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Genius Underdog

 To start with I am very proud that Dharavi is famous again. And this time nothing is negative about it. Call it the Indian heart, the core centre of Mumbai’s geography or just some cinematographic excellence. The slum dwellers have recieved a reach among world audience, much similar to the one face of India – The Taj Mahal. I don’t mean to write a review on the Hollywood meets Bollywood movie, Slumdog Millionaire; But yes I would surely love to say that I LOVED it.

One doesn’t watch a movie, just for the story line, or the tree dancing or for a melodramatic famous face. For long Indian cinema was donned by these views. But atlast the audience has become much more intelligent and craves for tasty fodder; just similar to Cricket. There was a time when we used to watch a cricket match only if India had participated, and yes if we are not victorius there alwayz used to be bisleri bottles on the stadium. Coming back to our crorepathi, I just loved the way little Jamal drained in shit, holding Big B’s pic in his hand runs towards Amitabh..yelling Amitabh Bacchan…or may be “Amitabachan”. I specially love the way these kids hang out from the roof of a running train (A daily experience atleast in Mumbai). I was dumbstruck when Jamal says that the Taj Mahal is a Five Star hotel. I apreciate the way, both the kids Salim and Jamal grew up, so tied up to each other still with totally opposite characters. May be the Call centre thing was a little blown up, but thats fine, since the shades of bollywood would reflect somewhere or the other. So finally saying that I liked the movie, I would love to list the Categories in which SlumDog has been nominated in the Oscars. They are as follows:
1. Cinematography

2. Directing

3. Film Editing

4. Music (Score)

5. Music (Song)- Double Nomination for the songs “Jai Ho” and “O Saya”6. Best Picture

7. Sound Editing

8. Sound Mixing

9. Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Woooowwww…hope core Bollywood movies enter such an elongated list some day.

Lastly though we are talking so much about this great movie, there has been 2 other entries in the Documentary Short film category…both having shades of our nation:

1. The Final Inch directed by  

Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant – Its a film contributing to the global efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, dedicated individuals in India travel throughout the country urging parents to vaccinate their children against the disease.

2. Smile Pinki directed by Megan Mylan – Pinki, a girl in rural India whose cleft lip has made her a social outcast, has a chance for a new life when she meets a dedicated social worker.
Hope I haven’t bored you guys with my bakwaas again, however I insist that you should surely watch this movie…its not the usual passing cloud. But please can someone tell me who were the Three Musketeers, and did anyone actually have this story in their Bal Bharathi 😉


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Posted by on January 23, 2009 in Thats Me and my Thots