A R Rahman gets 3 Oscar Nominations for Slumdog Millionaire

January 23, 2009 by  
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Everyone had high expectations from A R Rahman at the Oscars after he became the first Indian to win a Golden Globe award for his Background Score in Slumdog Millionaire. But not only has A R Rahman got an Academy Award Nomination but he has got 3 nominations at the Oscars with Best Music (Score) for Slumdog Millionaire, Best Music (song) for Jai Ho song of Slumdog Millionaire and Best Music (song) for O Saya song of Slumdog Millionaire. He has a very high chance of winning in both the categories. He has already won the Background Score at the Golden Globe Award which is regarded as a preview to the Oscars. And in the other category Best Music (song) he has got two nominations out of the three nominations in the category and will only need to compete with Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman for their song “Down to Earth” in “Wall E”. In two of his nominations namely Best Music (song) for “Jai Ho” and Best Music (song) for “O Saya”, he shares the nomination with Gulzar (who has penned the lyrics of Jai Ho) and Maya Arulpragasam (who has penned the lyrics of O Saya with Rahman) respectively. Rahman was elated with the three nominations saying he had never expected three nominations but the “King of Indian Music” remained humble as ever. Rahman was with his family at his home in Chennai when the nominations were announced and he said that he was feeling on top of the world after the nominations. Rahman could not attend the Indian premiere of Slumdog Millionaire in Mumbai as he had to give the final touches to the musical score of Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6. He thanked all Indians for the love and prayers bestowed upon him. He also thanked all the technicians, musicians and all those who have been a part of his music throughout the years. He was grateful to God and he thanked the Almighty for his success. He also congratulated and thanked the whole team of Slumdog Millionaire and hoped that he might bring India’s first Oscar. The whole team of Slumdog Millionaire and the whole of Bollywood were also thrilled with Rahman’s nominations and Irrfan Khan (who was also part of the movie) said that he hoped A R Rahman wins one Oscar at least, lyricist Gulzar also said that A R Rahman should win an award while Hrithik Roshan simply bowed to show his respect to A R Rahman. There were many others like Shabani Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Ila Arun (who sung Ringa Ringa with Alka Yagnik), Sukhvinder Singh (who sung Jai Ho), filmmaker Yash Chopra, Anil Kapoor (who was the anchor of the show in the movie) and Preity Zinta who also congratulated A R Rahman for the nominations.

We all Indians also congratulate the versatile genius and hope that he brings at least one Oscar and if possible two. Jai Ho Rahman, Jai Ho Danny Boyle and Jai Ho Slumdog Millionaire. A R Rahman gets 3 Oscar Nominations for Slumdog Millionaire

A R Rahman gets 3 Oscar Nominations for Slumdog Millionaire

Oscar Nomination for reknowned Bollywood lyricist Gulzar

January 23, 2009 by  
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Gulzar is regarded by many as probably Hindi cinema’s best lyricist till date and he has penned lyrics for many Bollywood films for the last four decades. Gulzarji has already won many awards in India (including 11 Filmfare awards) but his talent has now been internationally recognized as he has been nominated at the Oscars for the Song “Jai Ho” of Slumdog Millionaire. He wrote the lyrics of the song while A R Rahman composed the music (with whom he shares the nomination) and Sukhwinder Singh sung it. As we all know Sampooran Singh Gulzar or Gulzar as he is popularly known is a multi-talented figure who has shown his talent as a lyricist, director, dialogue writer, screenplay artist, actor amongst many other talents. But this is the first time that Gulzar’s talent has been recognized internationally with the Academy Award Nomination.

Gulzar was exhilarated at the nomination but he was humble as ever and told that he was more happy on A R Rahman’s nominations. He believed that A R Rahman should bag one Oscar at least and said he was not at all worried about his own Oscar chances. Great going Gulzarji and great going Slumdog Millionaire.

Oscar Nomination for reknowned Bollywood lyricist Gulzar

Kerela sound mixer Resul Pookutty makes it to the Oscars

January 23, 2009 by  
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Resul Pookutty who is a sound mixer from Kerela has made it to the Oscars with an Academy Award Nomination for Sound Mixing for the movie Slumdog Millionaire. He shares this nominations with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke for the same movie. Resul Pokutty has been a lesser known figure even in India (technicians in Bollywood movie hardly get any limelight Kerela sound mixer Resul Pookutty makes it to the Oscars ) but has been behind the sound of many Bollywood films like Ghajini, Saawariya, Gandhi My Father, Black, Bluffmaster, Dus Kahaniyan, Zinda and many others. He had won the Zee Cine Awards for Best Audiography for the Sanjay Dutt movie Musafir way back in 2004 and had never even had any other nomination since then. But this time around, Resul Pookutty’s hard work and dedication seems to have paid off as he got another nomination too at the prestigious BAFTA Film Award for Best Sound in Slumdog Millionaire and he also made it to the Hollywood’s Cinema Audio Society’s nominations. With all these nominatons, Resul Pookutty seems to have made his definite mark not only in India but internationally too.

Resul Pookutty was very emotional on hearing the nomination and he said he had not expected in the wildest dreams that he would get an Academy Award Nomination. He said it was absolutely unbelievable that he has got an Oscar nomination.

We all Indians wish that Resul Pookutty wins the Oscar too which will not only fulfill his dreams but also give him his due for the hard work he has done in the last 12 years in Indian cinema.

Kerela sound mixer Resul Pookutty makes it to the Oscars

Slumdog Millionaire gets 10 Oscar Nominations

January 23, 2009 by  
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After an incredible show at the Golden Globes with four Golden Globes to its name, Slumdog Millionaire seems all set to sweep the Oscars too. The movie has now picked 10 Oscar nominations which is just next to the Hollywood biggie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” with 13 nominations. However, most critics accept that Slumdog Millionaire’s chances at winning more Oscars are quite high as compared to Benjamin Button due to its great overall performance. The nominations were announced hours before the Indian premiere of the move in Mumbai. The whole of Slumdog crew were thrilled at the Oscar nominations and they started dancing in the premiere in Mumbai. The movie has released today and as I have seen the great movie (I have already written its review a week ago) I advise everybody to watch this great movie at the theaters. Great going Slumdog Millionaire and an awesome movie indeed. Here are the exact nominations in detail:

Best Picture
Slumdog Millionaire
Producer : Christian Colson

Best Director
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Music (Score)
A R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Cinematography
Anthony Dod Mantle (by Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Film Editing
Chris Dickens (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Music (song)
Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire)
Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Gulzar

Best Music (song)
O Saya (Slumdog Millionaire)
Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Best Sound Editing
Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Sound Mixing
Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty

Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope Slumdog Millionaire bags the most Academy Award wins this year. Great movie with an awesome script by an awesome director and hope it gets its due in the Oscars.

Slumdog Millionaire gets 10 Oscar Nominations

Amitabh Bachchan denies criticizing Slumdog Millionaire

January 21, 2009 by  
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There has been a lot of negative remarks lately in India about Slumdog Millionaire which mainly started after Amitabh Bachchan supposedly said that the movie had projected India as a “third world dirty underbelly” in his blog. But Big B has come out in the open and denied making any such comments on the movie. Amitabh said that the comments on his blog criticising the movie were made by others and not him. He said that he had just put up negative and positive opinions from other people about the movie just to generate a debate and nothing else. Amitabh Bachchan was quoted by the Daily Express as saying

What a colossal joke this is all turning out to be! Without reading the text of my blog or the purpose behind mention of ‘SlumDog’ an entire machinery of abuse has been directed towards me. Fact is – someone mentioned the film on my blog. Some expressed opinion for it, some against. And yes, they contained some strong assumptions. I merely put both of them up and invited debate.

The movie is a great movie and it was quite surprising to see the Bollywood megastar criticizing it. But Amitabh Bachchan has laid all doubts to rest by clarifying and menioning that he never criticized Slumdog Millionaire. On the other hand, Danny Boye, the director of Slumdog Millionaire recently said that the success of the movie is also due to Amitabhji. He said that Slumdog Millionaire is based on Kaun Banega Crorepati which was so popular only because it was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. He also added that the scene where there is reference of Amitabh Bachchan in the movie has become one of the most acclaimed scenes in the movie.

Both Danny Boyle and Amitabh Bachchan have shown their humility and respect and I believe any Indian who has made negative remarks about this movie and instead watch it when it releases on January 23. The movie is going to stir every Indian and I advise everybody to watch this great movie without even a tinge of doubt. Great going Slumdog Millionaire and hope that Danny Boyle, A R Rahman and the whole Slumdog Millionaire achieves great success in India too.

Amitabh Bachchan denies criticizing Slumdog Millionaire

Defamation case against Anil Kapoor and A R Rahman

January 21, 2009 by  
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Anil Kapoor and A R Rahman have been getting accolades worldwide due to the performance and music in their movie Slumdog Millionaire. However, it seems that they are facing a few problems in their own country with many people opposing the film saying it has depicted the wrong face of India. I have seen the movie and I guarantee that the movie does not depict India in the wrong manner. Danny Boyle, the director of the movie is a very noble person at heart and he would never even think of degrading India or any country for that matter. But another problem has surfaced even before the movie’s release in India on January 23. Tapeshwar Vishwakarma, general secretary of Slum-dwellers Joint Action Committee, has filed a defamation case against Anil Kapoor and A R Rahman alleging that the film Slumdog Millionaire has depicted slum-dwellers in a bad taste by using the title Slumdog and thereby calling Indian dogs. He also said that he has already approached the national and state human rights commission about it. While posting the case for hearing on February 5, chief judicial magistrate Raghvendra Kumar Singh directed Vishwakarma to produce evidence in support of his complaint.

It is indeed pathetic that many Indians do not realize and notice on what context any word is used. Even before the film has released in India many people (mostly uneducated people eager for fame) started lambasting it without even seeing how India has been portrayed in the movie. But many say all kinds of controversies are good for any movie and hope it would be the same for this movie too. I wish that this brilliant movie gets its due in India too as it has around the world.

Defamation case against Anil Kapoor and A R Rahman

Chandni Chowk to China movie review

January 17, 2009 by  
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Far below my expectations! Absolutely horrible! I had a lot of expectations from Chandni Chowk to China and I can say that I am highly disappointed. Akshay Kumar told Amitabh Bachchan during the London premiere that leave your brains at home. He also told recently in the movie’s promotion that all movie viewers should leave their brains at home while watching this movie and should watch it like a cartoon film. I just thought it was a joke and certainly this movie would be quite good with all the hype around it. But after watching the movie I would like to ask that if I was so dull to watch a movie like a cartoon then why would I waste my time and money by watching such a worthless movie. Would I not watch Tom and Jerry or any Disney cartoon at home. We can enjoy a movie and have fun but we cannot enjoy a senseless movie which does not have any worthwhile meaning.

This movie is perhaps Akshay’s most expensive movie till now and the movie is produced by one of the biggest Hollywood production houses Warner Bros. There were four international premieres of the movie and it was promoted as the Kung Fu comedy of Bollywood. This movie had the biggest release in US with supposedly 125 prints released all over US. But what were Nikhil Advani and Akshay trying to show to the western Indians. On one hand, a Hollywood director Danny Boyle makes an awesome movie (Slumdog Millionaire) from an Indian subject (with many Bollywood actors) increasing the stature of Bollywood while a Bollywood director Nikhil Advani makes a horrible movie after taking support from a huge Hollywood production house degrading the level of Bollywood. I really expected a lot from this movie and thought it would be an awesome action-comedy and it would be a great opening for Bollywood into the west. But I am really disappointed that this opportunity has been missed completely.

The movie is about Sidhu who lives in Chandni Chowk in Delhi and cuts vegetables and peels potatoes for a living. He prays to Ganpati Bappa to rescue him from such a life and tries different methods to get from his daily drudge. Then he abruptly gets the chance to go to China after two strangers from China claim him to be a reincarnation of their war hero. Then he goes to China where he finds Chopstick (Ranvir Shorey), Hojo (Gordon Liu) and Sakhi (Deepika Padukone). Then the messed up story continues till the end of 2 hours and 45 minutes when you repent for watching the movie. To cut short the movie is meaningless and there is no proper story. The movie has got good action by Bollywood standards but that is not enough to watch a mindless movie which does not even make us laugh. You might still remember the pathetic Salaam-E-Namaste by the same director Nikhil Advani and it seems that he has not improved till now and is till in the Salaam-E-Namaste mode.

Akshay said it in his interviews that the story of the movie was written only after Akshay and Nikhil decided to make the film. Nikhil is supposed to have got Akshay’s Kung Fu style poster got printed which he then showed to Akshay and then they decided to make the movie and write a story around it. But if there was no prior story (which is pathetic) before Akshay signed the movie, still a proper story could have been wrote around it. Akshay has to learn a lot from Aamir still on how to select a script based on a proper story. The writers Shridhar Raghavan and Rajat Aroraa have failed miserably with the movie’s script.

Akshay has done fair enough in the movie but unless you are a die hard Akshay fan I would advise you not to waste money and time on this movie. Instead wait for Slumdog Millionaire and Raaz The Mystery Continues next week which might be much better (Slumdog Millionaire is a million times better for sure). Chandni Chowk to China might do average business due to the movie’s hype. But I would not be surprised if it proves to be a debacle at the box office and 2009 starts with its first big flop.

I would give it a rating of 2/5.

Chandni Chowk to China movie review

Slumdog Millionaire | Slumdog Crorepati review

January 14, 2009 by  
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Awesome! Excellent! Incredible! Unbelievable! Gem of a movie! … I had the privilege to watch Slumdog Millionaire a few days ago and I still do not know in what words should I describe this great movie. I have been talking about Ghajini and RNBDJ recently but after watching this movie I can surely say that the story of Slumdog Millionaire or Slumdog Crorepati as it is known in India is a thousand times more powerful and touching than any of these films. In spite of being a Hollywood movie directed by a British director Danny Boyle (co-director Loveleen Tandan is an Indian) the movie depicts the real situation in the Mumbai slums. The movie is based on the Vikas Swarup’s popular novel Q & A. The story of the movie revolves on how a boy from a Mumbai slum wins 20 million (2 crore rupees) at Indian version of game show “Who wants to be a Millionaire”. Even though it is a Hollywood movie still it is Indian in its entirety. I am not saying Indian only because it has a substantial Indian cast in Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla, Mahesh Manjekar and others but it is Indian because it touches every aspect of the poor people residing in the Indian slums. Anil Kapoor says “Who wants to a Millionaire” in the same way as Amitabh Bachchan used to say “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, the music of the game show is exactly the same background sound as we used to hear in KBC and prize money is 2 crore rupees as it used to be in KBC 2. Unlike any Hollywood movie, Slumdog Millionaire has got almost three or four songs in the movie and all of them are either in full Hindi or are multi-lingual. Half of the conversation in the movie are in Hindi with English subtitles. And surprisingly enough I am referring to the original Hollywood movie Slumdog Millionaire and not the Indian version Slumdog Crorepati which will be released in India on January 23.

The movie starts as the main protagonist in the movie Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is being interrogated by the police inspector (Irrfan Khan) and his constable (Saurabh Shukla) as they are pretty sure that he must have cheated in the game show. The host of the show (Anil Kapoor) and the police are not ready to accept that a poor guy from the slums could answer so many questions. Then Jamal reveals how he knew the answers from the adverse conditions he had faced throughout his life. He narrates about his life and his relationship with his brother Salim and his love interest Latika (Freida Pinto) which made him answer the questions in the game show. The movie has a lot more to offer even after this interrogation and you can watch the sequence of things that follow when it releases in India on January 23. The screenplay in the movie is excellent and it makes you get to the edge of your seat on many occasions to know what happens next. The movie touches many aspects of India including poverty, communal riots, child exploitation, prostitution, outsourcing and the Indian masses’ interest in cricket and Bollywood. The movie also shows the unending love of Jamal towards Latika for whom he makes a lot of sacrifices. Jamal in fact joins the game show because he believes she would be watching it. Danny Boyle’s art of storytelling is brilliant and many Hollywood and Bollywood directors have a lot to learn from him. The songs and music in the movie are mesmerizing which you can almost always expect from A R Rahman composition. Jai Ho is the most popular song in the movie and the lyrics have been penned by Gulzar. The song is sung by Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah & Mahalaxmi Iyer and the energy in the song is evident. The songs are versatile and O Saya is one of my other favorites. You can get the feeling of old Bollywood movie songs in some songs like Aaj Ki Raat and the raunchy Ringa Ringa.

Overall the movie is simply brilliant and I advise everybody to watch this movie when it releases on January 23. If Ghajini and RNBDJ has become success recently then I believe the Indian audience should give this movie its due too. It would release in Hindi as Slumdog Crorepati and it would also have its normal English release Slumdog Millionaire on the same day. I would advise everybody who knows even a bit of English to watch the original version Slumdog Millionaire. The movie has got a very simple accent which even a school going kid should be able to understand (50% of the movie is in Hindi anyways and the English part is also spoken by Indians mainly) and so it is advisable to watch the original version when it releases on January 23 all across India. And last but not the least I would like to say that I had watched this movie before it won the Golden Globe awards and so this review does not express my feelings only after it won the Oscars. Slumdog Millionaire is a gem of a movie and the Golden Globe win has only added a few feathers to its cap. I am quite sure that it might even sweep the Oscars next month. Great going Slumdog Millionaire and hope it would reaches many more heights.

Slumdog Millionaire | Slumdog Crorepati review

Shahrukh Khan dazzle at the Golden Globe awards

January 14, 2009 by  
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Although Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle, A R Rahman and the movie’s crew has been revolving in everybody’s mind after the exceptional performance of the Hollywood movie but Bollywood’s own King Khan has also made his presence felt at the function. Shahrukh Khan became the first Indian to present a Golden Globe award when he announced the nomination of Slumdog Millionaire for the Best Motion Picture – Drama. He was extremely confident throughout his speech as he congratulated Danny Boyle, A R Rahman and thanked Hollywood for appreciating India and Bollywood so much. Shahrukh was present at the award function with his wife Gauri Khan and friend and director Karan Johar. SRK looked cool in a black suit and it was indeed a proud moment for all Indians and the whole of Bollywood when he walked the Golden Globe stage with Freida Pinto (female lead in Slumdog Millionaire) to present the award. The whole crowd cheered Shahrukh as he walked on stage and Danny Boyle and the Slumdog Millionaire crew were especially excited with King Khan’s presence. The announcer at the Golden Globe awards presented King Khan as the King of Bollywood making Hollywood accept SRK even more graciously.

India and Bollywood was highly acknowledged at the award function. This is what Karan Johar had to say about the function

t was absolutely a fantastic experience being in a room full of such talented people. What dignity and grace they displayed. More than anything else, it was the mutual respect and admiration that they showed for each other’s work. There is so much to imbibe from them. We obviously felt great pride when AR Rahman’s name was announced. In fact, I got goosebumps when he went up to receive his award. What I noticed was that India and Indian movies are fast emerging as something that truly interests the western world. Every one present there, from Angelina Jolie to Steven Spielberg seemed to be curious about India. To think, a talent like Rahman might do well on a global platform but still comes back to the country and continues doing admirable work within the country. I think that is absolutely admirable. Shah Rukh and I felt great just being in a room full of people like Steven Spielberg. It was a privilege.

Great going Bollywood and great going India!

Shahrukh Khan dazzle at the Golden Globe awards

Golden Globe awards

January 14, 2009 by  
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Slumdog Millionaire won all four awards where it was nominated bagging Best Original Score – Motion Picture – A R Rahman, Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director – Motion Picture – Danny Boyle and Best Screenplay – Simon Beaufoy. The whole crew was very excited at the Golden Globe wins and this wins also gave them hope that it might do well in the Oscars too. Among the Indian crew only A R Rahman who won a Golden Globe and Anil Kapoor were present. Irrfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla, Mahesh Manjekar and others however enjoyed the success in India itself. The main protagonists in the movie Dev Patel and Freida Pinto also have Indian connections. This is a great news for India and here are the pictures of the crew after they won the awards at the Golden Globe.

Golden Globe awards

Golden Globe awards

Golden Globe awards

Golden Globe awards

Golden Globe awards

Golden Globe awards

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