With a lot of hype created, we saw this movie this weekend. The tone of my review would have been entirely different if Danny Boyle had not shown India with such disgusting manner. I can’t deny that he has shown truth, but there was no necessity to picturize and highlight India in that crude way. He shows how beggars are made from street kids, how they steal footwears and other stuffs from tourist places. My point is, there was no relevance for such scenes in context of the story at all. On the other hand there is no single positive feature shown on our society. I felt as if, this guy’s objective was to show dark face of our country and he had knitted the story around it.
Observe the following situation and dialog sequence:
A tourist (American) comes to visit Dhobi ghat. By the time drives escorts them back some mischief kids would have stolen the tyres and car driver finds on kid and beats him horribly. The crying kid begs in front of foreign tourist saying this is “True India” and tourist says now we show how True Americans behave and gives him $ 100 bill. What the heck.
This being directed by a Hollywood director and gathered such a hype would be watched by many foreign nationals. Why should they convey such an image to all of them. There is no passiveness in the movie at all. Also our kids and society also lose confidence and lose whatever pride we are having on the nation.