All about Slumdog Millionaire - Interesting News Behind this Film!!!

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All about Slum dog Millionaire - Interesting News Behind this Film!!!


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Director: Danny Boyle

Co-Director: Loveleen Tandon

Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

Composer: A R Rahman

Action Director: Sham Kaushal (Black Friday, Parzania fame)

Art Director: Abhishek Redkar (Outsourced and Christmas In India)

Author of Q&A: Vikas Swarup (From which Slumdog has been adapted)

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india

Kalyan

What is the movie about?

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The film tells the brutal but inspiring story of Jamal Malik (played by Dev Patel, a British Asian whose major turn so far has been in the television show Skins), an 18-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai who gets on to the Who Wants to be a Millionaire ? show and is a question away from winning the Rs 20-million jackpot.

Astounded by the slum boy's knowledge and suspicious of his integrity, the police give him the third degree.

In order to prove his innocence , Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother Salim grew up, of their crazy adventures on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of his love Latika (played by Mumbai girl Freida Pinto).

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india

Kalyan

Which book is the film based on?


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It's based on Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup's awardwinning novel Q&A (2005) where the protagonist has the impeccably secular (and gimmicky) name Ram Mohammed Thomas. The prologue opens with the line: "I have been arrested. For winning a quiz show." Simon Beaufoy wrote the screenplay.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali had enquired about movie rights, and so had Shah Rukh Khan, but Swarup had already sold it to the owners of KBC, Celador.


source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india

Kalyan

Where was it shot?


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Although it is largely assumed to be Dharavi, the film was extensively shot in the slums of Juhu and Versova. One shot has the children sitting on the Juhu airfield.

What were the damages?

The budget was a modest $55 million (Titanic was $200 million)

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india

Kalyan

How many awards so far?

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Not for nothing has the film been described as 'overpraised and overawarded'. From the time of its US release on November 12, it has won 64 awards, both the low-hanging fruit and coveted trophies.

When will it be released in India?

Mark January 23 on your calendar. The English version (Slumdog Millionaire) and Hindi (Slumdog Crorepati) will jingle into theatres.

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india

Kalyan

Was Anil Kapoor Danny Boyle's first choice for the role of game show host?

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Yes, the role was offered to Shah Rukh, but Boyle said he couldn't get through to the superstar because of the "several layers of people" in between.

The grapevine has it that Shah Rukh was chary of accepting because of the creepy character he would have to play.

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india

Kalyan

To whom is the music dedicated?


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To Shridhar, Rahman's main sound engineer and fourtime national award winner. The 48-year-old worked with Rahman right from Roja, and the composer trusted his judgement implicitly.

When Slumdog was ready, Shridhar thanked Rahman for putting his name on an international album. Soon after, on December 1, he died of a heart attack. Heartbroken, Rahman dedicated the music to his friend.

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india

Kalyan

Has the movie become India Underbelly Shining?

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It looks like it. Be it Aravind Adiga's Man Bookerwinning The White Tiger or Slumdog, the unpalatable realities of asli India are up there under the strobe lights for the world to gaze on. From snot-nosed children to the oppressive caste system, it's fodder that is being anew.

While acclaim for drudgery is not new (from Satyajit Ray to Meera Nair's Salaam Bombay), this is probably the first time that the worst of India is being showcased to worldwide commercial acclaim.

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india

Kalyan

'Slumdog Millionaire' bags 10 Oscar nominations

Inching closer towards an Oscar, composer A R Rahman on Thursday got himself nominated for three Academy awards for his score in
Slumdog Millionaire British-Indian movie "Slumdog Millionaire", which was in all shortlisted for 10 categories including best film and best director.

"Something good is happening and I am really happy about it," was the reaction of Rahman, who became the first Indian to win a triple Oscar nomination. 43-year-old Rahman was nominated for Best Original Score and the numbers 'Jai Ho' and 'O Saya' were shortlisted for the Best Original Song.

Close on the heels of the dual-language film winning four Golden Globes, including one for Rahman, earlier this month, Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy were shortlisted for best director and best adapted screenplay categories.

The film also won nominations in cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing and film editing. David Fincher's romantic periodical "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", starring Brad Pitt, topped this year's race with a whopping 13 nominations.

The nominations were announced at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre by Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker. The winners will be named on February 22 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

Only two Indian have won the coveted Oscar till date, Bhanu Athaiya (for costume design in "Gandhi") and Satyajit Ray, who was given an honorary Oscar for his contribution to films.

This is also the first time that an Indian has won more than one nomination in Oscars history.

Reacting to the nominations, Rahman said, "I did not think it will get there. God has been really kind. And I have to really thank the prayers of all the people and their good wishes. "There is a kind of optimism in the film and so much of positive vibes as you leave the movie hall."

In the original score category, Rahman will compete with Alexandre Desplat ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), James Newton Howard ("Defiance"), Danny Elfman ("Milk") and Thomas Newman ("WALL-E").

Rahman will compete with Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman ("Down to earth" from "WALL-E") in the original song category. Gulzar has penned the lyrics of "Jai Ho" and Mia Arulpragasam "O Saya".

Co-director Loveelyn Tandon said "We have proved everyone wrong. It's a crazy feeling beyond words. Ten nominations is something unbelievable." She said all Rahman's work has been awarded and the "world has finally woken up to his talent". The films for the best picture race are "Milk", "Frost/Nixon", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The Reader".

Those nominated in the best director category along with Boyle are David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), Stephen Daldry ("The Reader"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk") and Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon").

source : economic times

Kalyan

City of fan clubs awaits Slumdog

They celebrate new releases of their heroes as if it were a festival, and are rarely together in welcoming other films. However, fans of Ajith, Vijay, Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan are expecting 'Slumdog Millionaire' with feverish excitement. While the A R Rahman's music is an attraction for nearly everyone, people are also looking forward to the release for reasons which seem to make the movie unique.

    "In a region where game shows and reality shows on satellite channels took time to attract eye-balls, the excitement is an indication that rags-to-riches-stories will always sell," said Kavithalaya Krishnan, a television actor.

    "Look how well 'Padaiyappa' and 'Annamalai' worked," he added. "Eight years ago, not many tuned into television shows where someone walked off with a lot of money. But that has changed," he added. Intelligence and talent are not measured by academics alone anymore, said R Govindarajan, a professor. "Films like 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' work

with the younger generation in Chennai because the film shows a young, married woman competing in a reality show. There has been a gradual shift in the way we acknowledge hardwork in alternate careers," he added

    It is all about aspiration meeting luck, a familiar concept for many. "Today, no one settles for what they have. Everyone wants to move up and do better. Even those in tenements dream of going to the US for higher studies," said Rashmi Kumar, a final-year student of journalism in a city college. "Slumdog sounds like it mirrors our thoughts and hopes," she added

    City-based Dr Gayathri Srikanth, who answered a record 750 questions in twoand-a-half hours in 2007 to qualify for 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' is eager to watch a show that she missed appearing on by 0.96 seconds. "You are considered intelligent if you are seen on a quiz show. What adds drama and emotion to such shows is the fact that luck plays a major role in winning.

    "There is a lot of hard work behind the 15 minutes of fame, but television shows makes you feel it is achievable," said Raghav, and Preetha, the actor couple who have been runnersup on shows such as 'Jodi No 1' and 'Maanada Mayilada'.

    Actor Khushboo, who has been hosting game shows since 2000 is waiting to watch 'Slumdog' for a different reason altogether. "I want to know if the West is portraying India as a down trodden, dirty, place with cities full of slums," she added.

source : timesofindia

Kalyan

I feel proud of Rahman, says Boyle

Mumbai: Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle on Thursday said he was very proud the film music director A R Rahman, who got three Oscar nominations. "I feel extremely proud of AR, who couldn't be with us at the Mumbai premiere of the film. Like I said earlier when he went to receive his Golden Globe, things are changing."

    Although Beaufoy has been nominated once before for the loveable film, 'The Full Monty', this is Boyle's first Oscar nomination. "One mustn't get too greedy," he laughed. "The Indian release means a lot to me. I wasn't even thinking about the Oscars."

    Resul Pookutty, who's been nominated for sound mixing and is a permanent Chennai import for Bollywood, said he was pinching himself to believe the unbelievable. "I've been nominated at the BAFTA too," said the bearded sound engineer. "For a technician, a nomination on these platforms is extremely gratifying."

    Slumdog Millionaire is in the race for Best Picture against The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost Nixon, Milk and The Reader.
    Co-director Lovleen Tandon said she could understand Rahman's nervousness and excitement. "We are all in a state of shock," said Tandon. "I was in tears. This is the first time an Indian has received three Oscar nominations."

    Asked if the team had ever expected the movie to capture the world's imagination in the way that it had, Rahman said, "We weren't expecting one nomination when we set out to make it. But that's the beauty of art. We never think of any of these things while creating it. This movie has created so much optimism for India."

    Having completed the score for Slumdog Millionaire in three weeks must have been a great challenge for the composer. What was the inspiration behind the music? "The inspiration was the movie itself and its message. Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Vikas Swarup, they made it easy."

    Referring to the two nominated songs, Rahman said while 'Jai Ho' had a celebratory feel and tied the whole movie together, 'O Saya' reflected a mood of liberation. "This has been a great musical journey. And I'm very happy to share this moment with my family," he said.

source : timesofindia

dhilipkumar

CHENNAI: British film Slumdog Millionaire, which scripts the rags to riches rise of a boy who grows up in the slums of Mumbai, is finding endorsement from unexpected quarters.

The movie has earned the admiration of Home Minister, P Chidambaram who urged a gathering in Chennai to watch the movie, as it was representative of grit and enterprise that thrives in the slums of India.

"Please watch the movie," he said. Mr Chidambaram, however, didn't specify if he had seen the movie himself.

Mr Chidambaram was speaking at the launch of the "BYST" growth fund in Chennai, a fund formed by IFC and VentureEast, which would provide finance and mentoring for young grass root Indian entrepreneurs, constrained by limited resources

Mr Chidambaram, who till a few months back, held the Finance portfolio, said the movie's story should inspire banks to grant loans to enterprising entrepreneurs from the slums, budding with business ideas. He further said that people from the slums didn't lag behind corporate India in this respect.

Slumdog Millionaire, which won four Golden Globe awards and ten nominations for the Oscar, has probably been the most talked about movie in recent weeks. Not just for its India-centric storyline but also its music composer AR Rahman, who after having won a Golden Globe, now has three Oscar nominations to his credit.


He used the Slumdog Millionaire anecdote in this context, canvassing for more funds to promote entrepreneurship among the poor. "A slum like Dharavi in Mumbai is humming with business ideas and innovation, so we have to reach out to these people. Formal education does not necessarily measure success. Men and women are innovative and are willing to take the risk of starting a business venture," he said.

Besides the movie example, Chidambaram also cited instance of a girl in a Delhi slum who started a beauty salon with a government loan. He said such efforts from the government helped in creating in more self-employment amongst the slum dwellers.


dwarakesh

'Slumdog Millionaire' profits to go into fund

LONDON: Danny Boyle, director of "Slumdog Millionaire," has said that profits from the film would be ploughed back into the Mumbai slums where it was made.

The exact amount and how it should be spent would be discussed at a meeting of investors in London next week, but he indicated that it would be "significant." The money would be put into a fund for the children of these slums.

"What absolutely mustn't happen is that the money disappears, or people think it is a PR stunt," The Times reported Mr. Boyle as saying.

His remarks came after the makers of the film were accused of exploiting slum children and glorifying poverty to make money, though Mr. Boyle insisted that the decision to set up the fund had nothing to do with the criticism.

"This is our chance to give something back to an extraordinary city which has helped us produce an extraordinary film," he said.

Christian Colson, one of the producers of the film, denied that the two child stars -- Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail -- had been underpaid. He claimed that for a month's work they were paid "three times the amount of an annual adult salary."

He also said that a substantial sum would be paid to the children once they reached 18 and completed their studies. "It's a carrot to encourage them to stay at school," Mr. Colson said.

Source: Hindu

nithyasubramanian

'Slumdog Millionaire' is mediocre, trashy: Director Priyadarshan




Mumbai, Feb 01: Indian movie director Priyadarshan has joined the bandwagon in slamming Danny Boyle's underdog saga "Slumdog Millionaire" and has called the film a "cheap trashy mediocre version" of erstwhile Bollywood hits.

" 'Slumdog Millionaire' is nothing but a cheap trashy mediocre version of those commercial films about estranged brothers and childhood sweethearts that Salim-Javed used to write so brilliantly in the 1970s. And please quote me clearly on this. If the Golden Globe and Oscars committees have chosen to honour this trashy film it just shows their ignorance of world cinema," Priyadarshan told a news agency.

Priyadarshan, whose much-acclaimed film on the silk weavers of Kanjeevaram was shown alongside Boyle's film at the Toronto Film Festival last year, feels Indians are exercising prideful property rights over a film that denigrates Mumbai.

"I saw the film with a mixed audience at the Toronto Film Festival. The Westerners loved it. All the Indian hated it. The West loves to see us as a wasteland, filled with horror stories of exploitation and degradation. But is that all there's to our beautiful city of Mumbai?"

He is surprised that Mumbai is celebrating a film that shows only the city's underbelly.

"Why are we taking this treatment? Just because a white man has made 'Slumdog Millionaire', we're so happy with it? I've read Vikas Swarup's novel 'Q&A'. It should have been made by Mani Ratnam. Then you'd have seen what he would have done with Mumbai."

The angry director wonders why there isn't a single shot in 'Slumdog...' that shows the more aesthetic side of Mumbai?

"Why has Danny Boyle not taken one shot of Marine Drive? Do his slumdwellers exist only within their slums? And look at the absurdities...A boy becomes a national hero on a game show. One cop takes him under arrest and interrogates him relentlessly. Where is everyone else? Is this kind of confinement possible in this day and age when television cameras enter your bedroom? If one of our filmmakers had made the same film we would have blasted him out of business."

"Let them give as many Oscars as they like. We don't need to be impressed," ends Priydarshan angrily.

courtesy : Zeenews.com
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nithyasubramanian

Danny Boyle wins DGA Award for 'Slumdog Millionaire'


LOS ANGELES: British director Danny Boyle has added another feather to his cap by bagging the top honour from the Directors Guild of America for "Slumdog Millionaire", brightening his chances to scoop an Oscar for the much-acclaimed rags-to-riches saga set on Mumbai.

The British-Indian film beat rivals like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (David Fincher), "The Dark Knight" (Christopher Nolan), "Frost/Nixon" (Ron Howard) and "Milk" (Gus Van Sant) to win the award.

The DGA awards have given another major boost to the film before the big Oscar night on February 22, since the DGA winners almost always triumph at the Academy Awards, going by trends over the last 50 years.

Set in the slums of Mumbai, the film has emerged a favourite in the award ceremonies.
The latest honour for "Slumdog Millionaire" follows its recent win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where it won best cast ensemble and best picture from the Producers Guild of America, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"Slumdog Millionaire" is being seen as the front-runner at the Oscars with 10 nominations, second only to "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" which has 14 nominations to its credit.
The DGA award is also a first for Boyle, who had never previously been nominated for it.

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sajiv

Slumdog award

'Slumdog Millionaire' Wins 4 Golden Globes

Los Angeles: Danny Boyle was named best director for Slumdog Millionaire by the Directors Guild of America yesterday.



"If I can get here, you can," Boyle said as he accepted the trophy. "Dream kind and dream hard."

dwarakesh

'Slumdog' grosses $67.24 mn after another honour ahead of Oscars

After winning the top honour from the Directors Guild of America (DGA) for the Mumbai-set hit film "Slumdog Millionaire", British
Director Danny Boyle appears to be on the inside track for an Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb 22.

The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film is often an accurate indicator of who will land the Oscar for directing as 55 of the 60 past DGA award winners also went on to win the Academy Award for directing.

British Indian actor Dev Patel and newcomer Freida Pinto were among the numerous presenters at the awards gala dinner in Los Angeles Saturday, joining Hollywood actors like Sean Penn, Christian Bale and Jodie Foster.

"Slumdog Millionaire" is the eighth feature film directed by Boyle following such hits as "Trainspotting" and "28 Days Later".

The heart-warming story of a poor boy from the slums of Mumbai who goes on to win the Indian version of TV game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" has now won the top prize from the Directors Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild of America, Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards.

Meanwhile, with an estimated gross of $7,680,000 over Jan 30-Feb 1, down 28 percent from last weekend, "Slumdog Millionaire" has earned a whopping $67,244,000 in its 12 week run in the US.

Now playing in 1,633 theatres, up 222 from last weekend, the film's per-theatre average earning was $4,703, according to movie website boxofficeguru.com.

Source: Economictimes

Kalyan

'Slumdog Millionaire' is like my story: Anil Kapoor

Versatile Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, who played quizmaster in Danny Boyle's Oscar-nominated rags-to-riches story 'Slumdog Millionaire', says he sees a reflection of his own life in the film.

''Slumdog…' is like my story. I also started from scratch - a rags to riches story. I started in Chembur (a Mumbai suburb) and slowly climbed up. God has been kind in that way,' Anil said on CNN's show 'My City My Life'.

On the show, to be aired Thursday at 3 p.m., the actor tours the city and shows off 'his' Mumbai with clips of slums as well as the hangout spots of Bollywood's elite.

While doing a tour, the 49-year-old also talks about the success of 'Slumdog Millionaire', his first international venture.

The film triumphed at the Golden Globe awards and has also bagged 10 Oscar nominations.

'The film is basically a love story, but shot in a very realistic way. The film is not choreographed at all - it's very natural and real. There is nothing that is exaggerated or nothing that is downplayed,' said the actor.

The actor, whose first big hit was 'Tezaab' (1988), went on to give blockbusters like 'Ram Lakhan', 'Mr. India', 'Karma' and 'Beta'.

source : yahoo

dhilipkumar

'Slumdog Millionaire' in Tamil



CHENNAI: Slumdog Millionairewill soon be dubbed into Tamil. K. Natrajan of Falcon Films is producing it and the work is expected to be over this weekend. Titled Naanum Kodeeswaran, it has actor Simbu lending his voice for the hero Dev Patel. Veteran singer S.P.Balasubramaniyam has dubbed for Anil Kapoor and actor Radha Ravi, for Irfan Khan. It is to be released on February 14.

nithyasubramanian

Slumdog bashing!




Slumdog has certainly struck a nerve Like it or hate it, everyone has an opinion. Preliminary box-office reports say Slumdog isn't quite the millionaire he was expected to be in India. Despite all those Oscar nominations, despite the musical blandishments of local boy (and three-time Oscar nominee) A R Rahman, despite the reams of hype in the press, and despite director Danny Boyle and Co touring the TV channels in an endless cycle of promotion, the film just hasn't caught on the way it was expected to.

Yet, in a sense, the film is a bona fide phenomenon. Don't take our word for it - just ask those who've seen it. The instant reaction upon walking out of the theatre appears to be the overwhelming urge to discuss the film to pieces. Everyone has a strong opinion - about the film, about the reactions to the film, about the pieces written about the reactions to the film - and everyone is writing in a about it.

Cliche ridden


Slumdog depicts India the way a foreigner sees it and we cannot deny that. It's a good film but doesn't deserve the hype it is getting. It It is not just a personal opinion, but an assessment born of my passion for good cinema. Unlike the majority of Indian critics who can't digest the depiction of poverty and the ugly underside of Mumbai, I have no issues with the way Boyle has done it.

I felt some of the visuals were disgustingly fascinating -- like the man and the buffalo wading through muck during the chase scene. One can see the efforts made to locate such filth, guaranteed to turn the insides of anyone, leave alone the 'developed' western world audience.

My only grouse is that all this is used in a calculated manner to constitute the form of the movie while the content is so ordinary and full of cliches. Form has successfully overshadowed the pedestrian content. Nothing wrong in that as many slick, well-made formula movies have entertained people and made money. The problem is that this movie is critically acclaimed and awarded -- undeservingly so. Satyajit Ray was repeatedly criticised for his 'exploitation' of Indian poverty. But he focused on characters as human beings, rather than visuals designed to shock. That is why his characters are men and women of flesh and blood, not just cardboard caricatures, as seen in Slumdog.

Lastly, on the music award for this film. I've been a fan of Rahman right from his Dileep days and I have no doubt about his genius. Unfortunately, his score can in no way be termed the greatest or innovative. I have a sneaking suspicion Rahman may be aware of this irony. To call his work original is a travesty of justice, if not ignorance. I hasten to add that Rahman deserves global recognition, but more for his genius and contribution to music than for his score in Slumdog. If the end justifies the means, then Slumdog is a winner every which way you look at it.

One of the best movies I've ever seen. It's just about perfect. What stuck me above everything else was the pulsating, riveting soundtrack. The head pounding Indian music throws you into the perfect mood to carry you through the movie.

What am I missing? The critics love it (my favourite critic, Roger Ebert, called it a masterpiece). Walter loves it. The masses love it. So why didn't I love it? Could it be because I hate Who Wants to be a Millionaire even more than highwire walking?


With reference to the infamous "shit scene", it is significant since it shows the child's spirit. Nothing can stop him from achieving his goal (Big B in childhood, but later on the girl). Life on the streets teaches a child many things, as opposed to kids who appear on game shows after undergoing intense training. When the protagonist asks the compere of the show if he was feeling nervous, the former, having experienced various hurdles in his life, is least intimidated by the latter.

The "Slumdog Debate" shows how far we have turned away from reality. Let's accept that we are a poor nation. We have enough companies like Satyam to ensure that our poverty lasts several years. The film has rightly projected what we are. Our political bigwigs must work honestly and diligently to make us rich and prosperous. Until then, we have to tolerate such projected realities. Tantrums over the film will not alleviate our poverty.


The movie rightly portrays India's day-to-day reality. We cannot expect Boyle to put on display India's affluent who hideously ape the West. The world will obviously want to see India as it is and if we are ashamed it's time that we reformed ourselves by bridging the appalling gap between the haves and the have-nots.

However much we try to sweep poverty under the carpet, it cannot be ignored. The National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised sector says 836 million Indians or 77 per cent of the population earn less than Rs 20 a day. Poverty is an ugly reality in India. It has a global market and there is nothing to grouse about if someone markets our poverty to get an award.

It is naive to believe movies like Slumdog can tarnish India's image. It does not require a movie to showcase India and its achievements. Indians have created a niche for themselves in space and nuclear technology, and at the same time more than 60 per cent of Indians live below the poverty line. I don't think one movie will change the world's perception of India.


Every Indian is happy that A R Rahman has bagged the Golden Globe and has been nominated for the Oscars. But the Mumbai Slum Dwellers' Joint Action Committee has filed a defamation case against Rahman and Anil Kapoor. In our country, there is freedom of speech, but no freedom after speech. Is it not sad?

Boyle has made a film that portrays every possible bias against India and structured it within the matrix of Western liberal perceptions. In keeping with the current American politics, it has been nominated for 10 Oscars. Our deracinated media, which constantly looks for inspirational good news stories that invariably revolve around Western appreciation of truthful portrayal of the Indian reality, has gone into a tizzy. Danny Boyle has cunningly changed the name of the film as also the main protagonist (in Vikas Swarup's Q&A) from Ram Mohammad Thomas to Jamal Malik. Looks like Boyle has rediscovered India and made appropriate changes to fit his film into the Hindu-bad-Muslim-good mould so that it has a resonance in today's America.

First, it was director Satyajit Ray who, with Pather Panchali, depicted the wrong side of our country. Now Slumdog is doing the same.

I hate Danny Boyle. Here I was listening to the film's audio track and immersing myself in ARR's music in all its pristine form. And then, I decide to watch the movie. An accompanying friend casually mentions that he was surprised to know Slumdog was from the same director who made a dark movie named Trainspotting. I wondered why such a director would make a movie about a kid getting lucky in a TV game show.

The film's music seemed divine to me -- be it the inspirational Jai Ho with its captivating crescendos, the contrasting highs Rahman and MIA reached in O Saya or the serene song titled Riots. However, somewhere between the vulgarities of diving into a cesspool, losing a parent in a senseless riot or the unknowing participation in a programme, Boyle manages to rob Rahman's music of its divinity by juxtaposing it with a series of starkly realistic images. He skilfully ties these images as distinct episodes of Jamal's life, destined to lead him to win Who Wants to Become a Millionaire. The suspense of the contest makes it an entertaining movie. Yet, to me, it was deeply disturbing. And I believe that is the best aspect of the movie -- the decadence of life is there for you to see if you choose to.

Boyle chronicles the story of Jamal without any ideological baggage; and shows Jamal's world as he sees it. By restricting himself to simply narrating the story, Boyle has created a mirror of a movie; and the audience's reaction has a lot to do with themselves rather than the movie. So whether the film exploits or depicts poverty is a question that could elicit a wide range of responses. And that is a measure of the director's success.

I have not seen Trainspotting. But I would imagine Slumdog indicates the expansion of Boyle's creative horizons. As for ARR's music, the film's realism refuses to let me escape into the heavenly sound of the music. And therein lay the key to ARR's success -- the soulfulness of his music complements reinforces the movie's realism. Slumdog may not be an epic, but it gets quite close to being one!


A grave error


I'd like to point out a serious error in the film. In the quiz, Jamal Malik is asked, "Who wrote the bhajan, Darshan do Ghanshyam?" The correct answer in the film is said to be Surdas. This answer is incorrect.

The bhajan is featured in the film, Narsi Bhagat (about the eponymous Gujarati saint poet) made by Devendra Goel in 1957. Even then, the song is attributed to Narsi Bhagat (as was the custom with classical poems and dohas) as suggested in the last few lines, Narsi ki yeh binati sun lo, bhakt vilasi re. I had experts (including the old music director of the film, Ravi) check and they confirm that G S Nepali wrote the bhajan but attributed it to Narsi Bhagat.

I wouldn't quibble about this normally but this is a film about a quiz show and how the protagonist keeps winning. He picks the blind, Surdas' name because he recalls a young singer friend who is blinded to beg. This gets him closer to the big prize. But the poem has nothing to do with Surdas.

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'Slumdog' Dev Patel roped in for Shyamalan's 'The Last Airbender'




Mumbai, Feb 04: 'Slumdog Millionaire' lad Dev Patel is no underdog. The actor's praiseworthy performance in the flick has caught the eye of who's who of the entertainment world. Just one movie old, the young lad is already going places and his popularity quotient already beats that of the top notch industry biggies.

After Danny Boyle's much acclaimed film, 'Slumdog Millionaire' turned the young debutant into an overnight sensation, the latest director who is vying to cast Patel is the thriller maker M Night Shyamalan.

According to the latest buzz, Patel has signed on the dotted line for Shyamalan's next flick 'The Last Airbender'. Though the filmmaker had his eyes set on Patel even before he came under the arc lights, he held back due to certain inhibitions. However, once the director saw Patel in his debut venture, all inhibitions vanished and he immediately got Patel on board.

Speaking to a news daily, Shyamalan said, "Dev was one of the guys I was interested in. Then I saw Slumdog Millionaire; the kid just grew in my eyes".

The actor will be seen essaying the role that was initially offered to pop star Jesse McCartney but after Jesse's career as a "musician" interfered, Patel was roped in. the actor will enact the role of Prince Zuko in the film.

Based on a hit animated television series 'Avatar-The Last Airbender', the film is set to hit screens in 2010.

courtesy : Zeenews.com

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Kalyan

'Slumdog Millionaire' now in Tamil

With English and Hindi versions doing well at the box-office, the Tamil version of Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" is now all set to be released in Tamil Nadu later this month.

According to sources, K Natarajan of Falcon Films has been given the rights to dub the British-Indian movie in Tamil.

Popular Tamil actor Simbu is dubbing for Dev Patel, the movie's hero.

The Tamil version is expected to do well as the composer of its music, A R Rahman hails from the state. Rahman has been nominated for three Oscars including in the best original musical score category.

The musical wizard earlier won the Golden Globe for his Original Score in the movie, whose director Danny Boyle won accolades at the Screen Actors' Guild Awards.

Famous playback singer S P Balasubramaniam has lent his voice for Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor who quizzes the hero in the film and Actor Radha Ravi for Irfan Khan and the movie has been titled "Naanum Koteeswaran"(I am a Millionaire too).

"Slumdog Millionaire", which has received ten Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director, is the rags to riches story of a slum boy who strikes it rich after winning a TV quiz show.

source : economic times

Prashanth

A court here Thursday deferred hearing in a defamation case against the Indian cast of Oscar-nominated film 'Slumdog Millionare' for allegedly 'abusing slum dwellers'. The court slated the next hearing for Feb 18.

In his petition, Tapeshwar Vishwakarma, the general secretary of the Jhuggi Jhonpdi Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti (a group promoting the rights of slum dwellers), has accused music director A.R. Rahman, actor Anil Kapoor and other Indians associated with the film of 'offending the sensibilities of slum dwellers with the abusive title of the movie'.

No charge, however, was filed against the film's director Danny Boyle, who is a British citizen.

'The court of the chief judicial magistrate did not hear the petition and fixed next date of hearing for Feb 18,' Shruti Singh, lawyer for the petitioner, told IANS here.

'The name of the film is against basic human values,' she said.

A copy of the petition has been sent to the National Human Rights Commission, the State Human Rights Commission and the Film Censor Board of the central government.

Meanwhile, a group of slum dwellers protested against the showing of the film at Ashok cinema hall here and tore down posters and banners of the film. They demanded that the filmmaker remove the word 'dog' from the title.

source:yahoo

dhilipkumar

All you need to know about Slumdog Millionaire

It's already the most talked-about film of the year - and it's set to sweep the Oscar nominations tomorrow. But there's a lot that went on behind the scenes. Tim Walker has the lowdown

'Slumdog Millionaire' was all set to go straight to DVD after the film's original studio backer, Warner Independent (a division of Warner Brothers), closed down in May 2008. Luckily, the Fox studio's indie film division, Fox Searchlight, picked it up for theatrical release

During filming, Azza, the Mumbai boy who was cast as Jamal's brother Salim, had his house bulldozed by the city council - a common occurrence in the slums where much of the shoot took place. The crew found him sleeping on a car roof.

The three youngest child leads, who were all cast from the Mumbai slums, are now having their schooling funded by the film's producers. With the promise of a trust fund should they pass their exams at 16.

Anil Kapoor, who plays Prem Kumar, the host of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' in 'Slumdog', donated his fee to Plan India, a child development NGO in Delhi, devoted to raising awareness about child abuse, trafficking, education and rehabilitating deprived children.

Kapoor has starred in almost 100 Bollywood films. The real Indian version of the gameshow, 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', has been presented by two of his fellow Bollywood superstars, Amitabh Bachchan (who also features in 'Slumdog' as young Jamal's celebrity obsession) and Shahrukh Khan. Khan turned down the role of Prem in 'Slumdog' after deciding that the character was too negative.

Director Danny Boyle almost didn't film the now-famous lavatory scene, in which young Jamal crawls through a cesspit to get an autographed photo of his favourite star, because it was too similar to a scene in 'Trainspotting' (1996), in which Ewan McGregor climbs into a loo to retrieve opium suppositories.

Lead actor Dev Patel's 'Slumdog' audition was only his second ever. His first was for Channel 4's teen series 'Skins', where Boyle's teenage daughter Caitlin talent-spotted him for the role of Jamal. Last week, he was nominated for a Bafta for best actor. Not bad going.

Bollywood composer AR Rahman, who wrote the score for 'Slumdog', has worked on British productions before. He composed music for 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' (2007), and in 2002, he composed the musical 'Bombay Dreams'.

Boyle was slightly uncomfortable with the film's marketing campaign, which features posters of the two leads grinning in a shower of confetti with a quote calling it the "feel-good film of the decade". Considering that the film features poverty, torture and murder, says Boyle, "You can't go in expecting it to be 'Mamma Mia!'"

The budget for 'Slumdog' was the smallest of all the nominees for the Golden Globe 2009 award for Best Picture - Drama, which it won. 'Frost/Nixon' cost $25m, 'The Reader' $33m, 'Revolutionary Road' $35m and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' a whopping $150m, 10 times Slumdog's $15m.

Mercedes-Benz asked for its logo to be removed from any scenes shot in the slums. According to Danny Boyle, the car-maker feared that such an association with a poverty-stricken area would dent its image as a luxury brand.

Two of the film's climactic scenes were shot in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station, which was formerly Victoria Terminus, and is commonly called Bombay VT station. It is the scene of one of the terrorist attacks that took place in Mumbai on 26 November; a pair of gunmen killed more than 50 people in the passenger hall. Boyle now says he believed "you should never talk about the film in terms of the attacks, because one's an entertainment and the other is a tragedy. But the scene in the station [is one] of unapologetic romantic love... It's utterly naive, and it says love conquers all. And [I'm] proud of that. It's unintentional, obviously. But it was the best thing I could possibly say."

The scene in which Jamal is tortured was meant to be funny, says Boyle. "[It] was written as comedy, which is how I thought I'd directed it. When the scene plays in the West, everybody thinks it's about Guantanamo, but in India torture is accepted as part of the culture, like bribery." Sergeant Srinivas, the police officer, is played by the Indian actor, writer and director Saurabh Shukla.

Simon Beaufoy, who adapted the screenplay for 'Slumdog' from the novel 'Q&A' by Vikas Swarup, made three research trips to India to interview street children. He says he wanted to convey the slums' "sense of this huge amount of fun, laughter, chat, and sense of community". Boyle wasn't interested in directing a script about 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' until he heard it had been written by Beaufoy (who also wrote 'The Full Monty').

One of the film's opening scenes is a chase through Mumbai's Dharavi slum - the largest slum in Asia. Boyle says it was based on a 12-minute police chase in the Indian film 'Black Friday', about the 1993 Bombay bombings. One of his other reference points was 'Satya', a 1998 film about the Mumbai underworld, written by Saurabh Shukla (who plays Sergeant Srinivas in Slumdog)

Boyle "fibbed" to his US producers that he wanted to translate about 10 per cent of the dialogue for 'Slumdog' into Hindi, then translated almost a third of the script.

'Slumdog' will be released in India on Friday. The film has not been universally praised by Indians. A debate started by commentators on Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan's blog included criticism of the film's depiction of India as a "Third World dirty underbelly developing nation".

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'Slumdog' director Danny Boyle blasts 'child actors paid unfairly' claims




London, Feb 06: 'Slumdog Millionaire' director Danny Boyle has dismissed claims suggesting that child actors in his critically acclaimed film were not paid fairly, insisting that the facts have been misreported.

Speaking at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards, where the film won three awards, Boyle said that the wages reported are not true.

"The figures that were released were not true at all," a news daily quoted him as saying.

"The actors were paid very well. We have not released any figures - either what they were paid or what they will receive when they complete their education because it would make them vulnerable to certain elements, because they are quite large sums of money," he added.

He said that the production company wanted to make sure that the child actors would benefit from a decent education as well as the money.

"We are very proud of the way we have dealt with everybody, and it's sad that it's been misreported by some people," he added.

Boyle walked away with the gong for British Director of the Year. The film, also won British Film of the Year and Screenwriter of the Year for Simon Beaufoy.

"It's been an extraordinary journey, but in a way I should have expected something extraordinary because the city we made it in does nothing by half," he said.

"Everything's max, there's no half measures, it's a full-on passionate city, so we should have expected it, but you don't.

"It's been incredible," he added.

courtesy : Zeenews.com
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