Every ‘Slumdog’ has its day

February 23, 2009

Dilshad Qureshi, Rubina’s aunt, is a happy woman. She got up at five this morning, finished her household chores and dressed up in her nicest clothes.

For this woman from a Mumbai slum, the Oscars were coming home.

 

I was there at Rubina’s (the youngest Latika in the film) cramped quarters, located in a slum by the Bandra train tracks, since six in the morning.

As I sat there, watching the Oscars on their 38-inch LCD TV, I wondered if it all seemed a little incongruous.

 

An eight-year-old girl, who doesn’t have running water in her house but has a LCD TV, who didn’t go to school some time back but got the chance to act in a film being made by an unknown foreigner, and who hasn’t travelled much of her country but got to go to the biggest movie event of the year.

 

And then, mentally I corrected myself. It wasn’t incongruous, it was the stuff dreams are made of; it was destiny.

Rubina and Azhar (the youngest Salim in the film) are actually living out the “Slumdog Millionaire” story — and making seemingly impossible dreams come true.

 

Let’s hope these kids can take some inspiration from the film they have worked in.

 

You had to be there to witness the jubilation in that room when Steven Spielberg announced “Slumdog Millionaire” as the best film.

 

Please join us in congratulating the entire team of “Slumdog Millionaire”, especially A. R. Rahman and Resul Pookutty.

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finally i indian movie making history in oscars…………..as we sme one got popular it get covered by controversiets….in the same way slumdog is surrounded by both …….controversies …..but acccording to me movie has smething extra….everthing is good n it deserves to rock oscar

Posted by Piyush Monga | Report as abusive

Good Cast…
Brilliant Team…
A Great Product….

Oscar is another jewel in the crown.
For people making fuss about the movie -

“A foreigner can see the real India and tell a story far better than some Bollywood junk makers. No body cried when DHARAVI was made on the slum.”

Posted by Syswin | Report as abusive

We should all welcome cross-cultural and fusion films such as “Slumdog”, “Memoirs of a Geisha”, and others which present a world platform to actors from various countries.

Posted by Bob McCoy | Report as abusive

Let’s accept that “Slumdog Millionaire” is not an Indian movie. Even if we set aside the usual improbable fantasy fares churned out by Bollywood every year, the film does not even compare to some of India’s regional bests. If it had not been for the people of our country who love to own anything with the Indian brand on it and the media that simply loves a controversy, it would not have gone as far as it did. It wasn’t a superb film to begin with, but we made sure it stayed in the limelight.
It’s an entertainer like many many Indian movies that never make it to Oscars or even national awards. It has won eight Oscars, great! What does not mean for India, other than of course pave the way for many other international film makers to beeline here for very cheap extras and free publicity?

Posted by rituparna | Report as abusive

SLUMDOG MILLIANAIRE ,YES THEY ARE SAYING INDIANS HAS DONE IT.

BUT AGAIN A DIRECTOR FROM BRITAIN CAME AND ABUSED US VERY POLITELY THAT WE ARE DOGS ,AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO RECIEVE THAT AWARD.GOVT OF ALL STATES MAKING THIS MOVIE TAX FREE INSTEAD FILE A CASE AGAINST THE DIRECTOR.

THE REAL BOOK BY WRITER WAS NAMED Q/A NOT SLUMDOG MILLIANARE ,HE COULD HAVE MAMED THE FILM THE SAME ,WHY SLUMDOG,IT CLEARLY MEANS THAT THE INDIANS LIVE IN SLUMS ,HAVING DREAMS ACTULLY THEY ARE DOGS.

Posted by sarabjit kaur | Report as abusive

I am Indian who resides in LA. I have never been so proud to be a citizen of India.
In my opinion, A R Rehman sums it up very well by saying that he is there to receive the award on behalf of the entire country of India because he chose love and not hate.
I urge people of all faiths living in a pluralistic society like India, to cling to his precious words and make India the greatest country.
Let us all live in Peace and Harmony. It is the only solution to unstoppable progress….much like in the United States of America where the talent and content of character supercedes everything else.

Posted by Farid Desai | Report as abusive

As much as I admire Indians winning at the Oscars we do have to accept the fact that this movie is not Indian. Its about Indians. Its about what a majority of children are put through. Celebrate yes!. But, what are we going to do about the bitter truth this movie has shown us. How many of us even knew that this was the situation. How many of our politicians even knew that our children go through such a life. More than celebration dont we need to introspect as to what went wrong in our country.

Posted by Sridhar | Report as abusive

I am not demeaning anybody out here.But people we have to admit that this is not an Indian movie.As far as A.R.Rehman goes,he creates masterpiece everytime.And Gulzar Saab? He is a genius we all know.But when it comes to the movie,what kind of approach is it to call people of slums as dogs.Does India has only slums? Or India is the only place where poverty prevails?Dont we have heritage?Culture?We know we are “developing” not “developed” yet but does that mean we let go our self respect?Rahman has given all time classics like ROJA.What about that?RDB was not given the deserved.LAGAAN as well!I think we really need to wake up!

Posted by Moumita | Report as abusive

I think Slumdog is a wonderful movie and definitely deserves an Oscar. I am from India and it makes me proud. If there is anything we should be ashamed about is the fact that we as Indians have allowed our own people to live that in our country doing very little or nothing to address it and not about a movie that showed some of it on a silver screen. I also thought that it was so nice of the producer to take the children with him to the Oscars. I dont agree that he has abused anybody… the children were paid well and the director even has a trust fund set up that the children will have access to when they are older. He has also paid for the kids schools. There surely are ONLY 1 or 2 Indian producers who would have done that if it were produced by Indians. It is such a joy that atleast a couple kids really have lived some of their dreams! Slumdog Millionaire is a true winner!!

Posted by SP | Report as abusive

How strange; a movie about the horrors of childhood in the slums, and Indians are proud of it?

How about you do something about the deliberate maiming of innocent children to front the ‘Beggers Mafia’ thriving there?

Besides, the movie was only entertaining, and hardly any kind of artistic achievement. It will be quickly forgotten unless it spurs change in a culture dominated by the caste system.

Posted by Imrighter | Report as abusive