The Indian Confusion over the Oscars
It looks in some cases extremely fascinating and surprising to me about how much we get undue influence by the western media and western publicity and virtually whatever they do. No one knew Danny Boyle in India even after the release of Slumdog Millionaire worldwide (now I'm not stating he wasn't known among the market specialists, they understand every new kid of the block as it's their company). As soon as the news of Slumdog Millionaire asking 4 Golden Globes and 7 BAFTA awards spread, Danny Boyle was currently a superstar film maker overnight! Find more info on hindi movies online here.
Film critics, all of them, loves him and his work and gave his movie a 4 on 5 star rating, some even went ahead boldly and gave 5 from 5 star score, hum. I viewed the movie twice and I actually liked the movie. Do not tell me that it's the best 'Indian' movie made so far simply because it won Golden Globes and BAFTA and it simply may win the Oscars tonight. Don't tell me that Slumdog Millionaire is a much better movie than Lagaan, Mother India, Sholay, TaareZameen Par, or even Munnabhai MBBS/LageRahoMunnabhai, Rang De Basanti and so on. And if you believe Slumdog is the best movie made in India so far, better than the very best of Indian movie theater up until now, I already do not like you, did I inform you that? And, it is not a totally Indian movie in the 1st place; the banner is American, darlings! It has an American director and manufacturer and the movie is purely a taste of Americans and not of general Indian. You like this movie a lot because it has won some 'prestigious' awards. You like this movie a lot because you believe it has opportunities of winning the Oscars, the first ever Oscar won by an Indian movie. Now, is this an 'Indian' movie first of all? Why do some individuals die for the Oscars so much? Why do these men believe that the Academy Awards are the very best for the whole world? They might be best for English movies made for the American market not for the remainder of the world consisting of India and Indian audience.
Indians enjoyed Lagaan however did it win the Oscars? Because the jury of the Academy Awards are practically all Americans and they don't understand so much about the cricket and the interest every Indian carries for cricket today; because they do not know much about who Aamir Khan is right here in India and hence even his small discussions and acts which may have made an Indian viewer go 'fida', it would have done no impact to the minds of the Oscars jury.
Indian youth liked Rang De Basanti but it didn't even get nominated for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' Oscars. They don't understand that a rich India exists with good looking individuals and good character; because they couldn't see any slum in the movie; because they could not get connected to the concept of the movie like how virtually every Indian who saw it did.
Satyajit Ray won the 'Lifetime Achievement' Oscar award. I've seen some of his films. Now, I'm not a great film critic, but all I can say is that practically all of his movies concentrated on the bad, starving and extremely sorry looking people of India. He portrayed the 'genuine' India. This is what the West wishes to know and see about India. They don't such as Indian IT, they don't like the Indian economic growth of today, they don't understand the brand-new age youth mindset right here, they don't provide a damn to the riches of India (why need to they). For them India is still the India of 1940s - the land of elephants and snakes; for them this is still the land of poor and hungry individuals; this is still the land of slumdogroadpatis.
If they want to be the supreme award for the art of movies across the globe, they must alter the way they look at world films made in various languages. You have less than 400 movies produced in the USA in a year and you have about 40 awards to give amongst these. India along produces over 1000 movies a year, China produces nearly the very same number of movies in a year; roughly if we determine the entire world other than the USA and the UK produce more than 10,000 movies in a year and you have simply 5 nominations for one damn single award amongst them!