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India claims 'Slumdog' as its own, eyes Oscar success

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MUMBAI (AFP) India is claiming "Slumdog Millionaire" as its own after the film's Golden Globes success and is eagerly awaiting next month's Oscars, amid suggestions that it could prompt a change of direction in Bollywood.

The rags-to-riches love story about a Mumbai slum dweller scooped the best film, best director, best screenplay and best music prizes at Sunday's ceremony, making it a contender for Academy Awards glory.

Indian media coverage of the film has eclipsed even that for the country's official entry for the Oscars -- actor-director Aamir Khan's "Taare Zameen Par" (Stars on Earth) -- and is likely to reach fever pitch in the coming weeks.

But few Indians seem to mind that it took a group of Britons to make "Slumdog": director Danny Boyle, screenplay writer Simon Beaufoy and production company Celador Films.

The cast, co-director Loveleen Tandan, music director A.R. Rahman and the Vikas Swarup's novel "Q and A" on which the film is based are all Indian, as is the location, Mumbai's sprawling Dharavi shantytown.

That -- and a part-Hindi dialogue -- is good enough, they proudly point out.

"The movie is totally Indian," Indu Mirani, entertainment editor at the Mumbai Mirror newspaper, told AFP. "It's really good to know that a film that's so totally Indian can appeal to so many people internationally."

The British angle was also irrelevant, she added, rejecting suggestions that Bollywood directors may be piqued at an outsider making an internationally successful movie about India, in India.


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It is cent percent Indian. Hollywood has made several pacts in India in 2008 and millions of dollors are flowing into Mumbai that has begun getting state of the art facilities. With Steven Spielberg agreeing to work with Anil Ambani no less, Disney setting up shop and taking up distribution of tv serials and other collaborations, it's not difficult to think the day is far when western nations will move their studios to India. The production facilities are just getting better and better.

Slumdog is a hop from these features. After all who wants to be a millionaire became kaun banega karorpati. Can that be labelled American? Certainly not. Lets hope the global recognition that the artistes got takes them places.
One gets to see lots of Indian characters in western cartoon serials as well nowadays. Some are produced in India.
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In true sense the film has doubled the claim of some people abroad as India  = hungry people / poor people very nicely,  might as well take the credit, what an honor?
 
Ok, I agree thats a tangent but hey, am trying to get a point across didn't the makers of movie think of something better to make film off of India rather then blah ? ok sach toh sach rahega... anyways as for topic, it is not Indian film going by literal meaning.
 
 

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Originally posted by Maya_M

Originally posted by gursharan

Are we claiming a western film to be Indian flim after it's sucess or is it actually a Indian Film?

What is your definition of an Indian film?

If by Indian films you mean the ones made by our Chopras and Maniratnams in India then it is not and if that were the case then it wouldn't have been nominated for Golden Globes or Academy Awards because we only qualify under Foreign category.

The fact that SD was nominated for these awards mean that it is not Indian.

But then why are we cheering for it? Because it is an out and out Indian film in our hearts. It is based on a book by an Indian author with most cast and crew as Indians even the casting and co-director and it is based in heart of India. Other than the fact that the dialogue delivery is in English, it is very much Indian in every way.

For the first time I was happy to see a Brown stage :).

As for TZP, personally I think it is an undeserving entry from India. Just because Aamir Khan hypes a film doesn't mean that people all around the world appreciates it. There have been far better films on same subject in India and in Hollywood.



I think only the media is cheering for it, because they want to make a big issue out of it, but the public in India probably has no idea about the film, and it hasn't even been released there yet. I don't think it will be successful there once it is released there. 

What makes us proud is that a film on India has won these awards not that the film is Indian. Yea there was Indian actors and Indian music, but that is bound to happen if you are making a film on India. If the directors or the producers were Indian then it would make sense to call the film Indian.

But what other Indian movie would you suggest from India that should go to the Oscars, most Indian films are made for commercial purposes only and hardly hold any meaning to them, but TZP at least had a important message for all of us.

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