What a shocking experience! I just watched Slumdog Millionaire, the movie that won 4 Golden Globe awards this year and also got 10 Academy Award nominations. Obviously my expectation was pretty high before I got in to the theatre. But after watching the movie I now doubt the nomination process of these Hollywood awards.
The original story of the movie by Vikas Swarup is unique and highly commendable. In my opinion, that unique story was murdered by the two directors, Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan. The Western viewers may be thrilled by the naked picturisation of Mumbai's dirty slums, gang wars, starvation, child prostitution, using children for begging. But the way they projected the whole thing was very unrealistic.
Most part of the movie is in Hindi and I noticed shockingly that they didn't put enough English sub-title as required. I really don't know how a Westerner is going to enjoy this movie without having proper and accurate subtitle. The worst part of the movie was at the end when the main actor and the actress perform a pretty cheap group dance on the railway platform. We have seen better group dances in other Hindi movies. Overall, music was not bad but we got lot better creations from A. R. Rahman.
After watching the movie, I really felt bad for Amir Khan who has made marvellous movies like 'Lagan' and 'Tare Zamin Par'. Both the movies failed to get any Hollywood award. These movies are way better than Slumdog Millionaire and deserved better recognition. The famous South Indian director, Mani Rathnam's 'Bombay' or 'Roja' are also better choices in my opinion. Unfortunately, Amir Khan and Mani Rathnam have serious race issues. They are not white.