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slumdog millionaire – should we celebrate the oscars??

Slumdog Millionaire has won the Oscars. And the country is celebrating. But do we have reasons to celebrate ???

The movie claims to depict passion and love and the courage to succeed in life despite all odds. But for a viewer, the more lasting impression out of the movie will be a disturbingly bad image of India. The movie shows the slums, unjust police, unethical reality show hosts, poverty, cruelty and miserable living conditions. Is that all India is all about?People believe what they see, even though it might be just a movie. What would a tourist, who has never visited India, think of this great country?

There is nothing to feel good about, in this movie... for an Indian

Movies are considered to be a platform to showcase the world about its diversity. And what has been shown in the movie is not the true India. This movie seems to have been aiming only at the awards, and not at people’s hearts. We must not fall for it.

Many Indian movies have scenes that are shot in foreign countries. How many of those Indian movies show the darker side of those countries? It is agreed that not all foreign countries have slums and not all countries suffer from poverty and unemployment in a very large scale. But every place has its darker side. The grass is never greener on the other side. And still we tend to seek the beauty in these foreign countries while we go there for a movie shoot. We probably should try something. Make a movie about the distasteful of the British, probably some huge national problem that their country is facing. And screen the movie in Britain theatres. And then expect it to be well received and sweep their box office. Will that happen?? This really is something to think about.

There is a difference between an Indian narrating the national problems in a movie and a foreigner doing the same. It would have been acceptable had these issues been depicted in a movie made by an Indian. This is because, only a true Indian can experience the spirit of India. Only a true Indian can share the suffering of a fellow citizen. Only a true Indian can live the life of an Indian and be proud of its varied culture. Any sensible Indian will agree that India is not what has been shown in the movie and it definitely is not a correct and complete picture of India.

Slumdog Millionaire claims to have extolled the ‘Spirit of Mumbai’. Has it really?? A British movie, made by a foreign director, with the lead role played by a person who has not visited India and who had had a tough time speaking with an Indian accent… I still am not able to comprehend how these foreigners claim to have experienced the Indian way of life in just a few months.

India has loyal policemen and soldiers who are ever willing to lay down their lives for the nation. India has really good talent and excellent reality shows. India has places with scenic beauty. India is trying hard to alleviate poverty. India has a comparatively good economy considering the fact that the rest of the world is feeling the heat. India has a varied culture and good people. But, will we get an opportunity again to tell the world, “Hey, this is what India is… ” ?…

naan kadavul – the effect on me

After I came out of the theatre, it took some time for me to get back to the real world…or the reel one ?? We are sitting in front of our computers, probably in an air conditioned room, typing swiftly on our keyboards. This virtual world is what we christen ourselves as reality. And we require movies like “Naan Kadavul” to show us what is real, what the world is facing and how humans suffer. And when the movie thrusts so much truth into our eyes in a short span of time, we just are not able to accept it.

Naan Kadavul
Naan Kadavul

Aghoris … Have never heard of them before. The whole sight of them, their voice and demeanor gives me a shudder, even though I am just watching them on a huge screen, in a cinema. Humans who consider themselves God. They decide who goes to hell and who goes to heaven… One should never ask a question whether these are true. We will just end up losing the meaning of truth. And the definition of God. Everyone has God within. We decide….Hmmm…No. I’ll probably stop trying to explain things to my own self. Probably the movie was shot to leave such thoughts lingering in our minds as loose threads.

The poor and handicapped beggars and their mafia leaders… Well, it is just another piece of reality. Next time we give beggars any money, we will be thinking twice about whom the money will be converging to. And it is more shocking than saddening to see money measured by weight. And humans being bought and sold. Has humanity completely disappeared from the face of the earth? The important point to be noted is that they too have love. The beggars live like a close-knit family. They show affection.

A mixed feeling is what has been created by the visuals in the movie. We sometimes feel it is better not to know the truth rather than lamenting after knowing it.

Now about the ‘movie’ part of ‘Naan Kadavul’. When most movies that are released nowadays spin the same yarn over and over again, the boldness of director Bala to come up with such an idea and to make a movie out of it must bbe appreciated. No commercial elements at all. There are some humorous dialogues scattered around, which only partially succeed in distracting the viewer and preventing him from receding into a state of shock or disbelief or fear or whatever he might be going through.

But then, the movie seems incomplete. One can feel a discontinuity in the screenplay. Something seems missing. The director has tried to have a story as a backbone. But we are often tempted to ask “Why?”. We dont ask “Why” when Vijay leaps 200 feet. We dont ask “Why” when Dhanush fells a bunch of thugs. We dont ask “Why” when science is defied. But we ask the question here. That probably is because, we can sense the director’s attempts to sprinkle fiction into facts, and not the other way round. The effort nevertheless, must be lauded.

The aghori character was brilliantly portrayed by Arya. I initially could not believe that Arya was capable of such acting. A real hard work from his part. And he seems to have mastered “Shirshasana”.

Pooja was exceptional. Her role was a tough one. She was asked to wear opaque lens. She was really blind when she was acting. And that probably is the reason why the emotions are perfect. She looks small and thin in the movie, which has suited her character. Our heart really goes out to her character.

Overall, the movie has touched so many emotions. It has made us to sit back and think. It has changed our perspective of the world.

We see so much suffering around us. Wild superstitions, poverty, hunger, illiteracy, exploitation…an endless list. Tears ? Probably. What else ?? We just return to our worlds. We know we can try to change these. But are we going to try??