It’s Written… :D

I remember the first time I saw it. Slumdog Millionaire that is.

I am sure you know about Slumdog Millionaire right? NO? Where the Hell have you BEEN, my friend? Stop yanking my chain! Ofcourse you know about it.


Slumdog Millionaire inspires aweJamal, Latika, Slumdog Millionaire and is truly a great movie and well-deserving of all the accolades it’s received this awards season.  I highly recommend it, with one very strong caveat — you must have a very strong constitution to view this film, especially Indians.  Several scenes depicting the conditions in the poorest parts of India are absolutely awful to watch, especially early in the movie. For the average Indian who thinks that nationality lies in making sure that the other side of ‘shining India’ is not seen, the scenes are not very palatable.

Director Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Trainspotting) does a masterful job handling an intense subject and the young Indian actors make the most of their performances.  But it’s the writer, a British guy named Simon Beaufoy who has adapted a novel by Vikas Swarup, who shines.  Slumdog Millionaire opens with a police inspector in Mumbai aggressively interrogating Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), a former street child. Jamal is a contestant on the game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati (the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?), hosted by Prem Kumar (noted Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor). Jamal has made it to the final question, but the police are now accusing him of cheating.

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The Lucky One…

I have written two different posts on Bollywood, Brimful Dreams & Bollywood Sham. This one is on a Movie that I enjoyed yesterday…

The thief who…

  1. Escapes from jail using the bike of the cop.
  2. Takes the help of chowkidar to carry the TV set while escaping through the chowkidar’s owner’s car.
  3. Says good morning to the lady who got up and saw him robbing her house.
  4. He robs the house of a news reporter who anchors a TV Program detailing the modus-operandi of Lucky.

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A ‘Common’ Child writes…

Some of the people whom I met and heard from about the movie ‘Taare Zameen Par‘ and their verdicts/opinions before I actually went out to see it…

My boss, “It’s a great movie… superb!”

A neighbor “You’ve not seen it? Yet? Why?… it’s a very good movie”

A senior person at my company “Very good movie but I felt that there was no need for the first part, the real movie start after the intermission…”

Actually when one of my colleagues suggested I go and watch this movie I reverted with a caustic remark saying “Who needs to see a movie about a little guy’s sufferings? Everybody gets flogged once in a while at school, if he escapes that then he is made fun of at the school, if the lucky titter escapes that he is Ishaan's painting in Aamir's hands bound to get his fair share when he gets ragged at college. In case of he escaping all this he is sure to be screwed enough at work, and believe me that makes up for all the hassled years that he’d have spent… There is no chance but if he is the luckiest guy and escapes this too… he marries and that’s the end of everything… he gets beaten up by his wife [this is more plausible than you think, if you are single, you are happy] and last but not the least it’s the children…” By this time the colleague had given up any hope of me ever watching this movie…

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