Yesterday, I got into a huge debate with two people regarding the movie 'Slumdog Millionaire'. They both did not feel it was a deserving movie, it was over - hyped, and they both felt A R Rahman has given much better music than the one in this movie. I present to you, my arguments:
1. Even though this film is made by a British chap, it is about India. It features Indian bigwigs like Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. It features lesser known Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto. It features even lesser known slum kids, whom we still only refer to as Jamal, Latika and Salim. So, having such a varied INDIAN cast, won't Indian's relate to the movie and feel happy about it winning the Academy Award?
2. A. R. Rahman. He is perhaps India's best music composer, and he has now achieved global recognition because of Slumdog Millionaire. My friends both argued that Rahman has given better music in films such as Dil Se, Yuva, even Delhi 6. "What kind of crap is Ringa Ringa?," one had said. Well, my reply to that was, Dil Se, Yuva, and Delhi 6 have not been nominated for the Academy Awards. So globally, no one really knew who Rahman is. Even though Slumdog's music isn't at par with Rahman's other compositions, it has still won him an Oscar! This is only the beginning, and I'm sure Rahman will win many more Oscars for his wonderful music.
3. Then, one said, I don't think the movie was that great that it deserved an Oscar. To that, I asked her, which other Oscar nominated films of the year HAVE you seen? I didn't get a reply.
The problem with us is that we are all pseudo-critics. We will always go against the tide and hate the movie just because it doesn't show India how you would like it to be seen. We're un-informed haters. Look around you...nothing of the Bombay surroundings shown in the movie is fiction. It's everywhere. We just choose to ignore it.
So bottomline is, if you didn't like the movie, just pop any Karan Johar movie in the DVD, and SHUT THE FUCK UP!
Update: I'm quoting my friend Vivek P for this wonderful insight: "Yeah, it’s funny that Karan Johar takes his entire Indian crew abroad for shooting his films, whereas the Slumdog guys came to India to shoot, with an Indian crew, an Oscar-winning film."