Selling the poverty of India to west?

It is said that western world always love to see hungry, dirty and nude India. To an extent it is very much true also. Again this debate has heat up with the movie “Slumdog Millionaire“. I saw this movie good time ago and had expressed my views on one of my post. In the movie, all the evils i.e. slums of mumbai, poverty, syndicate of beggars, atrocities on children, underworld, prostitution, illiteracy etc. have been covered and exactly for all these things, this movie is getting rave reviews, appreciations, prestigious awards and Oscar nominations. So one really wonders whether in west only such things of India gets sold? Why no director has tried to sell the shining India abroad that’s the question which remains to be answered. This whole issue came up with the badshah of bollywood Big B writing on this subject in one of his blog post. This post from Big B started a debate on whether “Slum dog…” is justified or not. My say is it’s indeed true that west is definitely interested in seeing poor n hungry India. Still for many in the west India is still a land of snake charmers. But now as the time progresses, this perception is likely to change. Visual media and bollywood will have to play the constructive role in portraying the shining India. So hope the sense prevails in coming time in this matter.

Anyways, Slumdog… is racking mullah and winning the awards worldwide. All the artists of the movie are enjoying their newly found success. Movie won few Golden globe awards and A R Rehman also want the Golden globe for his score in the movie. Now the movie has been nominated for 10 categories in Oscar in which A R Rehman has been nominated for 3 categories. I think most likely A. R. Rehman will get the glory for India this time at oscar. Personally, I’m not in awe about the oscars but still any recognisation at world level is good.

I liked the movie but only have one objection and that is the name of movie. Slum + dog didn’t go down too well with me. Anyway just wish good to the Slumdog…. team.

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  1. મને તો મુવી ગમ્યું. લગભગ વાસ્તવિકતાની નજીક પણ – riots – ની વાત ખોટી વાત મને ખૂંચી. હજી સુધી મુંબઇમાં આ પ્રકારની ઘટના બની હોય તેવું મારા જાણમાં નથી, હા, જે બતાવેલું, એથી ઉલ્ટું જરૂર બન્યું છે.

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