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?

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Comments
  1. Nilesh Sane says:

    Good point about replacing the directors. I am surpsized why Omkara was did not get any Oscar(s). That movie was a wonderful adaptation of Macbeth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macbeth

  2. Nilesh Sane says:

    Apologies for the grammatical goof up.

  3. woman with a mind of her own says:

    very true…. but atleast its put India in the reckoning… we’ve atleast entered the hallowed portals of oscar and its like, where we almost, always, were earlier thrown out of the gate….mandira tewari

  4. Conspiracy Theorist says:

    Anyone wonder why mostly films on pre-Independence India or Indian slums make it to the all these fancy awards? For example, Gandhi, Salaam Bombay, Lagaan (which should’ve won!), Water and now Slumdog Millionaire.

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