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Originally posted by jasmine_triv

If this was an 'Indian film' it probably wouldn't receive the critical acclaim it has, without all the publicity and financial backing of the western production houses.

 




I agree 100%. This movie is a rage in the west because it was directed, financed and marketed by a westerner. Remember 'Gandhi?'- it received so much critical acclaim because it was Richard Attenborough's movie with Ben Kingsley as the main star? Has anyone in the west ever heard of 'Bhagat singh' or "gandhi my father' -movies which were also very well made with Indian history as the background.

If Slumdog had been made by an Indian, I bet it would never have received so much acclaim or fame- definitely not the GGs or Oscars(i am keeping my fingers crossed there)


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There is more to Mumbai than Malabar Hills. Our Chopras and Johars are making enough films on posh areas of Mumbai.

TOTALLY AGREE!!! The chopra, johars and maharani Ekta show that the characters all live in a perfect lavish rich mansions wearing expnesive sarees n make up 24/7 which is TOTALLY B.S.

LIke the very frst thing u notice wen u land in Mumbai is NOT MALABAR HILLS...NOT THE JUHU BEACH...NOR ANY GLAMOUROUS SIGHT but the almighty Dhravai slums which is like all around the airport area and is considered the largest slum area in Asia so yeaaa .... and Slum Dog was shot in those Dharavi areas where the poor lives so obviously its gnna be dirty n stuff....

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i think the movie was made with the western audience in mind. We as Indians have seen many similar tales of rags to riches, gangsters, underworld, riots, prostitution with a bollywood style dance in the end on the railway platform. Amitabh Bachchan's old movies have all this masala. What about the British accent of the Suave Dev Patel who played the slumdog? Wasn't Dev Patel cast in this movie so the westerns could relate to him. I could relate to the kids who looked like real slum kids with an authentic accent but Dev Patel did not suit the role IMO- he was there for the west!
 
Don't take me wrong as I actually liked the movie because of the way the story unfolded- it was an engaging tale but with all old Bollywood masalas.
 
The west loves to see the so called 'real India'. They love a rags to riches story and the story of an underdog. Jay Leno on his show called the slums of Mumbai "beautiful' I thought that was an unfortunate comment from a westerner who sees the slums of Mumbai on celluloid from his five star residence in LA and calls them beautiful.
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@Bheegi
 
Ditto! I agree with you.
 
On to whether call it a Indian or British film, credit goes to both. Not to forget, it's just not Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandon was the co-director. Directing the all n all Indian cast would not have been easy job for a British director.
 
"SDM" in a way different than "Gandhi" - Gandhi had British cast n story-line connection, while story of SLD has no British/Western connection (except for the generous GREAT "American couple" for few seconds.) No wonder the Americans would love it!


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Originally posted by ThE_kHan07

Originally posted by Maya_M

 
There is more to Mumbai than Malabar Hills. Our Chopras and Johars are making enough films on posh areas of Mumbai.

TOTALLY AGREE!!! The chopra, johars and maharani Ekta show that the characters all live in a perfect lavish rich mansions wearing expnesive sarees n make up 24/7 which is TOTALLY B.S.

LIke the very frst thing u notice wen u land in Mumbai is NOT MALABAR HILLS...NOT THE JUHU BEACH...NOR ANY GLAMOUROUS SIGHT but the almighty Dhravai slums which is like all around the airport area and is considered the largest slum area in Asia so yeaaa .... and Slum Dog was shot in those Dharavi areas where the poor lives so obviously its gnna be dirty n stuff....
 
I agree that Dharavi is infact the largest slums in the whole of Asia but have u been to Dharavi mr khan? Because if you did then you would know Dharavi is nowhere near the airport-where the hell did 5 mins come from? It is a minimum of 50 minutes away-and that is without the evening trafficWinkAnd this is coming from someone who lives less than 5 minutes drive away from Dharavi in BombaySmile
 
Dharavi is really really bad and yes that place reeeeksss more than any other place i have ever been to even inside the taxi with the window closed lol. But has anyone actually seen the rest of Bombay-I mean there is more to it than Dharavi you know. Bandra, Juhu, Andheri, Sion etc. We have beggars etc but what about the average middle class indian who don't spend their nights begging on the street!
 
Incase you didn't know the whole of bombay doesn't consist of just dharavir and as per my knowledge there are no slums next door to bombay airport either-unless ofcourse your talking about a different bombayTongueso no, the first thing u notice when u land in mumbai is the hustle and the bustle and the crazy coolies lol.
 
just wanna say-i don't deny india has poverty but try visiting andheri once in a while, their houses are freaking bigger than ours!Tongue

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