Over reaction and Storm in a Thimble

Take I kg of  Deewar – or any other Bhai-Bhai movie

Marinade it in masala (not desi) overnight

Add 250 gms of a lesser known Hindi movie Pranali – its about under age sex workers

Add 300 gms of class conflict from snooty upper class …. who are gareebon ke dushman – remember NamakHalal “I can talk inglis, I can walk inglis” Any Hindi movie fits the bill.

Cook it on slow fire

Add tadka of police interrogation from pot bellied cops … remember Ghayal?

Serve hot – with a garnish of Golden Globe

And you have a brand new tasty dish called Slum Dog Millionaire

My questions

Ismey kya naya hai?  Just the angrezi name Boyle and classy cinematography

Ismey kya burai hai?

Its a wonderful movie.  F&^k the guys trying to gain free publicity out of it

Total entertainment and paisa vasool

I downloaded it and watched – so dont look at me surprised.  The curiosity got to me


This has been edited to add the latest news


Mr Bacchhan says Oscars are not the ultimate recognition!!

Me thinks the gentleman doth protest too much.

Angoor khatte hain Sahib!


Like I said earlier “Really bad form old chap, grown men should not cry”


15 thoughts on “Over reaction and Storm in a Thimble

  1. Oh, I completely and vehemently disagree. Its not about paisa-vasool.

    Hey paisa vasool was just a figure of speech

    I really liked this movie, for all it portrayed about India. I agree there is nothing new about this – Poverty, class-conflicts, child abuse, et al.

    But whats beautiful about the movie is that somehow, at the end of it, I felt proud of my country. I watched it in a theatre full of angrez, and nobody, not one person got up to leave when the movie ended. Everyone saw the whole movie, including the last song (Jai Ho) which was typically Bollywood.

    I think the movie portrayed Hope and Magic, among other things like the touching innocence of the little orphaned boys who run atop the trains with a liberated smile on their face.

    My vote certainly goes for Slumdog!!

    True, I loved the movie too

  2. Heh! I think I’m going to succumb too… everyone I know has been asking me to just watch the movie!
    My sister is watching it this weekend… but, I haven’t made up my mind yet…
    But, I think I will watch it, if for nothing else – but, as you said – the curiosity might just get to me!

    I went in with curiosity, came out a believer!

  3. @ Allytude – aaah nice question !! I concur.

    Really too much fuss about nothing. Its a movie after all !!

    Watch it if you like it, if you dont like it leave it. If some one is giving it awards whats the problem ??

    No Ritu, i am not telling this to you, I am telling this to all who have made a fuss about this !!

    Ahh Dhiren, really smart. You saved yourself a war with the last sentence/em> 😀

  4. I don’t know if it deserves all the awards it’s been getting but I did love the movie!

    It is a uplifting movie with a message of hope … truly what the doctor ordered in the current scenario. That is why its getting awards. I loved it because its a desi dish with vilayati tadka

  5. If it was a indian film, i dont think it would have been nominated for oscar.Media is giving much coverage.

    I disagree, a Golden Globe winner would be hyped a lot. It is an Indian film – deals with India. Nobody calls CC2C a firang film … and it is made by Warner

  6. Haven’t seen the movie yet, actually I’m not one into movies… but yes, like others, I’m mighty curious…

    Have heard the songs, A R Rehman has better music to his credit, this one is just ordinary… 🙂

    That is true Ravin, I still think Roja and Bombay had better music, and Rehman’s Ma Tujhe Salam is beautiful and awe inspiring

  7. am yet to watch it. You know, if I were a western film-maker and one day I decide to make a film with India featuring prominently in it, what are the things that would get me excited? If I were to shoot, say a million reels of India, what would strike me in reel after reel? I think the answer is obvious…India’s poverty. Or the clichéd ‘underbelly’. You see, my film has to have an audience. If I make a fantastic film about, say…India’s Mission To Moon, I think I will find very few seats occupied in the western countries (where I would want to showcase it). So poverty it has to be. It sells. The film-maker is an artiste at heart (I am yet to go to the dark side of cynicism, at least for artistes) but he has a family to feed and the families of his staff to feed. How can he make a movie that will be deemed as spectacular but showing very commonplace stuff?

    I think the stereotypes have been around forever. The way Indian film-makers have portrayed West, right from ‘Poorab Aur Paschim’ to ‘Namstey London’ is nothing but terrible stereotype. And what is more embarrassing is that the ‘heart’ of the stereotype has not changed AT ALL. The decadent and hedonistic ‘gora’ log who call their parents by names. Who drink and smoke unapologetically. Drop spouses like dresses. I think the Indian film fraternity has lost the right to cry foul about ‘stereotypes’ at least. Apart from a refreshing trend in the last few years, I think largely our movies are stereotypical. And we have loved them for it.

    You see, Hollywood does not show much of India. Europe, Australia, New Zealand (Peter Jackson,thank you) even China and off course Russia are the commonly used ‘exotic’ destinations. Whenever they have showed it, it is laden with stereotypes: The Snake Charmers, The Maharajahs, The Peasants and yes, The poverty. So bring it on…if Mr. Boyle has done something different with the stereotype, which I think he has, I am all for supporting him.

    On another note: I have read the book. It is perhaps the greatest example of ‘gimmicky’ writing in the history of Indian literature. The protag’s name is (would you believe it) ‘Ram Mohammad Thomas’. Go figure! But I must say, it is an excellent source for a film. Manmohan Desai, how I miss you today! You would have made a gem of a movie out of this book. Er…but it would have not got the ‘GGs’ or the ‘Oscars’ 😉


    PS: BTW, I have finished the first draft of my novel ;-)…how would you lik to become the alpha reader?

    Yes Rohit, I would. Send it across to me – I am honoured 😀

  8. like i mentioned in the previous post, the boyle association matters a lot, if it would have been made by an indian director/producer IT WOULD NOT HAVE GOT THIS…

    and Big B lesser said the better… I think angoor bahut khaate hain 😉

    PS: I have still not seen the movie but i am so sure abt the above just by hearing the music… like i mentioned before Rahman has much much better music to his credit…

    I agree to this. Boyle is the firang tadka to the mix, and Rehman’s done better. Big B uff, he needs to get real

  9. ATLAST!!!!! Someone who thought the movie was not amazing. I thought I was the only one who did not find it worth a oscar. There are better movies made in India, about India and by INdians but probably the world likes to see only this part of India.

    It is very Bollywood – but then I thought Titanic was Bollywood

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