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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Slumdog madness

The Slumdog's had its day. Eight Oscars - two for A R Rahman! Most Indian news channels hailed it as the West's recognition of Indian cinema. There may be a slight misrepresentation there because Slumdog Millionaire is a British production with an Indo-British crew and an Indian star cast. While most showed clips of Rahman's "Mere paas ma hai" speech, I switched over to the 9 0' clock bulletin on NDTV, where anchor Sonia Singh connected with guest celebrities Gulzar (who shared the Oscar with Rahman for the song Jai Ho), Kamal Haasan (who has worked with Rahman on several movies) and of course, Shobhaa De. Why De was an obvious choice for the discussion, I'm not too sure. Singh referred to her as "writer and one of the first people to have watched the movie on a pirated DVD." Sure, watching a movie on a pirated DVD can be reason enough for you to be quoted on national TV. Are anti-piracy campaigners listening?

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