It’s a bit really late to write on this now, a week gone by almost. But really the hype over Slumdog Millionaire, a pretty average film to me, has been on my mind for quite sometime now. The movie, in its true essence is an Indian movie. No doubt about it. Gordon Brown may be proud of it, but we are prouder than ever because of our success. A fully Indian cast, economic capital of India as the prime location, some of the most talented artists of India, with a few British technicians and crew members with director Danny Boyle, makes this movie stand apart from the rest because of its blend of two cultures. But the movie can surely boast of its sole Indian essence. The criticism of the poverty portrayed was surely expected right from the time the film was being made am sure.
But this is India, and I strongly feel had it not been for Danny Boyle, this film would have been gone absolutely unnoticed. A film which wouldn’t have bothered a fly. But I feel as Indians we need to accept the true facts that we are Indians, where poverty is really a big issue. We do tend to hide it under the carpet everywhere. Absolutely a very unwanted pragmatic approach to the issue for sure. 800 million of the Indians earn below 20/- a day. This is the irony of poverty. This is reality. And if someone depicts the reality, as a progressing nation, we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. We are trying to eradicate poverty, we have moved forward a lot in this field, and we need to progress further. So this unnecessary hype over criticizing the poverty is really not legible. We should be self-confident about ourselves and the state of our country and not just feel shy of getting it exposed to outsiders!! Slums are everywhere, don’t forget Pursuit of Happiness guys !!