Last two weeks two movies hit the down that people have been drooling over. First was Slumdog Millionaire, which thanks to its late release was watched almost by everyone on their pirated DVDs. Sometimes I feel bad about this whole stance I have taken on watching movies only in Theatres. It’s not making me any richer.
Anyway, the other movie that was released was Luck By Chance and again the audiences in the multiplexes seemed to love it. Strangely though, both movies seemed to have similar underlying themes of the underdogs fighting all odds, stuff that great stories are made of; I guess.
Slumdog is a good movie. It definitely is not a masterpiece. It’s the classic Rise of the Underdog that the
Slumdog does none of this. It shows Mumbai as she really is. Life goes on in the city whatever you might get from it. Survival is important and it’s that primal instinct that drives the movie. And perhaps Jamal’s brother walks away with the role that’s the most complex and also beautifully portrayed. He’s the guy thrown into adulthood as their mother dies. Jamal remains the kid of the family and he is the protector and thus as the protector, at times he demands his pound of flesh. But then this is a feel good movie. So he must realize his folly and pay with his life but die a man who has earned his redemption and as the public dances to the tune of A R Rehman we all feel nice and secure.
I don’t mind someone from outside our world coming and commenting on an
One extremely irritating fact however was that people actually found the scene where young Jamal decided to jump into human excreta extremely funny. People actually guffawed and someone on whose intelligence I have little respect, told a gathering, “Yaar who scene kinta cute tha na?”
Luck by Chance was closer to India Shining Reality and therefore far more digestible to the above mentioned audience. It spoke of the outsider into the greatest dynasty ruled industry of
LBC was an insider’s view on Bollywood and therefore it had to have the stereotypes that the voyeurish audience would lap up willingly. In fact, if anyone reads Mumbai Mirror regularly, they would know beforehand what was going to happen next. Slightly slow in pace, LBC suffered from predictability and an inconclusive end. It’s great if things are left to the imagination but then it should not make one feel, “Arre!!! Movie’s over, is it?”
I’m reserving my comments on Farhan Akhtar. I’m yet to decide whether I like him as an actor. But every single person in the cast played their part perfectly. Maybe it’s because they were playing people from their own lives. But if someone just stole the show, it would have to be Konkona. As the starlet who never made it, she stole my heart (again). Hrithik had the best scene of the movie though when he played with the children through the tinted window of his car.
LBC gives us Zoya Akhtar as the director of tomorrow but frankly it achieves nothing more.