I haven’t watched Slumdog Millionaire yet; I doubt if I will. Because some friends whose tastes and preferences as regards movies are close to mine are of the opinion that the movie is just another masala flick*, whose “realistic” depiction of the slums, squalor, hope and triumph falls way short of what some Hindi and Tamil movies have done in the past. (And they said so before Slumdog started its golden run, so it cannot be out of envy.)
The media has been awash with Slumdog mania. The British media claims it is a British movie, the Indian press points to the movie’s roots. But yes, DNA tests are what the media is good at. And they always uncover many fathers.
Like Albert Einstein once said: “If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.”
* But yes, even Titanic was a masala flick, and it won Best Picture.
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