Monday, January 12, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

A Must See!

I have got to see this movie. After watching the Golden Globes last night, I feel bad for being one of the ones left who still hasn't seen it.

Golden Globes for Slumdog Millionaire

Composer A.R. Rahman becomes the first Indian to win the award

WINNING LINE-UP: The cast of Slumdog Millionaire accept the award. From left are A.R. Rahman, Best Original Score; Dev Patel, Best Motion Picture- Drama; Simon Beaufoy, Best Screenplay; Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto, Best Motion Picture- Drama; Danny Boyl, Best Director- Motion Picture; Christian Colson, Best Motion Picture- Drama.

BEVERLY HILLS: Slumdog Millionaire, a British movie with overwhelmingly Indian content and backdrop, has emerged the big winner at the 66th Golden Globes. It scooped four awards to underline its credentials ahead of next month’s Oscar awards.

Ironically, on a star-studded night in Beverly Hills, it was the rags-to-riches love story about an orphan who fights his way out of Mumbai slums on an Indian television game show that triumphed. The film, featuring a cast of virtual unknowns, picked up honours for composer A.R. Rahman, British director Danny Boyle (Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director) and Simon Beaufoy (Best Screen Play).

Rahman, once labelled ‘Mozart of Madras’ by Time, became the first Indian to win the Golden Globe, for Best Original Music Score with ‘Jai Ho’. He thus brought a new round of international recognition to a country whose rich classical traditions have inspired oeuvres of global music.

Based on Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup’s novel Q and A, the film depicts the heart-warming story of an orphan, Jamal, who goes on to win the Indian version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ in an effort to win his love back. The film stars Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor as the show host and British Indian Dev Patel in the lead role of Jamal. Like its magical underdog-winner story, the film which was made on a small budget, has turned out a big winner by virtually dominating the pre-Oscar award scene.

Australian actor Heath Ledger earned a posthumous Golden Globe for his performance in Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight while British star Kate Winslet won two awards for best drama actor and supporting actor.

This year’s Globes red carpet read like a who’s who of the movie industry’s A-list. Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio were just a handful of the A-listers in attendance at the Beverly Hilton. — Agencies

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