SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, GHAJINI AND AMITABH VIS-A-VIS SLUMDOG!
Some days ago I had almsot vowed not to watch any film for quite some time, but only almost. Two days ago, I saw Ghajini and wished I had really vowed so! It is not a patch on Memento and except the new actress Asin it is a complete disappointment (read torture).
On 31st evening, I watched the highly acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire and was truly enthralled. It is a must watch film (yet to be released in India) and should get at least one Oscar. I am going to watch more of Danny Boyle’s films (Trainspotting is next). It is already at #68 in IMDB top 250! The diplomat’s book may not have done very well but the movie based on it is awesome! A must watch! India in a nutshell is what this film is and everyone is going gaga over it!
Embrace Slumdog! Ghajini will be a hit (if it is not already), just the same (thanks to the ‘inscrutable Indians’)!
Updated [15 January 2008]
- Click here to read Shobhaa De’s review of the film. I saw a copy which was downloaded by a friend (bittorrent). Where did Shobhaa see the film? Someone asked that in a comment to her review (she is not replying to comments! Busy, huh!).
- Click here for some relevant questions asked by Feringhee.
- Click here for a review of the book and the movie by Wreck Tangle.
- Why didn’t Indian directors think of Slumdog?! Because they don’t read!
- Big B in his blog has criticised called in question this film for showing India in poor light! C’mon Amit ji, stop barking up the wrong tree! Your accusations are just not valid. And it may do some good to you to know that the film was struggling to get distributors (in the Occidental world of course) and was even headed for a straight-to-DVD release!
- By the way there are some intersting comments on this story in the TOI such as:
Venu,New Jersey,says:Look who is talking…..he can go kissing actress, who is half his age or his daughter’s age and now he talks about India being dirty. I have never heard of this guy doing any charity work. He never pays taxes and was about to get ruined if Kaun Banega Crorepati din’t come for his survival. Coming about showing India as being poor, hello please look around you home in Mumbai, its the biggest slum in the world. Danny Boyle showed the truth and nothing else. Now if your are a real patriot go do some thing for our country. He is just upset he is not the one instead of Anil Kapoor in the film. Sorry my dear you might be a god of film industry but your the worst patriot in my opinion.
XYZ,XXYYZZ,says:I think Amitabh needs to be careful in his comment. I hope he is not jealous that he never ever got nominated for a GG or Socar. Also, he needs to get out of his house and walk near slums in Mumbai or other big towns. Such comments by a popular film personality in the public domain are harmful for India. Celebrities need to know what to say and what not to say in public. Because this could be causing problems to the policies, people and cinema as such
Harvinder Singh,rome, italy,says:i think amitabh is not being fare. the indian cinema or i would rather say Bollywood has nothing done more then masala films and most of the films have no relation to the reality. they are simply pumped up emotions and nothing else. escapist, romantic and fantasy. i think it was a treat to see a movie like the slumdog millionarie its just a shame that no indian director had had the courage to do such a film.
Updated 25 January 2009: Read my comments on Nita’s review of the film!
Updated: 24 February 2009: So, why did SM win 8 Oscars?!