Q & A the original story written by an Indian Diplomat,Vikas Swarup is the movie Slum dog millionaire that took home many awards. An equally talented British screen play and script writer translated the same into a movie bringing it to many living rooms because a genius mind saw the potential of a great plot and a story for accolades, attention and awards that appealed the western psyche but for an average Indian this movie is only an ordinary one.
The Brits are thorough with their knowledge to vex their muscles with India. Having ruled them for 200 years and stolen human capital and material possessions they did not hesitate to make their way back in the 21st century this time depicting poverty and collecting Oscars. It seems like Indians in every form is a lucky charm for the British.
Slum dog millionaire wouldn’t have graced the red carpet if it was done by an Indian. However one leverage being that an Indian household name A.R Rehman took not one but 2 Oscars to night.. Talent in India is many, but opportunities are few and recognition fewer! Congratulations A.R Rehman. Congratulations Resul Pookutty.
Congratulations to the many cast members of slum dog millionaire who took a flight for the first time in their life. The stars may have been perfectly aligned for them at least for once and I hope this is just the beginning for them. .I would think that most of them who played their real life for the reel go to public school where even the basic infrastructure is not present.
When I worked in GE, in the next cubicle, I heard boos of laughter when an American raised in upstate New York narrated the story of child beggars who hovered around him when he landed at the Bombay airport. And today slum dog millionaire earns an Oscar depicting the same characters. The movie is a story of triumph and perseverance against all odds.
While all of us sat in the comfort of our homes and saw the ceremony that glittered amid recession, millions of slum dwellers crowded in homes smaller the size of your galley kitchen that had a television set but many more left their homes early at dawn to earn bread. I heard in the grape vine that the land – Dharavi, the largest slum in Bombay is being sold for thousands of millions to real estate developers. That means the slum dwellers will be without a home.
And on another note is this Oscar award a political move? I cannot help but think that Washington had played a role in tipping the scale for Oscars in favor on a movie based on India. Are they encashing on the emotions of Indians for an unseen favor ?
The world is definitely a stage. I must agree with Shakespeare.
Edited to add: the painting above