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Slumdog whatever…

No.it wasn’t a ‘Password Visarlo’ moment.I always did remember my password. It’s just the entire bottleneck of thoughts that happened…just when you thought of writing about hypothetical concepts like ‘Examination preparations’,enter 10 neighbors and their AK-47’s..welcomed by policemen and their lathi that hardly manages to scare even my 10 year old pansy cousin…‘Atithi devo bavaha‘ taken to another level altogether…!

Then came in the thought of the entire ‘Tall-Dark-Handsome..really?’….but then you have this Tata indicom internet connection that obliges you with speed in ‘bps’ and occasional ‘kbps’…Ratan sir,once you are done with Taj,please do something about my internet connection…

Somehow living up to my image of this pest and this typical unwanted guest i managed an hour of Usain bolt like internet speed at my cousins place,denying him precious time of some College project work which supposedly involved a 2-hour chat with his girlfriend …anyways just wanted to write about this entire overrated experience called ‘Slumdog Millionaire‘…

I remember someone telling me about the movie making it to the top 250 spot at IMDB,impulsively started downloading..but with an estimated time of 2 months 3 days 4 hrs 3sec to download the 700-Mb movie i yet again lived up to my image,pestered all possible friends for a download..managed one finally…

Firstly the music..with supreme reluctance it hurts to type this but Rahman sir dint deserve it for this…The nominated track ‘Jai ho’ dosent really invoke that ‘Rahman-has-done-it-again’ feeling…ditto with the lyrics…Gulzar definitely has better work to his credit..and even its picturisation in the movie was actually a sarcastic dig on the song n dance sequences of Bollywood…In fact ‘Paper planes’ from the same album is simply Rahmanisque…wonder if the panel even heard that…only if Roja,Saathiya,Yuva,Bombay were Hollywood movies…sigh.

Now the Movie…my first reaction to the movie was-‘Good’…no hangover…i generally have this hangover for a day or two after a good movie…movies are more of an experience…this one being just another good experience…

There is something about Bombay(i still prefer calling it that) that fascinates the west…and it is rather unfortunate that an Aussie’s Shantaram or a Brit’s Slumdog Millionaire or even an almost Indian yet Canadian Passport holder Mira Nari’s Salaam Bombay has to do the job…i guess it is high time Indian cinema gets more recognition…it is high time an almost indian movie stops getting noticed only because it has a white director…it is high time Indian music stops getting noticed only because it features in a Hollywood movie…agreed we’ve had a terrible cinematic history…but cant really hold that against us for a lifetime…RGV’s Satya is one of the better depiction of the city and it’s mafia ever…where it probably lost was it’s director race i guess…

A global platform for our movies can actually bring out the best talents in the country…unfortunately in a country like ours there are are severe limitations to one’s creative excellence…one has no creative liberty whatsoever…a producer today would any day vouch for typical commercial mainstream bollywood music…quyality takes a backseat… i doubt Rahman could have given a Slumdog score for an Indian movie…however times have changed and thats exactly why its high time we get a wider audience…

Anyways thats all i found time for…have a LOT more to write…awaiting new internet connection…not that i figure in the panel or have any creative knowledge whatsoever…but all i know is if the white house could go black this time we are in for some serious changes…

PS: Listen to Rahman’s Masakali from Delhi 6…Right now…:)
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