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Slumdog Millionaire had been on my list of movies to watch before sweeping four Golden Globes a few days ago (best director, picture, screenplay and score).
Here's a review from the LA Times if you're not familiar with the movie.
One of Bollywood's biggest stars, Amitabh Bachchan has an unexpected take on the awards. Here's an excerpt from the UK's Guardian:
"Slumdog Millionaire may have been thrown bouquets by western critics and audiences, but brickbats are flying in its direction in India.
Although the film was a big winner at Sunday's Golden Globes and is seen as a frontrunner for the Oscars, Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood's top actor and perhaps one of the most famous faces in the world, has voiced bitter comments about the movie's portrayal of India.
Writing on his blog, Bachchan said that "if SM projects India as [a] third-world, dirty, underbelly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations."
There has been some debate about the "Indian-ness" of the movie. Slumdog Millionaire was directed by the British film-maker Danny Boyle, best known for the noir comedy of Trainspotting. The film is based on a novel, Q&A, by the Indian writer and diplomat Vikas Swarup, and adapted by Simon Beaufoy, the British screenwriter of The Full Monty.
Bachchan added that an Indian director making a western-style film might not meet with the attention lavished on Slumdog Millionaire: "It's just that the SM idea, authored by an Indian and conceived and cinematically put together by a westerner, gets creative globe recognition. The other would perhaps not."
It's an interesting point, but in general, a big win for this movie seems to be a big win for Bollywood down the road.