I just saw slumdog millionare last week. The movie in a few ways was enjoyable, the music, the pace, familiar actors ….I did walk out of the theatre however with mixed emotions. Mostly because of multiple stereotypes the movie has played into. India does have a jarring reality. It’s high rate of poverty is an alarming visual to many and no matter how much you have heard of it’s development since 1947, to a tourist that will always raise brows. This movie showcased Mumabi as a place that has corruption, poverty, prostitution, child abuse, guns, stealing …. the list of miseries was endless.
Especially because this movie has blown up at such an international scale and I am a an Indian living in another country.. I wish that there was a balance. I wish that alongside the spotlight on harsh reality, there was also some portrayal of what makes the country or the city so golden. And that is the heart of the people and how at home and welcome they can make a complete stranger feel. One might say that showing that might not be in the intent and purpose of the story, and I understand…Except… here I am, bearing my emotions on a sleeve. I feel as a local from Mumbai I have a responsibility to inform anyone who might wander into my blog that Danny Boyle’s version of India is not all there is to it. If so inclined please read a bit more about this conundrum at a very well written article called Slumdog paradox.