Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Well, me for a start, and you too, I'd hazard a guess.

I've just watched Slumdog Millionaire on television, and it's as good now as it was on the Big Screen in 2008.

What amazes me is that when the movie was released, there was a huge outcry from India - mostly from Mumbai - because the film dared to show the slums in that city that is known worldwide as the business capital of India.

The depiction of slum life was accurate; the truth, if anything, is worse than shown. But so what? Every city has a dirty underbelly, even the richest cities of the west. Hollywood delights in humiliating all the major cities of the US, the UK and many other countries.

If slums hurt that much, then rather than take it out on a movie, why not do something about it?

What made me laugh out loud was that not a word was said against the equally accurate depiction of police brutality. Not a word, so far as I heard.

Funny old world ...