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Movies, Awards and more Drama

Oh! My God, I saw the Star Screen Awards last night. We had a very busy and exciting weekend which was then followed by the tragedy of Sajid & Farah Khan's comedy! I am so glad Ashutosh Gowariker went on the stage and voiced his opinion about the demeaning comments the brother-sister duo were making at all the winners and guests! It's like they invite them every year to ridicule them.

What bothers me even more is that Sajid defended himself saying, "This is a television show". No! It's not. It's an award function being telecasted on television (as they cannot possible invited the whole world to see the show in-person). If I was one of the nominee and attended the ridiculing ceremony, I would think twice before stepping on the stage because I know they would make a nasty remark about me or not allow me to even give a Thank-You speech! The show has to be hosted in a respectful manner so that you feel honored to be a winner not nervous to go on the stage!

Sajid Khan is simply an obnoxious, ego-centric, mean person. He has one hit to his credits which he keeps calling the "Biggest Grosser of the 2007". I have no clue how that movie even made a dime. It was no better than any other movie (which our country produces in dozens every week).

Moving from Sajid Khan to Slumdog Millionaire (SM)! This movie has been in news and debates for past 4 months now, I think. And it's only gaining momentum with Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

Was it a good movie? Yes.
Did the cast act well? Yes.
Does it deserve all the accolades? Hmmm ... Ummm ... May be?!?!?!

I think the reason Indians are split between appreciating and criticizing the movie is because we have seen Indian Cinema (including regional movies in language besides hindi) produce better work which goes unnoticed and unappreciated every year. We are proud of A.R.Rahman but we all know he has done much better work than the soundtrack of SM. So we have no option but to believe that the Golden Globes and Oscars are a big hoo-haa only due to the marketing and publicity this movie has received.

All our movies are about lost & found love, where guys jumps hoops and bounds to get the girl back and they live happily ever after (against all odd and obstacles)। But none of those movies even get noticed (many of which might even have better story and performance).

Let's not even get started on how unrealistic and/or stereotypical SM was! I believe in giving the director a chance to paint whatever picture he wants to as long as he can justify it and make it entertaining. So on that front SM was entertaining-quality-movie, with superb editing and treatment. But we (as Indians) are not sure we would like the movie to go down history as on it's the best works portraying India!


  1. I agree with you on Sajid and Farah. Their whole attitude is that they are the biggest gift to the Indian Film Industry. I praise Ashutosh for standing upto them. At last someone has the balls to stand up to the demeaning act that Sajid was potraying, with taking off his clothes, or sitting on people's laps. We all very well know a term for that in Hindi.

    Two thumbs down to 'Khan' siblings for their offensive, unintelligent, and arrogant act!!!

  2. I mostly disagree with you on this Tanvi. You can choose to hate Sajid and Farah as much as you like. That's your individual opinion. But the general Indian audience loves them and they only "sell" what "sells". They don't write the scripts or make the format of the show. So why blame them? End of the day, it IS a television show trying to make money. Why else would so many channels start their own awards, rope in stars for performances or just to show up? They don't have any specific love or pride towards the "stars" that they want to honour through these awards.

    Was it a coincidence that most of the ppl who got an award were infact present on the evening (and enjoying all the cheesy jokes)...i mean Asin (the sole person present from the Ghajini camp), Rock on camp, Jodha Akbar (the Raju guy did turn up at the end), Neeraj Pandey..etc.

    Of course, lot of them deserved the awards...but a movie like ghajini getting 1 or 2 awards? and not even nominated for the best film when sarkar raj could make it!?

    Surprisingly, SRK..Salman..Saif..Kareena..Kajol-Ajay..Yashraj Camp..Ghai..Imran..Ranbir..Murugadoss..Karan Johar..and many others who had their share of good or bad films in 2008...were not present and did not get awarded!

    Of course..there were the likes of Amrita Rao, Minisha Lamba, Anushka etc. who were present for no awards...but i guess they need this to actually achieve the "stardom"!!

    The real awards are the National Awards or maybe something like NDTV Indian of the year Award, which honour real achievement. And they are fair to a large extent. But how many people actually watch them?

    i mean...if hindi movies ARE accused to have no-logic and out-n-out masala...then what's wrong with an awards night of the same genre? And why do we have to go by a certain definition of an awards night...set by the americans?

    Maybe Ashutosh should express his opinion like Aamir Khan by not attending any award ceremonies...coz all of them do the same...remember Boman and Ritesh on last year's IIFA?

    for the people who criticized them this year..will they not watch it next year? even if SRK is performing with Kajol right after his "My Name is Khan"...;-)

  3. Thanks Baba :o) I am always glad to have you on the same page as me!

  4. Sumit - We have already cleared our differences on this so I will just thank you for sharing yoru thoughts, honestly :o)


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