Slumdog Millionare – The Good & The Bad

16 Jan

When the film initially began, for a good 10 minutes, I sat in my seat fuming. The words of Amitabh Bachchan echoed in my mind. Indeed, the 2 hour film encompasses the worst childhood any person could dream of enduring! Agreed that some people have a traumatic upbringing. But surely no one single individual would suffer each and every conceivable hardship that a developing nation would harbour? Ever heard of a single individual who would’ve suffered from Tuberculosis and Malaria and Typhoid and Autism and every possible STD’s in 18 years of his life?

In fact, through most of the initial scenes, I vehemently felt that India had sold itself through this film for the Golden Globe. To be honest, I wouldn’t put it past some of our lot to engage in such an act.

To top it all off, Anil Kapoor was outright confusing. Was he spoofing a TV anchor? It certainly seemed like it. Was this what the director wanted of him? If so, the director is to blame. If not, the actor falls short on several grounds concerning his career. Either way, the entire gameshow bit was rather puzzling!

But towards the end of the film, the feel-good factor was running so tremendously high that one couldn’t walk out of the theatre upset.

I didn’t notice anything exceptional about the background score, possibly because I was far too involved in the film. So cannot give a thumbs up to Rehman just yet.
All actors were quite mediocre. Which goes to prove that it isn’t so much about the actor being good as it is about a good role, with a worthwhile director. With 20 takes for a 5 second bit, one imagines even a novice would get it right.

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6 Responses to “Slumdog Millionare – The Good & The Bad”

  1. Mumbai Diva January 16, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    I haven’t seen the movie yet. With all the rave reviews, I thought I would rather catch it in a theatre. But there was an article in one of the dailies in mumbai yesterday about how it is the same satyajit ray type adulation repeating itself. too much of the indian poverty bit. But I will save my comments till i watch the mocvie!

  2. Nikita January 16, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    Ditto 🙂

  3. D January 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    Honestly, when Rahman won the Golden Globe for his music, I was left wondering what exactly the music sounded like in the film! It was so forgettable.

  4. unsungpsalm January 17, 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    *Good choice, Diva and Nikita

    *D
    Haha! So agree!

  5. chandni January 17, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    I didn’t think the music was anything to write home about but I did like the film!

    I don’t understand ( and this is besides your post) what is the big deal if Indian poverty is shown…that’s as much a part of today’s India as anything else!

  6. unsungpsalm January 17, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    It portrayed one child alone suffering from Poverty, Communalism, forced beggary, prostitution AND the underworld in a period of 18 years…

    A little too much to happen to ONE individual.

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