Monday, February 23, 2009

Jay Ho...


And the Oscar goes to…By the time you are going through this crappy blog you might have read hundreds of articles, watched innumerable newsclips and discussed at length about the Academy Awards of this season and the name Slum Dog must have etched a fair mark on your third world grey cells…. So what was it really about slum dog…Was it all about an age old voyeuristic pleasure which the westerners have gained in India’s naked slum life…Or the artistic package which has brought into the foray the lives of the filthy, poor and uncouth slum dwellers of a third world nation or is it all about India’s emerging status in the world map….

Well the Oscars---It seems like the Nobel Prize of the season… did you guys know that the highest degree of cinematic excellence is awarded at the Oscars where films like Titanic are awarded with 11 or oops is it 12 Oscars? …Well the boring, intellectually overburdened grey haired cynical critics have written off Slumdog , and even chooses to keep mum about Smile Pinky…but just like the average Indian, I’m really happy about its success…Whatever be it our Rahman has won the Oscars… Now its our Rahman….oops no more communal colors guys!

Lets look back now at the film which seems to be the flavor of this season... The story of a few slum dwellers of India who grew up amidst the poverty, corruption, filthiness and uncouthness…and finally lives to celebrate the experiences of their life…

So is it just the celebration of life, its experiences or the good wins over the bad philosophy iced with Bollywood boy meets girl theory… well well the critics might be able to explain this better…all I could understand was Danny Boyle’s film was truly made for the Oscars…Where in the world would you find cooped up holes, children covered with shit playing amidst the garbage dens….naked child beggars, garbage vats, slums… what a perfect setting for a third world film which is oh so popular amidst the progressive Westerners…

So let these slums continue to live on the face of grey haired critics…let creative excellence only be achieved through poverty and let Dharavi be haunted by a number of rucksacked red faced “Phoren-ers” who would smirk , grin and shower all their curious western sympathy towards the third world phenomenon…and let all the Indians criticize more and more about slum dog…Coz who would love to see the same old sordid Indian reality again on 35mm….We live with it…We earn Oscars for it….Jay ho!

4 comments:

Priya said...

infact drew inspiration from ur post..i was thinking of writing on the same thing because i am god-damned irritated with the egeneral reaction and then logged in...so before writing i just wanted to read all that was new in my updates...chanced upon ur post and then it was something like fire in the forest.....:D:D:D..

shadows getting older said...

see I don't even have a problem with a foreign film showing the slum life of India because what's true is true. but I have a serious problem with the fact that Slumdog overshadowed and dodged quality films like Benjamin Button, Reader and Milk. it's just like anuranan winning the national award...pooff

sarmistha said...

hehe...thanks priya....god fire in the forest sounds superb sexy!

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