Sunday, March 1, 2009
Yes, we love Rahman, but should we love the film?
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE ..
Yes, it's in news these days. 8 oscars , 7 BAFTA awards, 4 Golden Globe.
Mass Euphoria in India when the movie won 7 BAFTA and the whole India was glued to the screen and went exuberant when we won 8 OSCARS.
But , do you think we should be proud of slumdog millionaire.
Do you think we should be proud of depiction of India in this movie -
The movie only showcases the following points about India and Indians
1. Adrocities against poor
2. Police Bullying
3. Communal riots
4. Thiefs and robbers
Do you think India is all about all this. Aren't we the same country who has never attacked an another country ever. Aren't we the same country where we have the self governance in the form of village panchayats? Aren't we the country whose leadership exhibits an epitome in communcal harmony ( We had a Muslim President, a Sikh PM, an Italian Head of ruling party )
We are celebrating Slumdog's success, we should be ashamed ourselves.
Instead of celebrating or also PROTESTING ( We are very good at it ), we should benchmark Slumdog to buckle up and improve the living standards of Indian slums.
Slumdog has no doubted helped India as well -
Indian film technicians have received tremendous exposure. Russell Pookutty was not known by anyone. Today he is a household name.
A R Rahman has received the well deserved acknowledgement of his brilliance
Talent of Indian actors have been showcased to the world
Does the US or the British rue on the fact that they dont win any awards in Filmfare 2009? In the same way why do we strive so much to win an OSCAR. After all, Oscars are American awards. They are not global awards.
We as Indians need to be proud of ourselves and our accomplishments and shouldn't look for Westerm world acknowledgements of our success