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Random: Slumdog Millionaire, PVR and Strand Book Exhibition

January 26th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Slumdog Millionaire: I saw the movie over the weekend, was underwhelmed. It may be great watching for non-Indians internationally, but for me living in Mumbai, it was a case of good-not-great.

PVR: The PVR multiplex that has opened recently at Phoenix Mills is excellent. Much better than Metro Adlabs and Inox Nariman Point — the seats are more comfortable, there is much more legroom, the sound and picture quality also seems to be better.

Strand Book Exhibition: Another couple days to go, and for those book lovers in Mumbai who haven’t yet been to Sunderbhai Hall, make sure you do! There is so much variety that one is bound to pick up more than a handful!

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rahul Dave // Jan 26, 2009 at 5:26 am

    For someone like me who used to live there, it turned out to be a very nostalgic movie. Its not a feel good movie about Bombay (Its still Bombay for me, not Mumbai, i have bad memories of being thrown stones at by the sena for being Gujju), but i think its a reasonably honest movie with some Bollywood mixed in. For me though the best memories invoked were of the railway, galli cricket, and local toughies at Machimar Nagar who i fell in with as a high schooler..

  • 2 Mumbai // Jan 26, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Boyle has really done a good job with this movie. While the movie deals with the gory details of the underbelly of Mumbai, it doesnt really leave you with a sick feeling. The story feels like a commentary and at the end you just feel good about the whole movie. Very well done I must say.

    The music score by Rehman is amazing, the actors who played junior Jamal and Salim were the real stars. They were simply too good.

    I thought Freida was overhyped. She had just 15 mins of screen presence.

  • 3 Satyam Bachani // Jan 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Slumdog Millionaire, really liked the movie as you said it indeed was made for the international audience though I think it was quite inspired by City of God with less violence but still I would say City of God is of a higher Pedigree(MUST WATCH!!).

    One problem I have is everyone in our society taking offense to to the fact that its showing the slums and the fact that it is called Slumdog millionaire ! I think its the truth 60+% of our city is the slums! I don’t think we are special ALL developing countries have this problem!

    A good movie very good score but being nominated for the best movie @ the Oscars is a tall order! which I think it cannot win!

    Best Regards,

    Satyam Bachani.

  • 4 Sanjay Mehta // Jan 27, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Rajesh,
    I guess we have agreement on Slumdog being good but not great. I have my more detailed review on the same at http://rdfan.wordpress.com/2009/01/25/movie-review-slumdog-millionaire-is-good-but/

  • 5 val booker // Jan 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    The first part of the film was good.The kids were excellent.(I hope their wages reflected that.)Lots of pace and energy and colour.
    I found the second half tedious.It was over-structured and predictable.And what happened to the slumdwellers after Bombay became Mumbai ? I think we should have been told.

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