'Slumdog Millionaire' is mediocre, trashy: Director Priyadarshan

Mumbai, Feb 1 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.

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Mumbai, Feb 1 (IANS) 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 IANS.

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.


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  • Posted on: 05 February 2009 at 2:44amMasakali

    priyadarshan sucks

    so if slumdog is a bad film, then i guess he thinks malamaal weekly is the best film on earth lol! agree with people''s comments below: PRIYADARSHAN GET A REALITY CHECK!!

  • Posted on: 02 February 2009 at 6:28amdelicate

    HOW CAN A DIRECTOR NOT GET THIS FILM??? IT IS SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - OBVIOUSLY IT WOULD BE SET IN THE SLUMS. I MEAN DUH!!!

    THIS DIRECTOR HIMSELF HAS WITNESSED SOME OF THE MOST SILLIEST OF FILMS BEING PRODUCED FROM INDIA. I.E FOLK START SINGING IN THE RAIN TO IMAGINERY MUSIC, EVERYONE SEEMS TO KNOW THE WORDS AND STEPS, SOMEHOW THE HERO CAN SINGLE HANDEDLY FIGHT ALL THE VILLIANS. Someone else does it and gets an award so he becomes sore about it? not to mention Slumdog WAS NOT 3 HOURS LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FILMS LIKE CHAMELI, BRASHTACHAR GARDISH were these not films of exploitation and degradation?

  • Posted on: 01 February 2009 at 5:56pmtsfme

    Hypocrisy exists..Everywhere
    Someone please..Find a cure

  • Posted on: 01 February 2009 at 3:06pminoel

    Slumdog millionaire is mediocre, trashy-DirectorPryardarshan

    This Director does not get it. It is a film of hope. Slums are 45% percent of the population. India is beautiful & the world knows it. There is enough in the book that would allow for a second movie, go ahead, make it. Show the world! In 1959 Marcel Camus, a french director made Black Orpheus in Brazil with an all black cast that was mostly from the slums (favelas) & filmed in the slums. It went to win many prizes, including an Oscar for best foreign film. Brazilians to this day feel honoured that the film was made in Brazil. If Director Pryandarshan feels unconfortable about the slums, he should do something about it. Maybe this movie will help us correct the living conditions in the slums. We should thank Danny Boyle for bringing this matter to our attention.slums

  • Posted on: 01 February 2009 at 12:26pmkaranpatellover

    i feel priyadarshan is right..
    in slumdog dy jus portrayed india so cheap!

  • Posted on: 01 February 2009 at 9:25amneeltrivedirock

    NOTHING BUT HYPOCRISY!

    It''s easy for Priyadarshan to say that, he''s a celebrity and is sitting pretty in his luxuries, not realizing that everybody is not that fortunate. It''s funny, but I didn''t hear him slam movies like Satya and Chandni Bar. But if a western director shows the harsh reality of India, it''s cheap and trashy? And what about Indian movies like Purab Aur Paschim, Namastey London and the little known movie Amma (1986)? Didn''t they portray stereotypical gora characters? Now THAT''S nothing but hypocrisy.

    Priyadarshan and everybody else who are slamming SM need to wake up and smell the coffee. India is MUCH MORE than poverty but nobody can deny that poverty is a huge part of it no matter how much a typical Bollywood masala film shows otherwise.

  • Posted on: 01 February 2009 at 7:46amGwen77

    Priyadarshan needs a reality check

    Why is it that indian cinema needs to be only about he beauty and riches of india??? If a foreign director chose to show the poor and less priviledged mumbaikars, it does not mea he is trying o degrade our nation. Poverty and slums are a harsh reality of our country

    and in my opinion i would like to thank danny boyle for removin the rose coloured glasses all these indian directors are wearing and showing to the rest of the world AND INDIA that although india is progressing and getting closer to being the most powerful country in the world, the poor are getting poorer while the rich are getting richer

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