Now we are slumdogs instead of coolies

 The “grand success” of SDM has had one benefit for Indians: now we have begun to be abused as ‘slumdogs’ all over the world. Abuses such as “Pakis” and “coolies” have become old-fashioned. Now we are greeted with the shouts of: “Hey you bloody slumdog, step out of the way!”

They’ve started calling Indians ‘slumdogs’: Aadesh Srivastava

It is disgusting to see the frothing-in-the-mouth of Anil Kapoor who is delirious with joy and running all around the world grinning ear to ear at his “success.” If there is actually a coolie in India, it is him. But wait a minute. On second thoughts, there may be another one.

Here is another “grovel-at-the-feet-of-white-man” specimen that India has produced:

Congratulating the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and “Smile Pinky’ team for winning Oscars, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the “winners have done India proud” and their achievement is a tribute to the Indian film industry.

Didn’t our glorious prime minister declare in the UK that the British capture of India was the most glorious episode in Indian history and all Indians are gloriously grateful for it? I can’t believe he is from the same stock that gave India such far-sighted warriors as Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Guru Gobind Singh.



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17 responses to “Now we are slumdogs instead of coolies

  1. Suhas

    Among the acceptance speech, there was Rasul Pookutty , who did a APJ Kalam style speech. Here is the extracts of the speech

    When informed about the celebration in Kerala, he said, “I am really happy. This could be one of Kerala’s biggest moments. It is the perfect Shivratri gift for Keralites.”

    Pookutty is now planning to direct a Malayalam film — an adaptation of well-known writer Anand’s Govardhanante Yatrakal — starring Mammooty.

    For those who missed Resul’s acceptance speech at the Oscars, here it is: ‘This is unbelievable. We can’t believe this. Ladies and gentlemen… sorry… I share the stage with two magicians, you know, who created the very ordinary sounds of Bombay, the cacophony of Bombay, into a soul-stirring, artful resonance called Slumdog Millionaire.

    I come from a country and a civilization that given the universal word. That word is preceded by silence, followed by more silence. That word is ‘Om.’ So I dedicate this award to my country. Thank you, Academy, this is not just a sound award, this is history being handed over to me. My sincere and deepest gratitude to my teachers, Danny Boyle [Images], Christian Colson, Paul Ritchie, Pravesh… and everybody who has contributed to this film, Glenn Freemantle and all the sound mixers. I dedicate this to you guys. Thank you, Academy. Thank you very much.

    I am really happy. This could be one of Kerala’s biggest moments. It is the perfect Shivratri gift for Keralites.”

    I come from a country and a civilization that given the universal word. That word is preceded by silence, followed by more silence. That word is ‘Om.’ So I dedicate this award to my country”.

    Initially , I could not believe this , but then being the first one to receive the Oscar before the makers and others, it gave solace as a Rasul did a APJ Kalam. Would you call this courage or presenting the truth. Rasul did what our Indian pseudosecularists could not do.

  2. Kuna Mohanty

    Wanna make it to the international film award circuit? Here’s the formula. From Kara (Karachi) to Kodak theater, the hosts are starved of Hindu humiliation, perceived poverty of India and anything thats against Hindustan. All you have to do is peddle poverty, project Hindus as villains, denigrate Hindu Gods, recruit first generation converts or non-Hindus to form your support team for the movie – and Lo you have a movie of Oscar genre. Never knew its so easy after SDM’s victory. Bonus: solid support from hate-Hindu TV & Print media. Pseudo-Secular congratulations, Organised celebrations and loads of money. You never had it so good. Did you?

  3. sanjaychoudhry

    Well said, Kuna.

  4. Surabhi Gandotra

    And the travesty of the situation is that the movie isn’t even that good. In a purely objective opinion, movies like Revolutionary Road, Milk and even Frost Nixon, devoid of the Slumdog’s ‘bollywoody’ melodrama that makes the abyss look so miserable so as to heighten the feeling of elation for the Western audience, taking situations that most Indians go over so matter of factly on a daily basis, in their existential struggle, used ad nauseam by the Director, looks almost comical. From the slums, to the riots, to conning tourists, to beggars mafia, to underworld, its just so cliched. After watching the movie, and reading/listening to so many reviews, all I wonder is what all this hoopla about? Its not even making any sense!!

    And recent display of irrational irrelevant reverence for Western Media, actors and audience, by non-entities like Anil Kapoor are just so ridiculous, making almost a mockery of whatever cinematic brilliance our film-makers have demonstrated and earned during all these years hardwork. He is touching feet of people, hugging people, begging for introductions, on international stage with the whole world watching – makes me wonder whether there’s any dignity left in that individual at all, if not, then stop him before he makes us all lose ours on the world stage.

    The Wall Street Journal though reciprocated in the similar vein on today’s WSJ front page – the caption on the Anil Kapoor-Dev Patel-Freida Pinto photograph at the Oscar Red carpet reads – “From Slums of India to Oscar red carpet” – said what these guys proved themselves to be!

    Its tough to look at such irreverent and unpatriotic behavior towards our country, religion, its people and culture is just excruciating. What are people celebrating – a sad movie on misery, deprivation, and crime, in India, typifying us as the land of snake charmers, gurus, and illiterate poor people, who should feel grateful on being considered atleast humans by the West, if not ‘slum-dogs’!

  5. sanjaychoudhry

    Nice post Surabhi. It seems slavery of the White Man is still alive and well in India. Some Indians are willing to lick shoes in return for left-overs thrown by Whites. This failed insignificant actor Anil Kapoor is dragging our national dignity in the mud in front of the whole world. It is disgusting to see this man trying all sort of tricks to get some opportunities with Western directors. This is the problem with Indians. They are unable to rise above their petty personal profit even when dealing with things of national import. He will keep making an ass of himself in front of the Whites and bringing shame to Indians as a race till he actually manages to land a role or two with Hollywood. I know this type of Indians very well. There are many in America who enjoy grovelling in front of the Whites but roar at other Indians they come across.

  6. Pierre

    This is good web site and I was very happy to read some good write ups here. I am an indophile and have been to many spiritual places in India. This I have been performing for the past 20 yrs from 1989. one thing which is very distinct after 9/11, is the change in the atitutudes of govts towards Muslims. In the west , there is dislike , but it is very implicitly done , with the clever use of media. Occasionally . you will find Muslims winning awards , more that the ones they won before 9/11. This is just to show that they are not discriminating. The same thing is happening in India. The difference is that in India , it is very explicit. Now this explicitness has been well exploited and has been cleverly tranfered to western implicitness. I was discussing with some serious movie buffs about this movie. In private , they express that this film is a run of mill film. This is definetly not avant gard cadre. The Berlin film festival or even Cannes would have not considered this film, in fact thrown this film out.

    Americans want to show that they have overcome the WMD syndrome , which they fooled all and everyone. By giving Oscars and awards to Muslims they want to wash the sins of WMD. So you see how implictness ( the hero was shown as a Muslim, the Oscar for a muslim music director and so on) has exploited explicitness of India.

    my 20 yrs in India as an individual , without any attachment to any body or organisation, has taught, the meaning of ‘Maya”. This film is myopic maya.

  7. Pierre

    In over enthusiasm , the Nobel Commitee have MYunus of Bangladesh , Nobel prize in peace. It should have been for economics. Since it was practical microeconomics , it was more relevant as a economics prize. They gave it for peace. what peace and why peace. no logic at all. they just want to give a Muslim , give it , even if it is in wrong area.

  8. Suhas

    There is a lot of good reasoning in Pierre’s viewpoint. This SDM is not the best, but the worst music of AR Rahman. He has given much better music. The Oscars, the BAFTA’s and the Golden Globes for SDM is an antidote for WMD by both Britain and USA. Yes, Pierre , you are right when you say that this has been done to show that they are not discriminating against Muslims. Excellent analysis.

  9. I just can’t get over the fact that the Oscar committee overode The Dark Knight , and then movies like Benjamin Button,Frost/Nixon and Milk to choose this movie . Kudos to Rehman and Pookutty for their Oscars , but not to Danny Boyle for his best picture .

  10. sanjaychoudhry

    “I just can’t get over the fact that the Oscar committee overode The Dark Knight”

    Oscar and Noble are political awards. While movies made in the West for westerners are judged strictly on merit, the foriegn film category is run according to strategic interests of the Westerners. Their political objectives override merit in this category.

  11. gajanan

    These were the words told by A Sen to Dr RA Mashelkar. See the web site.

    IT WAS IN JUNE 1998 THAT I MET AMARTYA SEN FORthe first time at India International Centre in
    New Delhi. At the end of our brief conversation, I said: “I hope this will be the year for the big one.” My reference was to the Nobel Prize.
    He laughed and said: “Do you know Dr
    Mashelkar, you have to be 10 times as good to win the Nobel Prize if you are an Indian!” In the same year, in
    October 1998, the Nobel Prize for Economics was declared.
    Amartya Sen won the prize. I remember sending him a one-line congratulatory message: “After
    all, you were 10 times as good”

    Just go on reading and there is interesting stuff in the web site. Now this ten times as good is valid in all fields. If ASen had stayed in Delhi School of Economics , he would have never won the Nobel Prize. Instead of being equal among equals, ASen went westward and becamed 10 times as good as his equivalent Gora.

    Similarly if an Indian had made SDM , he would have never got the Oscar award and the other Indians who were involved , if they were directed by an indian production , would have never got the awards. So the equation is that Danny Boyle and company have an advantage of a factor of 10 , even as they just announce a film. What a bloody duniya this is.

  12. sanjaychoudhry

    Amartya Sen did not get a Noble. There is no Noble Prize for Economics. He actually got an award that is awarded by the Bank of Sweden.

  13. sanjaychoudhry

    This is what your link says:

    “The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel is not a Nobel Prize.”

  14. completely agree about slumdog. I have my own review of slumdog at my new blog. including review of dark knight. you guys can check it out when you have the time.

  15. Raj, USA

    I share the same views and sentiments with all you guys. This movie came at the perfect time for the west/hollywood when their way of life was shaky with the economic depression, no good scripts out of hollywood(they had a writer’s strike end of 07 thru 08) and so no good movies to churn out. Spielberg rushing to Mumbai to seal the deal with Ambani for financing his future movies and the Prod Houses/Academy being a cartel (yeah, that’s what they are) run by his fellow jews seized up on the opportunity and got on the SM bandwagon and decided to suddenly recognize the existence of bollywood thru this movie. they would have taken any movie as long as it had something to do with India/Indian and lo and behold, we are here today !
    A few years from now they wont even mention this movie bcos of the embarassment its gonna become like best picture for Rocky and umpteen other gaffes !

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