“Jai Ho!”. The whole day, News channels, websites were splashing “Jai Ho”. No,this time its not that men in blue won another cricket match,
but its the Indian talent that got recognition at 81st Annual Academy Awards 2009.
“All my Life I had a choice between Hate and Love.And I chose Love and I am here. God Bless You”.
This is the statement that Allah Rakha Rahman made as an acceptance speech at the Oscars.
Slumdog Millionaire. A movie that doesn’t contain any big names. The movie that got nominated for 10 Oscars and managed to bag 8 of them.
And we are delighted. Why not. They are the gems of Bollywood industry, and now, the whole world know their names.
A R Rahman, Gulzar for Jai Ho; Resul Pookutty for Sound Mixing.
All prasies for Rahman. He indeed has provided recognistion to Indian Music. There was a time when Indian movies fail to make impression in the west because they were thought as too musical. Bollywood was only understood as song and music. But, this time, picture was different. Rahman got Oscar for Original Score and Song.Two of the three nominated songs were Rahman’s creation. Rahman also gave LIVE performance at the Oscar. When being asked by western media that how it is differenrent between Indian and western Music, his head was high. Rahman humbly replied,”India is a place where different states have different cultures.What I have used is just 0.1% of what India has to offer to the world”.
Resul Pookutty. The only Indian Technician ever to won an Academy award.”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”. I was deeply moved by these statements of Rahman and resul.
Now, the question arises. Slumdog Millionaire belongs to whom? Is it a British movie as the production house is British, or , is it a Bollywood movie as the story, actors , location is Indian? The answer is simple. It is not an Indian Movie. Neither it is completely British. You see,the time is now changing. We are heading towards a Global Platform, where people are breaking region, language barriers. The world is coming closer. And it is the art that has the power to bring people closer.
Not to forget,”Smile Pinki” – A story that portrays that inner beauty is far more beautiful then external. Pinki has the same cute smile since her birth, but its just that the world noticed it after the surgery.
Atlast, something to Smile. Atlast some happiness. A Slumdog Happiness.