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‘They are dancing in the aisles’: America loves Slumdog

[IndiaGlitz, Sunday, 8 February 2009 09:56 No Comment]

image Ever since ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ won three Golden Globes, curiosity about the film got the better of America and the film has been running to packed houses. This interest has been fueled by the film winning many more awards especially as the Oscars are nearing.

Danny Boyle has packaged the film for western audiences depicting a very alive India – chaotic and otherwise. An extraordinary screenplay by Simon Beaufoy keeps the interest level very high at all times. Another jewel in the crown of the film is A. R. Rahman’s stupendous and thumping music. One can say the musical score in itself is a lifeline to the film and western ears are relishing every single note as they have never heard this kind of music before.

According to reports, most American theaters are witnessing people dancing in the aisles as the credits roll and Indian Style filmi dancing is underway on the screen. The sequence has Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto dancing for the song ‘Jai Ho’ along with many other dancers in a Mumbai railway station.  Interestingly enough, many Indians in the movie halls make preparations to leave while their American counterparts just don’t want to leave. They end up dancing in the aisles. A slice of India welcomed in the United States in all earnest.

According to many Indians who are living in the United States, the film has brought about much pride amongst them especially because tremendous Indian talent is on display.

This weekend would be huge for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ as the BAFTA Awards get underway. The film has been nominated in 11 categories. Let’s hope A. R. Rahman and the rest of the team win many more awards.

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