The Darker Side

Posted in Uncategorized by tux4life on January 14, 2009

The movie Slumdog Millionaire has been in the news recently for having won multiple Golden Globe awards.

I was happy to see some Indian faces in (behind) the movie have performed really well.  Particularly, the music of A.R. was awesome to say the least and was appropriately awarded with a golden globe.

I myself saw the movie and found it to be really compelling.  But I wish whatever I saw was unreal and fictitious.

Unfortunately, this is not the case as the movie undermined the darker side of Mumbai (I would say poorer India as a whole). Some of them include,

Police torturing suspects during inquires
Poor education system
Terrible sanitary conditions in the slums
Communal riots between Hindus and Muslims
Children living in waste dumps
Child begging
Forcible maiming of children
Prostitution
Child trafficking
Fleecing foreign tourists
Petty theft just to make a living
Poorly Managed Call Centers
Underworld

Its a bitter truth that most of these things are in fact real.

The movie has done its part in successfully undermining the disparity between the rich and the poor in India.

But would it make the politicians, government or the people of India react and take some efforts to correct the disparity? This still remains a “Million” dollar question.

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