Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Slumdog Millionaire, the oscar winning movie set in d slums of mumbai has "taken indian cinema to a new level" some say. To that statement I would agree in parts. First of all, I dont feel that We need an american academy to judge whether our cinema is good or not. Indian cinema has always been a force to reckon. Look at TIME'S top 100 movies of the 20th sentury. 3 outright Indian movies make d cut. Whether you agee with the list or not is a different issue altogetther. Shekhar kapoor is a name that sells in the west(He gave us Masoom,Mr India & Bandit Queen). The list of examples showin that Indian Cinema has conquered the world goes on and on.Now comes the question whether its Indian or not, I dont think just beacause a movie is set in India, it can be called an Indian movie because otherwise a lot of our movies wont be indian as indian directors love "foreign locales". The movie has been directed by a british and d lead actor is an NRI(even kal penn is an NRI,we dont consider Harold n kumar series as Indian). But, a very strong Indian Connection does exist. AR Rahman, Freida Pinto(She is no NRI as some people have said) and Anil Kapoor, who it seems has just been missed by everyone. I personally feel Anil Kapoor's was arguably the best performance in the movie, how short it might have been. The world is hailing Rahman and Freida but our Mr. India has somehow been ignored.Getting back to the core issue, Slumdog Millionaire is an Indian story being potrayed by largely indian actors but through the eyes on a british director. Whether you call it Indian or not, its your take!