Monday, February 23, 2009

When an underdog (for years) becomes a superstar (in a blink) - That's who we call ‘destiny's child’


Guess what, I walked the red carpet at the Oscars last night. It was an amazing feeling and I was exhilarated! It’s only when I was forced to accept that it was fiction all the way – that indeed it was a dream! :-( So guys . . now stop consoling me for God sake!
Vokayy, so you know why I dreamt the Oscars. Yeah exactly, the Oscar ceremony happened on 23rd Feb 2009 in Los Angeles, USA and people in India were really excited about the 9 award nominations against which we swept 8 awards at the Oscars for the blockbuster movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, directed by British Director Danny Boyle.
Frankly, at the beginning, I was not very much in favour of the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. My first reaction was …how can a stranger come to India and expose only the darker side of Mumbai in India. Yes, agreed that over half of the 15 million population in Mumbai live in slums but remember that Mumbai is also the financial capital of India where both the educated & successful vis-à-vis the less fortunate people below poverty line co-exist.
But, looking at it more carefully – one realizes that this is a wake up call for the government of India to treat this firsthand. We do not want heritage, we want development is the key message.
We know that the population in India is the second largest in the world but we also know that the government is capable of eradicating poverty and illiteracy by attacking and treating it from its core. But not taking this task too seriously is the key problem.
The trailers of the movie, showed poverty stricken Mumbai in the limelight and this completely de-motivated local people at the beginning but I believe, we have changed our minds.
Danny Boyle made sure, he absorbed the best Indian talent in the film, in the field of music & lyrics, sound, singing and also roped in newcomers who played the lead roles in the film. He also absorbed a few slum children to play important roles in the film, hence giving them a sense of freedom and a sense of determination that the sky is the limit. Danny believed in each one of them and yes we salute him for that.
I haven’t watched the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ as yet, but plan to catch up with the movie very soon. Hopefully, it’s running in some theatre in Mumbai, since it has been a long time now since the release of the film.
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Until I am back with my next article, “Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.”

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