfare and many other awards :)

Lancelot said...

@ Moi

true now touch your heart and tell me if this movie competes with the rags to riches story of GURU or any other well made films like rang de BAsanti or Laghe Rago for Filmfare or National Award which movie will win??? Rang De Basanti also potrayed the dark side of india...

moi said...

yes yes rang dE basanti was my favorite movie but here we are talking about Oscars, they give awards to movies which became popular in America.

Lancelot said...

@ Moi

got my point finally...yes white masters always want it that way...I read something interesting in NDTV (though I don't believe in them much)

"Slumdog Millionaire has swept the world with its phenomenal success. It has usurped the imagination of many - millions to say the least. With its successful run at the Golden Globes, BAFTA and the Oscars, Brand India is shining more than ever!

However, there is a debate that's looming large in the minds of many. The question is, is Slumdog Indian? Yes, it is a British film with an Indian cast amidst a setting, that's Mumbai's Dharavi - a part of India where thousands live amidst unthinkable filth, garbage dumps and dirt that is an everyday commonality.

Amidst the glitz, glamour and global appreciation, perhaps somewhere is a voice that tells us a different story. We embrace the success, but somewhere there is a sense of failing.

Why are Indians so thrilled at western appreciation? Are we hypocritical when we cringe and crib about how India's slums are part of a drama that's won millions of hearts over?

The documentary Smile Pinki, based on the life of a six-year-old girl who becomes a social outcast because of a cleft lip, may have won an Academy Award - but for what? Does sympathy for a child who suffers and the final triumph over odds, is what makes the right recipe for success? Is it cinematic excellence? Will we really care about the children who are born that way? Does it all end at the resounding applause and the luminous red carpet?"

LV said...

I totally agree with your post. I thought Slumdog millionaire was highly overrated. I preferred Taare Zameen Par as it was an eye opener as to how we allow our competitive streak blind us from the agony of our own child

moi said...

Movies are made for entertainment purpose, some are sad, some funny, some are outstanding. They are awarded based on how well they have entertained the people

Thoorika said...

Nee oru lawyer nu prove panite indha post la !!

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Kaycee said...

Super po. Got noticed by Team Chakpak (What IS it, BTW?!)

Anyway, chillax man! I know exactly how you feel. But try not to let your heart rule your head, especially now that you're a lawyer (Enna kodumai idhu)!

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IcE MaiDeN said...

uhh ok i dun understand a word of these comments so i dunno if they agree/disagree.. i wish i cud debate.. i wud so love too.. bt the fact tht i hav my exams in a couple of hrs is preventing me from doin so.. ;) yet, i couldnt resist putting up the comment..

did it ever cross ur mind tht the movie is NOT indian?!! although i do agree wid most of the points made here.. its definitely not ARR's best work till date.. bt the fact tht he won an oscar has made evryone proud..

Lancelot said...

@ LV
//I totally agree with your post. I thought Slumdog millionaire was highly overrated. I preferred Taare Zameen Par as it was an eye opener as to how we allow our competitive streak blind us from the agony of our own child//

HIGHLY OVERRATED IS THE WORD...and I seriously wish TZP is better than any of those nominated movies...(no running around the tree songs)

Lancelot said...

@ MOI

//Movies are made for entertainment purpose, some are sad, some funny, some are outstanding. They are awarded based on how well they have entertained the people/

he he he again u have got the point...white masters like us to suffer for their entertainment (implied imperialism- old day stories)

Lancelot said...

@ thoorika

//Nee oru lawyer nu prove panite indha post la !!/

he he he nambitiyaa :P

Lancelot said...

@ seshasai

thanks for the chakpak nak...

Lancelot said...

@ Krits

//Super po. Got noticed by Team Chakpak (What IS it, BTW?!)

Anyway, chillax man! I know exactly how you feel. But try not to let your heart rule your head, especially now that you're a lawyer (Enna kodumai idhu)!//

Who knows what Chakpak is - i guess its a spam which posts itself in the blogs which has a post on Slumdog...and i never give into my heart during my cases - u know that well i never mix up profession with life...

Lancelot said...

@ Kirthi

Thank you I am honoured - still your writings are way too better...

Lancelot said...

@ ICE MAIDEN
//uhh ok i dun understand a word of these comments so i dunno if they agree/disagree.. i wish i cud debate.. i wud so love too.. bt the fact tht i hav my exams in a couple of hrs is preventing me from doin so.. ;) yet, i couldnt resist putting up the comment..

did it ever cross ur mind tht the movie is NOT indian?!! although i do agree wid most of the points made here.. its definitely not ARR's best work till date.. bt the fact tht he won an oscar has made evryone proud..//


First of all thanks for ya first visit and comment and good luck to your exams and come sooner to debate...

it did crossed my mind that the movie was not made by an Indian but the novel on which it was based was written by an Indian...no doubt ARR made us proud but I will consider that he has been awarded lately..hope to see u again arguing with full throttle...

P.S: I will tell you whether i am a knight or not then :P

kanaguonline said...

First thing, I will see a film as a film. Nothing more nothing less. We are not seeing anything relating to our real lives in most of the films. When I have first seen this film, I didn't thought it is an oscar or any award material. But Its quite surprising.Even though it depicts the slums of Mumbai, from what I have heard it is more darker than this film has shown. This film is a feel good entertainer, thats it. I think there are better films released this year in English. If this film get award for best adapted screenplay, why the Dark Knight was left out. It is far superior than this film.
Anyway, If the awards for this film has been given on the grounds of the poverty and slums of India, then it is a condemnable one. Else we can appreciate it.

@moi

An award to a film is not given on the grounds of likingness but how well made it is. On that scale SDM surely fails, when compared to other English films released last year.

Charmed One! said...

@Lancelot
yeah A.R. Rehaman is known via bombay dreams and LOTR..
but still there is huge difference of being known as an Oscar winner too na :) ... people struggle a lot to win a single Oscar ... n now our hero has won two :D ....

The Arc:-) said...

I was wondering why you din't come up with the 'bashing' post your elaborate comment over in my blog about 'Slumdog' . I can understand your sentiments, but I have to truly opine that what might appeal to someone , might not to another person. Whether the film has irrelevant logic or worse, no logic at all, the film talks of hope. This era of heightened recession, all that anyone and everyone wants is just something to believe in. Someone/something to hope for. And as far as India is concerned , it portrayed stark naked truth. This is how a slum looks like, doesn't it? It exists, it sells. The letter will have to addressed to useless politico minds , responsible enough for the underdevelopment. And Oscars, They are not Indians dude:-)

I may hasten to add that I din't think the film deserved an Oscar. It was a well-made movie, I agree. But there were other well-well-made movies as well. Perhaps, a masala flick is new in oscars:-)

Hail masala!

You Know Phoo said...

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Lancelot said...

@ Kanagu

super thalaivaa...

Lancelot said...

@ Charmed one

no doubts ARR is a big gun...and a genius.. Hail ARR

Lancelot said...

@ Ms Pan (why u revealed ya name??)

//This era of heightened recession, all that anyone and everyone wants is just something to believe in. Someone/something to hope for. And as far as India is concerned , it portrayed stark naked truth. This is how a slum looks like, doesn't it? It exists, it sells. The letter will have to addressed to useless politico minds , responsible enough for the underdevelopment. And Oscars, They are not Indians dude:-)//

The recession part is what i thought but as Kanagu said oscar is given for well made movies and not masala flicks- the standard of oscar has gone down because of racism...if u had read the post carefully i have pointed that dharavi was well portrayed in Nayagan than this movie
child sex labor in mahanadhi than this
and what other indian movie is not better... I am sure Taare Zameen Par is also an oscar material...will u deny that??

Lancelot said...

@ KArtik

enda 1000roopaikku koovi irukka?

LV said...

u following the Sen path of putting movie reviews

The Arc:-) said...

I had typed a four paragraph response. To hell with blogger. I had wanted to use an id to post my comments and ended up losing all that I had written.

Unfortunate!I am too lazy to be writing them down again!

ஆளவந்தான் said...

Lancelot,

SDM is not indian movie, it is hollywood movie about an indian.

OSCAR is only for hollywood movie, there will be one award for foreign movies( this time one japanese movie got that)

so, comparing Taare Zameen par, mahanathi with SDM is like comparing apple and orange.

SDM deserves OSCAR, but not this much.

In mid of 90s Indian girls were wining Miss.World and Miss.Universe continuously, hope you remember that, at that time there was rumour, saying that "to sell the cosmetic products in india", they are selecting indians continously in a row.

so, I feel like they ( hollywood ) just trying to promote their movies in countries like india.

Ramyah said...

I truly agree with you Lanceleot. I watched the movie after it was nominated for Oscar, and after the movie i found myself in discussion with my friends whether it deserves the Oscar nomination. I would not say that movie sucks but certainly not in par with the other Oscar winners. It's all the hypes and the 'English' tag attached to it which did all teh wonders. As far as A.R.rahman is concerned i'm proud of him though he is far more talented that what Slumdog has shown. Good post.

Lancelot said...

@ LV

This is not a movie review though it is tagged under Movie review- I dunno under which category this should be tagged- for my movie review check Rab Na Bana De Na Jodi's review by me...

Lancelot said...

@ Arc

thanks to blogger he he he...Just kidding,

next time type it in word and copy paste it - thats what i do always....

Lancelot said...

@ Aalavandhan Anna
//SDM is not indian movie, it is hollywood movie about an indian.

OSCAR is only for hollywood movie, there will be one award for foreign movies( this time one japanese movie got that)

so, comparing Taare Zameen par, mahanathi with SDM is like comparing apple and orange.

SDM deserves OSCAR, but not this much.

In mid of 90s Indian girls were wining Miss.World and Miss.Universe continuously, hope you remember that, at that time there was rumour, saying that "to sell the cosmetic products in india", they are selecting indians continously in a row.

so, I feel like they ( hollywood ) just trying to promote their movies in countries like india.//

I know SDM is not an Indian movie but amovie based on an Indian novel..
I know OSCAR will be awarded only for Hollywood movies and one award will be for foreign movies-
none of the lines in the blog said it otherwise...

My comparison of SDM with the the movies Taare Zameen par, mahanathi are not comparing Oranges to Apples- but KASHMIR APPLES TO LOCAL APPLES - as movie making is one and the same through out the world- and quality of the movie is also universally constant- KASHMIR APPLES ARE ROTTEN YET THEY ARE SOLD AT HIGH PRICE BECAUSE OF THE TAG ATTACHED TO IT AND LOCAL APPLES THOUGH THEY ARE BEST STILL CONSIDERED CHEAP BECAUSE IT IS LOCAL- this is my humble point in this post (thanks for coming up with apples and oranges example, it makes my job easier)

Lancelot said...

@ Ramyah


Thank u...Long time no see?? Teacher amma very busy eh?

IcE MaiDeN said...

i wud love to argue.. *lolz. thts wht i do all the tym.. wid frnds, tecahers, random strangers!!! hehe*... bt hw much as i hate to say this, theres nuthin much to argue abt.. :| ur making all the right points!! the only thing is dat i liked the movie, i loved the music...n after all the years of waitin for oscars... a movie actually did it!! :P

n i m sorta wondering y ur on my meloncoly blog?! noone evr comes there.. n thts a sort of closet personality for me.. y wud neone be interested in random rantings of a heartbroken fool..(i dun mind ur expert opinions though!! :)) whn theres a extremely interesting personality on the other hand!!!

for a dose of the eccentric me goto www.whitelilyz.blogspot.com
i think ull like tht better.. lots of stuff to argue abt in ther!! hehe.

cheers,
Annie.

Lancelot said...

@ Annie

Thanks for your comment...

//n i m sorta wondering y ur on my meloncoly blog?! noone evr comes there.. n thts a sort of closet personality for me.. y wud neone be interested in random rantings of a heartbroken fool..(i dun mind ur expert opinions though!! :)) whn theres a extremely interesting personality on the other hand!!!

for a dose of the eccentric me goto www.whitelilyz.blogspot.com
i think ull like tht better.. lots of stuff to argue abt in ther!! hehe. //

the only link i was allowed in was ya melancholy blog now its fine and i m sure your spy gmail had told u by now that i visited your blog and commented as well - damn i dont hve privacy these days :((

Lavanya said...

Hi,

I haven't seen the movie yet and am giving a second thought should I really watch it? It looks like a great marketing technique and the film(Rotten kashmir Apple) was sold out. There are so many examples of crap movies really making it big just coz it has big names..(Shivaji, SRK movies... big list) The only difference is this time this happens in an international level. And we really dont have much to be proud of except for ARR and Rasul Pookutty. And about being realistic.. ppl who had watched this movie, is it as realistic as Crash, Blood Diamond and kannathil muthamittal?

Lancelot said...

@ Lavi akka

I haven't seen Crash but Kannathil Muthamittal, Blood Diamonds are completely in different level - its like comparing Anbe Shivam with Sam Anderson movies :P

and true u need not waste time in watching SDM...

Vinnie said...

really great post >>><<< Lance, the blogger evolves !!!

Lancelot said...

@ Vin

Blush blush

lynda ann said...

YOU HAVE VALID POINTS IN YOUR OPINION OF THIS MOVIE.YET IT IS A MOVIE MADE BY AND FOR HOLLYWOOD AND AMERICAN AND BRITISH MARKETS.
THE SLUMS IN MY COUNTRY,USA, ARE NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF EITHER.
A TRUE INDIAN MOVIE I ENJOYED WAS "LAGAAN"
THANK YOU FOR YOUR BLOGS!!

LYNDA ANN (AKKA)

Lancelot said...

Dear Lynda Akka,

Thanks a lot for the comments... As you said yes The world is flat...

Poorna said...

Hi Lancelot! very brilliant post on SM.I like the way you have presented your points as a letter to two different groups.I think your review of SM is the best among the ones that i came across in the blog, in terms of presentation and content.

I agree with you on all the points, except for the one with regard to the ARR's music and the placement of Jai Ho.

As i have mentioned in my review, the content of the movie does not require a music score like that of Roja or Bombay.I agree with u that this is not Rahman's best.However, he has done his best within the scope of the movie.He couldn't do what he did in Roja because the movie doesn't demand it.

And regarding Jai Ho, yes the placement of the song is not good. but which place do you think would have been appropriate for the song? None right. what do you say?

Lancelot said...

@ Poorna

thank u for the rich comment...

and my entire point is that...why such a song when the film doesn't need it??

You Know Phoo said...

Dei lance.. idhuve SHREYA aambal aambal Mooval mooval aadhuna aaaaaaanu vaaya pulanthu paapa.. appa la unakku thonaada doubtu ippa epdi vanduchu??? :P

Lancelot said...

@ Kartik

dei nara vaaya,

please be clear with you stance, either u compare SDM with the other english movies which was contested in Oscar or compare it with other Tamil or Hindi movies - nee eppadi compare pannalum padam oothi mudikkum... enna padam onnum pramatham illai - naa sonna mathiri same movie if taken by an indian director - padam film fare award enna, Vijay TV award kooda vaangathu...padathaa venaa Lollu Sabha la pottu nalla kalaipaanga- serila porantha kolanthaya english pesaa vechi...

Vishwanatha said...

Big insult to cine industry, vijay getting oscars

sinlge tea siluvai guy is Hot [:P][:D]

nothing big about SLumdog millionaire, does it deserve to be for winning 8 oscars

Rahman has scored gr8 musik than Slumdog

b'coz is cinema, anything can happen

Lancelot said...

@ Vishwa...

Thanks da machi for your visit...

Genius Kamal ! ! !

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