Fact is - they want to see India only one way - slumlike.
But show a movie about India's economic growth, urbane crowd, a story about wealthy, educated youngsters that are successful (also a reality in india) - No One will acclaim it at the academy, nor in the western audience.
They will applaud only what they want to see. they want to see india's rotten underbelly (also a reality). India is in charge of slums and poverty to them, not glitz and tech - some other countries own that.
Future of Indias film indutry is in shifting to English, to be global in nature.
Indian professionals, scietists and thinkers have succeeded asnd recognised when they started doing their bwork and expressing their talent in a globally recognised language, that is english. Indian film industry has to come out of the its over dependence of hindi and regional languages and has to shift to English to be global, for more exposure, for survival and to show case its originality, before outsiders export their products for our large englsh enabled audience. English is the language which has won the battle of dominance in world and when we adopt it we too are part of that. Otherwise bollywood will face the fate of Spanish, French, German or rabic language movies. English is the common language for Indians and it is foreighn language to every Indian, love it, marry it, reproduce it and make it your own to succeed.
English is the global medium of communication for the new millenium. make it yours, Bollywood, then surive and succeed. Make Indiam movies with Indian stories, Indian stars, Indian settings, Indian songs, Indian technology in Indian English. This is the way to go, get recognised and to success.
I can not believe that so many people are criticizing this movie. It may not have been directed by an Indian and it may not have been produced by an Indian company, but the fact of the matter is that it has an Indian cast and it was shot in Mumbai. It got Oscars for three Indians and it made a lot of Indians happy across the world. Why are people going on about who made the movie and it's portrayal of India's poverty. So what!!! We all know about India's poverty and hopefully things will get better for the poor in a way how the middle class have started enjoying a better quality of life.
Whatever said or done, I consider Slumdog to be an Indian movie and I'm proud of it!!!
Plp celebrating tooo much for ths..wake up Slumdog is not an indian movie, It is a british movie so all credit will goes to British except those 3 for OF Rehaman and Resul Pookutty.. so hats of tooo them..as though media making too much hype for tht movie as all 8 oscars belong to india...
REALITIES OF INDIA -UNEMPLOYMENT STILL SO HIGH THAT THE COUNTRY CANNOT REACH STABILITY. -KIDS ALL OVER INDIA ARE MAIMED AND BLINDED TO WORK AS BEGGARS.(IT IS ACCEPTED SO CASUALLY THAT IT IS SHAMEFUL AND NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THAT) -FORGET ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE SUCH A HUGE PART OF THE POPULATION IN MAJOR CITIES TO RURAL VILLAGES 'DO NOT HAVE A PLACE TO SHIT'
WHAT ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT AND WHAT YOU REALLY SHOULD?
YOU BRAINWASHED IDIOTS. TURN OFF YOUR TV AND WAKE UP. THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO COLLAPSE SOON AND YOU'RE WATCHING TV. SO PLEASE STOCK UP ON YOUR FOOD NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE AND PEOPLE WILL RIOT AND DIE LATER.
this can hardly be called shining! this is basically a big slap in bollywood's face in that what all of the big shot directors could not achieve in decades, but a gora director did it in a low budget film! so basically they told us that we r not good enough even in portraying our own self, we need a gora to do that.
Re: hardly shining
by leezaindi on Feb 24, 2009 08:33 AM
You have really given a certificate of your intellect and what you have really seen in life. How well have we represented ourselves in the world was clear by the actions of attacks on Mumbai. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others.
Re: hardly shining
by Ajay K on Feb 24, 2009 05:19 AM
If an Indian director had made such movie, the politicians, college students, religious leaders, all would come on the streets to protest and demand Broadcasting Minster's resignation and have the director killed for traitorship.