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Slum Dog Millionaire damage India’s Image

April 7, 2009

n today’s era of globalization, India is shining on the world’s map in almost every sphere. Indian film industry is the second largest film industry of the world. It produces more than six thousand movies on an average per year which is a milestone in itself. The Indian film industry is crossing borders and, bringing fame and recognition for the motherland. Our actors are now being widely recognized and possess a strong global image. Actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri, Naserudin Shah, Salman Khan, Ashwarya Rai Bachchan are no more mere Indian film stars but are successfully a part of English cinema. Shah Rukh Khan is the most popular name of the entire world’s entertainment industry and according to the survey reports of 2006-2007 he is the world’s most popular star in terms of fan following even ahead of Tom Cruise. Ashwarya Rai Bachchan has taken the Indian film industry beyond boundaries and spread the message of Indian women upliftment and power across the globe.

I therefore strongly condemn that the films like Slum Dog Millionaire damages India’s image anywhere rather it has proved a platform of bringing close the world’s two top most entertainment industries. Now the world outside India has acknowledged India’s film industry’s potential and their actor’s caliber and acting skills which were considered underdogs always. This film has begged four Golden Globe awards and won ten nominations at the Oscars is itself a benchmark for the Indian cinema. The appreciation A.R. Rehman and Anil Kapoor got from the international film critics and media is an award not only for them but for the entire nation. A.R. Rehman says prior to my wining the Golden Globe none of the international media personals wants to have my solo photograph but after winning the award I am flooded with the requests for the same and interviews. This shows that now the respect for the Indian talent is growing and the world has accepted that we are at par with them.

India’s image is not dependent on what is shown in one odd film and even not on the virtue of what one film does but it is on the continuous process of hard work in every field India takes part into. The coming of foreign directors and production houses to work with India is a clear indication that the west has finally started accepting us at an equal platform. After the days Lagaan has been nominated at the Academy Awards the outlook of the Indian film industry has changes and the business prospects boomed by leaps and bounds. The scripts of movies like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Rang De Basanti, Dil Chahta Hai is called for to be kept in the Oscar’s Library. It is again an accomplishment for India.

Slum Dog Millionaire is a huge hit around the globe. It has a story about Indian soil and Indian boy becoming a millionaire from a slum. No one can deny the fact that the movie shows a hard picture of Indian slums and portray the ground realities of happenings of the economic capital where as an optimistic view of seeing it is that the movie simultaneously shows the growth of the capital with its skyscrapers and scenic beauty of India. This is what India is famous for. The movie also uses some hard language spoken by policemen but it is the demand of the script. There are thousands of Hollywood movies which portray USA and UK as a land of torture and exploitation but that does not mean that these countries become that. A large number of English films directed, produced and written by their best industry personals shows their policemen as the men of torture and speaking foul words but it does not anywhere shake the confidence of the people for them. One should understand that sometimes there is a demand of the script for these things to bring in the real character on screen. The country’s image is independent of all these things and it does not stop prospering by virtue of them where as it depicts a free society and freedom of expression.

The unique signature style of the Indian film industry is its music and songs; Slum Dog Millionaire has shown this to the world in real words. An Indian winning a prize for original composition at Golden Globe and winning three nominations at the Academy Awards is a great thing which has not happened for years. The acting, signing, music composition and lyrics which India is famous for is now being recognized by the world. The signing of a multimillion deals between Anil Ambani’s Big Picture (Adlabs) and Stephen Spielberg shows India’s strong hold in the industry. Walt Disney’s coming to India, Sylvester Stallion’s acting for Indian films. Jacky Chen’s dancing with bollywood beauty Mallika Sherawat, Ashwarya Rai Bachchan being a part of Pink Panther 2, Barbara Mori coming to India to act with Hrithik Roshan in Kites are some good examples of India’s entertainment industry’s position in the business.
The fact of the matter is, Slum Dog Millionaire has taken India to the highest level of recognition and now the English cinema has finally started changing their face towards us and they feel proud to take up our stories and make movies out of them. On the other hand it ensures a great business for both the parties.

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