While watching the Oscars today in which eight were won by Slumdog Millionaire based in India- I could help but note the fact that the song and dance musical routine (vaudeville) is now back in Hollywood , while in India’s Bollywood it never went away.
A R Rahman won two Oscars , one more Indian won for sound mixing, while the poet Gulzar won for best song as well. 4 Oscars for 3 Indians – is unprecedented for the nation of a billion movie watchers- India produces and consumes more movies in more languages than any single other nation. What took India so long- the cocoon of isolation in which movies were released 3-4 years in India after they had been released abroad was finally waved off in the mid 1990s.
And thanks to the globalized world, Indian movie goers learn the pleasures of multiplexes , off beat movies, award ceremonies while teaching the world – how to dance when the wallet , stomach and the home is empty. To the newly impoverished Western citizens in the global folly of the financial recession , Indian citizens , at least 80 % of whom live below 1 dollar a day, these citizens ask – “ As long as there is music in the movies , life and it’s surprises are worth living for.” And like the 18 year old actor who debuted in a low budget movie which won 8 Oscars, you too can win the Millionaire show. If it is written. Because it is written.
A R Rahman, an Indian Muslim trained at Trinity College,England ,rising from poverty himself —kind of summed up the Indian way of looking at things ( as opposed to the Pakistani ðŸ˜‰ way when he said – In Life you can choose between love and hate. I chose love and so here I am.
ps – Hugh Jackman tried so hard .
But I would prefer Steve Martin and Tina Fey any day.