[Assam] Slumdog Millionaire
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Tue Dec 23 10:16:41 IST 2008
Inspite of all the rave reviews, as a person of Indian origin, I found the movie very very depressing and somewhat unrealistic. Great ending but was also hopeless-ly painful.
*** I think it was a very realistic portrayal of people living in slums and also of the beggar children some of whom are blinded/ maimed to get more alms.
***A guy getting unrealistic windfall -- getting hauled up by the police -- first scene -- it was very realistic. Infact I was reminded of my hauling by the Jaipur Police in June 2004 - called in for questioning about my going to Harvard. Some retired Chief Engineer Mr Chandra had complained to the Chief Secretary of Chhatisgarh that I was "begging through press" when I advertised in many national dailies including Indian Express, Times of India, Dainik Bhaskar (Jaipur's homegrown Rajasthan Patrika's advt chief refused to publish even after seeing a copy of my admission letter from Harvard - and I knew their advertising agency personally as ex-media guy).
I did escape any beating perhaps because I was not a real slumdog - but I caused some alarm there when I mentioned I was the son of an army officer who was well known in the area. I could also have called the Director General of Police (one of the DGP's was a close family friend - his children studied in my father's school ) and perhaps even the Chief Minister (through my media contacts -as ex-Indian Express guy) . But a real slumdog has to suffer the beatings - however rich or knowledgable s/he may become -- unless s/he has contacts in the establishment.
There are also some wrong attitude problem it showed, like, the show host (Anil Kapoor) putting the young man down saying 'a Chai-wala is gong to win a million' etc, and putting him down every chance that he got was unrelistic. It does NOT happen in today's India. I watch most of the 'reality shows' on TV and have never seen the show-host insulting the guest like this. For example, in all the Music shows like SaReGaMaPa, Chappar Phar Ke, etc., the Music Directors, the judges, the hosts are so encouraging to the participants that the show-host's attitude was totally unacceptable.
***I recall angst on Assamnet etc when in some Indian show - I think SaReGaMaPa - when someone in the jury excalimed that the NE contestant is going to win not because he sings well but because all NE India will vote for him..
Here it is: "
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060214/asp/opinion/story_5818055.asp " In the midst of all this began the rumour that some people associated with the contest were hatching a sinister plot to oust Debojit by underhand means. The conspiracy theory received support when Zee TV aired nearly unedited footage of verbal duels between the mentors, and among the audience on the set.. The format of the show dictates that the regional voting pattern be disclosed. This has intensified the zonal war. The North-east is clearly pitched against the rest of India. More than 80 per cent of the votes polled for Debojit come from the region. Extreme regional bias in the voting pattern has been questioned by the other contestants and their mentors, Himesh Reshammiya and Aadesh Srivastav. And this has further angered the people of the North-east.
Samujjwal Bhattacharjee, chairman of the NESO and adviser to AASU, saw in it an evil ploy to spoil the chances of Debojit."
The riot scene, and caption on the screen "they are muslim, get them" was not very constructive either. When trying to portray a real life type of story, the media should portray a balanced and real picture.
*** Riots are shown in every Indian movie - so whats wrong if a Hollywood movie shows it?
BTW, the theater here at Houston had only 7 people (including us two) watching the movie with us.
I think Seven Pounds was much more realistic and showed a real purpose of life and love. Will Smith showed another side of his acting talent - a flip side of his usual acting style.
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