This interview with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is from a few weeks ago. Enjoy!
If Slumdog Millionaire starred regular white people, would the movie have been just as popular?
My answer is no. India and the Western gaze is the main reason why this film is appealing to audiences (whether they realize it or not) and that’s one of the main reasons I cannot stand Slumdog Millionaire.
But maybe I’m completely off-base. Maybe I’ve just taken one too many film classes and my entire perception of film has been thrown off. What is your opinion?
Let me know in the comments.
The Pussycat Dolls are releasing a version of Slumdog Millionaire‘s “Jai Ho”, which won the Academy Award for Best Song.
Here is their version of the song:
I don’t know about you, but I definitely prefer the film’s version.
Slumdog Millionaire is by no means a Bollywood film; it is a British production directed by well-respected filmmaker Danny Boyle. In fact, the closest Slumdog comes to being a Bollywood film is during the musical number that closes the film. What this final dance sequence does is introduce Western audiences to Bollywood cinema without really telling them much about it. Absent is the melodrama overload, erotic sexual tension between main characters, brilliant colors, lavish sets and elaborate choreography. Still it is enough to intrigue audiences into wanting to see more Bollywood.
So why Bollywood now? These films have always been more popular internationally than Hollywood cinema, but it is nearly impossible to find Bollywood in the United States. But with a growing economic crisis, serious dramas will be tossed to the curb. Audiences, seduced by Slumdog Millionaire, will quickly discover the fantastical wonder that is Bollywood cinema.
Entertainment Weekly has already reviewed Chandni Chowk To China. It received a D-rating and was declared the first post-Slumdog Bollywood film to hit the US. If this review is any indication, we will start to see more Bollywood films in the US. And maybe, hopefully, they will be taken seriously.
Source: The Mount Holyoke News, A&E