Archive for January 29, 2009

Oscar material? Hardly

Posted: January 29, 2009 in Uncategorized
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I posted roughly the same comment on Big B’s site but it wasn’t carried! At least I don’t remember seeing it there. But that’s ok it’s his blog and he has the right to refuse! It was about Slumdog Millionaire and I really couldn’t understand the OTT reactions to the film. It was good fun, entertaining and everyone hammed their way through it, except the little kids and Irfan Khan who were outstanding! But it definitely wasn’t Oscar material. The film was ‘inspired’ by any and every A, B & C grade Hindi film made in the past, so it wasn’t even original. Isn’t ‘originality’ a prerequisite for nomination to the Oscars?
Coming to all the noise about the slums being glorified and the seamy side of Mumbai, let’s not get so hyper. It’s there isn’t it? Ram Gopal Verma showed it in Satya and we called the film a masterpiece!
If we have the courage let’s remove Dharavi’s slums from the face of the earth. You and I know that as long the politicians play their games, it’ll still be there, and as long as it’s there, film makers will make movies around it.
And finally, just for our satisfaction, let’s replace Danny Boyle with Vishal Bharadwaj in the titles. Would the film have won or even been nominated for any of the awards it has now? Do you really need me to answer that?


Rude awakening

Posted: January 29, 2009 in blogging
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51 million jobs to go by 2009, screams the Hindustan Times headline today. This is like a broken record isn’t it? What’s a few million between friends? On a more ‘sombre’ note, I’ve just had a rude awakening after my first day on my own blog. I realize that since I am not an anonymous blogger I have to be prepared for emails from people who I name in my blog. I got an irate message from a particular young lady who feels that I should not have been “TELLING THE WHOLE WORLD THAT RECESSION HAS STRUCK” her…” My intention in using her as an example was simply to express my own anguish at her helplessness. She was one of my favourite students and my intention wasn’t to make fun of her loss. While I really don’t know how many people read my blog and how many know her, I guess she justified in expressing her anger at my comment. In hindsight I understand, if tomorrow, I have to tell people in my small world that I don’t have a job, how I would feel. After all, I’m a part of the recession-struck information technology sector, and anything can happen. It’s a mad, mad, mad world.
But away from all the problems that surround us, the picture should make you smile. It appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.