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Monday, February 23, 2009

obligatory slumdog post

slumdog millionaire has given mumbai's tourism industry a shot in the arm.

15 years or so ago, the Indians became the focus of the beauty industry and promptly Sush and Ash walk away with the Universe and World titles.
i feel slumdog is a receipient of in a very similar lines - the entertainment industry.

for the record - i saw the movie and would have walked out in the middle if not for the fancy money i spent.
but, my liking it or not is not relevant.

i think ARRahman deserves all the accolades that come his way.
his talent coupled with his humility will be inspirations for me. he beautifully said in his acceptance speech - Ella pughazhum iraivanukke (எல்லா புகழும் இரைவனுக்கே) - God is the one who deserves all the fame.
lovely sentiment.

rest i dont want to waste any breath.


Vanessa said...

We can read between the lines here friend. Am right there with u.
Tourism, yes!!!!! Lets have a "guided" SM tour of Mumbai.

csm said...

v - in case you did not know, slum tourism is already big. mumbai magic and their ilk are milking mumbai's slums and poverty. slumdog has created a new rush for such businesses.
wonder what you read between the lines?

Vanessa said...

I really didn't know about this tourism thing.
The export-pack of the poverty, filth, all-that-is-wrong-with-india in one package, is.. well, disturbing. And us going crazy for the win, equally so. I could sense a similar sentiment in your post. Correct me if i am wrong.


"Surely a movie/documentary made on Indians by non-Indians winning equates to India conquering the Oscars. Just like if the “March of the Penguins” would have swept the Academy Awards, it would have been a glorious achievement of Antarctica and a proud day for all penguins."

PS: Fully agree about AR Rehman's award.

csm said...

gb has one of the best analysis.
the poverty export is certainly a deplorable format of tourism.