Today I had a long discussion about Slumdog millionaire with my friend Bedu who is studying in US .His views were different than what I expressed in my last post about Slumdog Millionaire “About the Slum dwellers and the Millionaires..”.
My initial reaction after watching the movie was that the movie did well in west because it allows them to claim that Indian is still a country of hungry and poor, denying us of all the progress we have made in the last decade , when Mr Bachhan came up with somewhat similar theory on his blog I was patting myself of thinking like him. All the euphoria was short lived as I found Bedu’s argument much more apt and logical explanation of why the movie is doing wonderful overseas. As per him the movie remind the people in west about what London was 200 years back, they wanted to improve and they did improved a lot and now a progressive nation.
People won’t go to watch a movie in recessionary times by paying 15-20 $/ticket just because it portray India in bad light , they are watching the movie as it shows them hope that even a slum dweller becoming a millionaire (Feel good factor ) and the story is quite engrossing full of twist and turns. They don’t want to see the poor condition of slum but how a person can struggle and rise even from difficult conditions. They are comparing it with the likes of Oliver Twist..
The whole discussion was indeed lot of learning.