Long weekend was one of those nice, slow n easy ones. Spent the weekend doing pretty much nothing. That’s the best, right 🙂
On Republic Day, we watched the parade on the TV, I made bisi-bele bath, and we all chilled n stuffed our faces. After the mammoth lunch, I was all set to crash, but realized that I had committed to watching Slumdog Millionaire with my friends.
Somehow, managed to drag myself out in time to reach the theatre and I am so glad I did.
I absolutely loved the movie !. The performances are terrific – especially the ones by the children. The movie moves quickly from one experience to another, and the direction is terrific. The music is good. Not A R Rahman’s greatest, but it suits the movie.Truly deserves all the nominations / awards it gets.
There are a couple of things that could be better :
- The performance of Freida Pinto is surprisingly wooden – especially considering how much it has been hyped up by the media.
- The second half of the movie was a bit predictable. In fact, things start to drag a bit once the children grow up. But that could be just me, I loved those kids in the movie so much…
To all the movie critics who have been harping about the exploitation of slum-dwellers by western movie makers, I say everyone has a right to make a movie on the subject he/ she chooses. In addition, Danny Boyle has portrayed a reality that few people are strong enough to face. As an audience (especially of Bollywood movies), we are used to an air-brushing of the realities of some people’s existence. We like to see movies with pretty people living / travelling to exotic destinations and solving their petty romantic issues.
Unfortunately, for me everything looked only too realistic. I have lived in Mumbai and I have seen that yes! the slums look pretty much as they are depicted in the movie. These are no sets, they are the actual slums. In fact, anyone travelling to Mumbai on train can see these slums close-up as they approach Mumbai.
The only unrealistic aspect of the movie, was that this uneducated hero (Jamal) was able to speak English, was able to appear on the show, and win a bundle of money. That’s unrealistic ! and that’s sad.
In real life, such a boy would have ended up like the hero’s brother – a gangster – living and dying by the gun.