My hate campaign against Slum Dog Millionaire continues….

1 Mar

I am surprised at myself  for taking this Slum Dog Millionaire movie issue way too seriously. I never thought the movie is good enough to feature in my blog. But then I never expected  one of my good friends to call me a  “traitor” just because I carry the opinion that SDM is one of the movies which never deserved an Oscar. 

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Here is my previous post on Why Slum Dog Millionaire should never have won the Oscar award.

Re-emphasising  my views …..

 How dare a British director Danny Asshole Boyle can call a poor Indian – Slum Dog ? How the hell did we accept and applaud and award a movie like that ? 

Slum Dog Millionaire

 

 

How dare did Danny Asshole Boyle showcase a child jump into a Feces “Shit” pit, just to bring in the element of dramatism and shockvalue in his  movie? I can assure you that no Indian will do a disgusting thing like that to meet Amithab Bhachan. If the director’s intension was to show a Indian child’s resluteness then he had many other ways to show it.  I wanna personally meet this Danny bloke to slap him and throw him into one such pit in the backyard of my house.

How did the Oscars ignore genius musician  AR Rahman  when his movies Laagan, Rang De Basanti went for the Oscars? Each and every song in that movie were a million times better than the stupid “Jai Ho” song.  Jai Ho is mediocre in every sense . So the question is – How dare Oscar and Co insult AR Rahaman ( an asset of this nation) by giving him an Oscar for an ordinary movie with ordinary songs? 

Jai Ho

In awarding Oscar  to a  mediocre song like Jai Ho, I realize that Oscar is another mediocre award therefore all the more reason for me to claim that AR Rahaman was insulted with the award and in doing so insulted the country as well.

May sound a bit extreme to those who reading this post but that is exactly how I look at it. 

By the way ,  Frida Pinto who acted in the movie ditched her fiance and now dilly dallying with Dev Patel. 

nice …. 

One more thing , if someone is going to file defamation case against me for this post I am ready to take it on..

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22 Responses to “My hate campaign against Slum Dog Millionaire continues….”

  1. Harshad Joshi March 1, 2009 at 6:31 am #

    You right. Send AR Rahman to live in slums. Send all the assholes glorifying poverty to stay in Dharavi..

    That ugly asshole briton is wrecking Indias image.

    India isent about slumdogs, India is an IT superpower.

  2. Karthiksn March 1, 2009 at 7:29 am #

    I see you read lot of paper but sorry to tell you dude whatever was shown in the movie was not that far from the truth. Its just that you and me dont live in a slum thats why you dont see the poverty they face.

    I personally believe that the movie didnt deserve many of the oscars that it did but unfortunately none of those reasons are here. Your hate is basically centered around the fact that Indians were called slumdogs. Slumdog though a deregotary term is just a title like thousands of other movie. Even if the movie was about American Poverty Slumdog would still have been used.

    And just in case the movie is based on a book called Q&A which showed a much more gritty world than this.

    I guess I should write some reasons why the movie really shouldnt have received the awards.
    One of the main reasons being inconsistencies within the script. The very fact that Jamal speaks flawless english is one. There are lots of loopholes in the script here and there.
    Then the fact that direction was very mediocre there werent enough technically great scenes. Many scenes had camera shakes were it wasnt required.
    And a lot more such technical issues.

    And on the fact that why A R Rahman received an award is not that hard to understand. Western culture has never been exactly introduced to Indian Tunes. They have heard almost everything except Indian Music. To them its real and different. The exact reason why A R Rahman got award.

    Its right that he got it because he worked on a hollywood film but its because foreign films category doesnt have best musical score. I also believe it wasnt his personal best.

    Technically the movie was no good but lobbying is heavily prevalent in Oscars something everyone has accepted. Most of the awards it received were through lobbying.

    You should have checked out the movie a little more closely to put up some more concrete reasons against it.

  3. Babu March 1, 2009 at 8:03 am #

    read review inhttp://babusyed.blogspot.com/

  4. Harshad Joshi March 1, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    USA is in very bad economic state and currently needs the money of Middle East Islamic saudis..!!

    So, to appease them, the USA is endorsing muslims around the world..!!

    AR Rahman, previously known as Dilip Kumar, is a muslim…

    By giving him two awards, USA feels that they can win islamic confidence..!!

    Its all bloody shit politics..!!!

    In my opinion, Shankar Ehsaan Loy are more talented then that AR Rahman..!!!

    Tip – AR Rahman copies music from the band Enigma..

    1. ‘Age of Lonliness’ is directly copied by Rahman in a film called Criminal starring Nagarjun, Manisha Koirala..!

    2. A tune from ‘Callas went away’ is copied by AR Rahman in Roja

    3. ‘Oh humdum suniyo re’ from Saathiya is copied from ‘Backstreet Boys’ album..!!

  5. Harshad Joshi March 1, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    Tip – Slumdog Millionaire is not based on Vikas Swaroops ‘Q&A’..

    All the concepts are changed by Asshole Boyle to appease Pakistani Muslims in England..!!

  6. Karthiksn March 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    First the screenplay is not by Danny Boyle but by Simon Beaufoy. He just picked it up because he liked it. And saying that USA thing is also a bit dumb since most of the technical crew including Boyle is British and not American.

    And as I said it is *based* on Q&A by Vikas Swaroop, I never said its the exact same story. It definitely has a minority undertone but it clearly is used to show how hard it is for the minority in India.

    Its sad to see people with no or so less knowledge about technical aspects of cinema cursing a movie like this.

  7. Karthiksn March 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    @Harshad Joshi
    Criminals music is not by A.R. Rahman but M.M. Keeravani

    Also giving specific songs might help so that I can atleast listen to the original.

  8. sgarg1394 March 2, 2009 at 2:16 am #

    Prof. Ruth Vanita writes in The Missoulian “Slumdog Millionaire’ lacks warmth, accuracy” (article and link pasted below).

    Salman Rushdie is not impressed by the triumph of Slumdog Millionaire at the 81st Academy Awards and says the movie “piles impossibility on impossibility”. Here is a partial illustration of what they are talking about:

    Wired News: It seems to be a Western stereotype about India, the poverty and bad sewage systems in the slums, Hindus assaulting Muslims, men assaulting women and children, gangsters pulling out eyes of children, tourists being robbed at the Taj Mahal, call-centre staff mishandling calls, and gangsters all over.
    http://www.wiredprnews.com/2009/02/27/slumdog-millionaire-oscar-winner-or-india-eye-opener_200902272566.html

    Even some Pakistanis know the truth about Slumdog.
    Slumdogs and fat cat bankers
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=165005
    Excerpt: “For an America that is experiencing what is possibly the worst recession in its history since the Great Depression, Slumdog Millionaire offers some relief from its own lethal cocktail of unemployment, unaffordable food, homelessness and increasing debt. Americans who are mesmerised by the cinematic kitsch of Mumbai’s underbelly are clearly seeking palliatives to the horror stories tumbling out of the Byzantine world of investment bankers who have been the cause of their undoing.

    For them, specially the legion who have lost their homes in the property market crash, real life characters like John Thain, the former chief of Merrill Lynch and Co, who couldn’t work without a $1,400 wastebasket in his office and a $35,000 commode in his toilet, are probably harder to stomach than the impeccably British-accented Jamal Malik who tries to pass off as an unlettered chaiwallah (tea boy) and hops from one implausible situation to the next with all the aplomb of an Etonian before winning Rs2 crore (Rs20 million) in a game show.”

    1. what is the chance of an indian living in Dharavi? 0.001 (1 million Dharavi residents out of a total population of 1.2 billion)
    2. what is the chance of a Muslim living in Dharavi? .03 (assume the percent in Dharavi is twice the percent of Muslims in all India)
    3. what is the chance of a Muslim child in Dharavi being orphaned due to parents being killed by a trishul during a communal riot: 0.001 (assume 1 out of every 1000 dharavi muslims has been orphaned in such manner)
    4. what is the chance that a muslim from dharavi makes it to Kaun Banega crorepati: 0.001 (assume 1 out of every 1000 dharavi muslims has participated in Kaun Banega crorepati)
    5. what is the chance that an orphaned muslim kid in dharavi has a buddy whose eyes have been gouged out by a spoon: 0.001 (assume 1 out of every 1000 dharavi muslim orphan has a buddy whose eyes have been gouged out by a spoon)
    6. what is the chance that a gameshow contestant in India gets tortured by police for alleged cheating: 0.001 (assume 1 out every 1000 gameshow contestants in India do get tortured by police for alleged cheating)
    7. what is the chance that a gameshow contestant in India needs to answer at least 4 eurocentric questions in the same session: 0.01 (this one is tough – I’m assuming 1 in a 100)

    One can go on and on but the chance of all these events happening to the same person as depicted in Slumdog: 3X10^-20 or approx 0.00000000000000000003!!!! Even if every single event “shows the truth about India” in isolation, taken together the picture painted by Boyle is so improbable that it makes Superman the movie look like a hard-hitting documentary.

    What is the chance that in a true Indian movie all the corrupt people including the policemen, the gameshow host etc would have been received their just retribution by the end of the movie? 100%. This is why Slumdog is a foreign film, not an Indian one.

    Salman Rushdie slams Slumdog Millionaire
    IANS | Tuesday, 24 February , 2009, 12:04

    India-born Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie is not impressed by the triumph of Slumdog Millionaire at the 81st Academy Awards and says the movie “piles impossibility on impossibility”. In a speech at Atlanta’s Emory University, Rushdie called the book and movie nothing more than “feel-good”. He also complained about various portions of the narrative, from how characters manage to acquire a gun in India to how they mysteriously wind up at the Taj Mahal, 1,000 miles away from the previous scene.

    This isn’t the first time that Slumdog Millionaire has felt the lash of Rushdie’s tongue, Examiner.com said, noting that in January he told the New York Times: “I’m not a very big fan of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.”

    “I think it’s visually brilliant. But I have problems with the storyline. I find the storyline unconvincing. It just couldn’t happen. I’m not adverse to magic realism but there has to be a level of plausibility, and I felt there were three or four moments in the film where the storyline breached that rule,” he said. The Reader and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – other movies that bagged Oscar trophies – didn’t fare any better with Rushdie.

    http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14861027

    Slumdog Millionaire’ lacks warmth, accuracy
    Monday, Feb. 23, 2009
    By RUTH VANITA
    http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2009/02/23/opinion/guest/guest71.txt

    Gandhi famously termed Katherine Mayo’s book “Mother India” (1927) a “drain inspector’s report” because it focused exclusively on atrocities, and seemed to assert that “the drains are India.” “Slumdog Millionaire” is that report updated. At a paradigmatic moment in the film, an Indian boy brutally beaten by an Indian adult tells a horrified American couple, “You wanted to see the real India n here it is.” Holding him tenderly, the American woman gives him a hundred-dollar bill, and replies, “Here’s the real America, son.” No irony is indicated. The real India is a place of horror, the real America a place of compassion, and it takes a Britisher to see what no Indian director could.

    After witnessing Jamal tortured by policemen, orphaned in a riot, nearly blinded by gangsters, nearly killed by a middle class family on a train, betrayed by his brother, repeatedly derided and beaten, and his girlfriend raped and almost prostituted, I wondered what was next n a battered wife, perhaps? Sure enough, his girlfriend appeared with a black eye bestowed by her live-in master. That such horrors occur in India is tragic. But when all of them befall one person in
    the course of 18 years the result is unwittingly farcical, recalling the sufferings inflicted by Tom Sawyer on Jim in “Huckleberry Finn.” It’s as if a black child in the U.S. were sold by his parents, lynched by the Klan, sodomized by a priest, caught in a school shooting, mutilated in a race riot, and beaten by the police, all in 18 years.

    Unsurprisingly, the film is controversial in India and is running to near-empty theaters there, even while it is acclaimed in the West. Early in “Slumdog,” Jamal is locked into an outhouse and wants to get out to see a film star so he jumps in the pit and emerges unrecognizable, coated in excreta. As an Indian, I felt as if the film poured excreta on much I hold dear. For instance, the beautiful song “Darshan do Ghanshyam?” (“Show yourself to me, Krishna, dark as a cloud; my eyes thirst for you”) by blind medieval poet Surdas is familiar to schoolchildren in north India. But when Jamal, on the show that makes him a millionaire, is asked who wrote it, he knows only because gangsters taught it to the children they blinded.

    Unbelievably, his school in the slum, instead of teaching such poems, teaches “The Three Musketeers” in English! Perhaps that’s where Jamal learns the English that enables him to communicate perfectly with the American couple? If so, he’s a uniquely lucky slum child.

    It is one thing to use the cinematic grammar of fantasy and quite another to repeatedly violate internal logic. Jamal is asked what Ram holds in his hand. Every Indian knows this, just as every American knows that Christ died on a cross. But Jamal knows it only because a Hindu mob set fire to his home. This is like an American who has never encountered the cross except when the Klan burns one.

    In the novel “Q&A,” on which the movie is based, the hero Ram Mohammad Thomas (symbolizing secular India) is called Ram. Director Danny Boyle, in the interests of political correctness, makes Jamal a Muslim. In “Q&A,” the TV show host’s antagonism to Ram is explained by a previous association; in “Slumdog,” his unexplained hostility is typical of nasty, classist Indians. This hostility defeats the purpose of such shows (the myth that anyone can succeed) and is untrue to reality n both hosts of the real-life Indian show were friendly with all competitors, regardless of class. If they had got
    one arrested and tortured, as the host in “Slumdog” does, the show would have shut down.

    Boyle denies being inspired by Bollywood, even though Bombay movies have consistently developed the rags-to-riches narrative as a paean to human endeavor. Bombay movies are just as gritty as “Slumdog” in their depiction of violence; what they have and “Slumdog” lacks is warmth. The Hindi movie hero typically has a girlfriend, one or more close buddies, and a community in the slum. Boyle’s hero, Jamal, obeying the modern heterosexual imperative, acquires a girlfriend, but the unremitting nastiness of every other character (with the partial exception of his brother) leaves him in a chilling isolation
    uncharacteristic of Indian cinema and society.

    Ruth Vanita is a professor of liberal studies at the University of Montana, and writes from Missoula.

  9. Vsky March 7, 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    I agree!! I am suprised SlumDog won Oscar… personally, Salaam Bombay was a better movie on street children. The plot was too unreal, and although there were some bits that made me nostalgic (I’ve been out of India for 9 years), the movie overall failed to make an impression on me.
    I’m suprised Jai Ho even won an Oscar. Forget AR Rahman, Sukwinder’s “Rabba, Aj Mera Jee Karda” from the movie “Monsoon Wedding” is absolutely awesome, absolutely brilliant and scores over Jai Ho any bloody day. So does the movie Monsoon Wedding.
    I still dont see what fans of this movie see that I dont.

  10. Ag118 March 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    I saw the film last evening and was shocked by how the poverty is overplayed in the film. Its a typical thing of western photographers and film makers to come to India, without understanding anything take those artsy pictures of poor children in india, snake charmers etc and sell it and get awards in the west.

    It was a stupid boring film. Hundreds of bollywood films are so much far better that that stupid average movie. Correct AR Rehman deserved so many Oscars for his work in better films.

    The poverty in India is overplayed and sold to create shock and get noticed. Yes poverty and corruption does exist but its in a small percent or so , it goes in the same way for other countries but no they wont sell that, would they?

    Don’t project a bad image of India to sell your product. And No we are not trying to look away from the reality. The reality is also the economic and IT growth in the country and every Indian is proud of it.

    Its a stupid film and I was angry watching it.

  11. spartanvikas March 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Ag ,

    Great comment .. and I completely agree with you on your points !

  12. Minu Pillai March 16, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    Let us not forget that the term “slumdog” was coined by Indians themselves…..galli ka kutta. Danny Boyle just translated those words.
    This movies wasn’t meant to go the mainstream after being screened at small film festivals which deals with numerous foreign movies that deal with the realities of life and not the singing, dancing and romance associated with the typical Bollywood movies or the happy Hollywood endings. It so happened that the public liked what this movie offered….the triumph of the human spirit. Given the global economy, the timing for SM couldn’t have been any better.
    I wonder how many of you critics have seen Trainspotting by Danny Boyle which deals with the filth and dirt and drug users of a sector of London. It’s not a pretty movie. Certain truths aren’t very glamorous.
    What can’t you handle about constructive criticism? India just like China is a big rabbit club expecting the world to sing songs of praises about the complexities and uniqueness of India. It’s ironic how a typical Bollywood movie with all its singing and dancing and fake realities become an instant hit while a movie that deals with the harsh realities of India is loathed by some. How many foreign movies and not Hollywood movies based on realities of life do Indians watch?
    Every country will have something they are not proud of. India has poverty. It’s definitely not the only country. However face it and deal with it. Promote family planning or better still have a one child policy which will minimise poverty which in turn will make sure that India will have less chances of being shown in the wrong light.
    Get a life and stop acting like all Indians have been thrown mud at their faces. Foreigners do know there are good things in India as well. The dualities of life will always exist…the good and the bad.
    How can a country that thrives on whitening their faces with whitening creams all the time as being fair means the world to the Indians just so they can compare themselves to the goras be talking about being unique? Just a thought………Goodluck with this campaign or whatever hate you’re trying to promote!

  13. Kareena March 16, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    Maybe Om Shanti Om should have taken the oscar awards.
    LOL.
    You guys are just a bunch of miserable fools looking for nothing more than attention. SM though not good enough for the oscars was an interesting movie, way better than the usual Bollywood crap. And why are you so bent on showing you are so good at IT and what not? Look at your frickin population? It would have to produce something constructive otherwise what a waste of space. I do remember seeing a documentary about there being a problem with disposing sewage in India. Minu’s right…..rabbit club ready to pounce on anyone who says bad.

  14. Shraddha March 20, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    Sorry for the late comment..

    My view: Warner Brothers and Walt Disney want to come to India cos Bollywood is the next best thing…. Remember how in early 1990’s even the most undeserving girl used to win Miss World, (remember priyanka chopra’s wrong answers and how ugly yukta mookhey was) and they won only cos all the international cosmetic brands wanted to penetrate into India…

    Warner and Walt Disney are using the same strategy..

    A R Rahman has done better job on movies like roja and bombay and various others…

    Taare Zameen Par was a brilliant work…

    The movie was made for the firang audience who only know to pity the poverty in India…

  15. Dr Zen March 20, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    @Shraddha

    Yes, you are right..!!

  16. American Irish March 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    Slumdog sounds like a bunch of Hollywood shock nonsense. I refuse to see it. I have already seen the masterpiece, Salaam Bombay.

  17. spartanvikas March 30, 2009 at 5:09 am #

    Compared to Salaam Bombay , Slumdog is shit!

  18. spartanvikas March 30, 2009 at 5:22 am #

    Shraddha ,

    Really appreciate your thoughts! I really dont mind if an director wants to potray India in its rawness. It is the truth and we have to accept it. The problem came ( for me personally) when he called poor India – Slumgdogs. I don’t like anyone to call my fellow citizens with such derogatory words. Definitely not an English firrang.

    And I certainly cant accept AR with 2 Oscars for mediocre work when he has given world class music before.

    Tare Zameen Par is a movie par excellence.. ..

    I second all your thoughts here

  19. nupur April 24, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    I completely disagree your view . I think slumdog deserved what it got . Though India is progressing fast it still has such slumdogs Danny has just showed us a mirror . we cant disagree that people here are crazy about filmstars You should not be so angry just because Danny is a british . In fact it shows that Indians dont have the capacity to look at the dark side if it was so an Indian would have made the film

  20. spartanvikas April 25, 2009 at 7:18 am #

    nupur,
    Thanks for your comments. Really appreciate it .
    I thought slum dog millioner dint deserve an award because when compared to other movies it dint an oscar. No doubt , movie was well made but it was not path breaking in direction, visual treat, music at all.
    my other reservation being arr receiving best music award but then he has given world class movies in various other movies which went for oscar nominations but not recogonized. I am angry becuase danny being a british his movie with Indian theme was accepted.
    There are many movies made in india showing its dark side. case in point : Rang de basanti and Indian showed corruption and had arr music. Lagaaan had awesome music of arr about under dogs winning against imperial rule showing via cricket , that created a hype and nomination but lost out on oscar award.
    why should i be angry then ?

    have any explanation for this ?

  21. Bex May 22, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    actually if the kids did not want to jump in to a pile of s*** then he would not have done it! there is some leway in film making u noe! I should know I have studied performance for the last five years!! They would not make a child do anything they did not want to do. And anyway maybe the child found it funny!!!! Before saying things like it didnt deserve an oscar (WHICH IS DID BY THE WAY!!) you obviously need to get the facts right darling!!

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