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Slumdog tops Hollywood words

Slumdog Millionaire, the rags-to-riches movie that took the Oscars by storm, also produced two of the most influential words of the 2008 Hollywood awards season.

A language monitoring group said on Thursday that Jai Ho!, Hindi for Let There be Victory and the title of the movie’s Oscar Slumdog – the controversial term coined by the filmmakers for young slum-dwellers in Mumbai – were named the top “HollyWords” of the year that closed with last Sunday’s Oscars.

The Global Language Monitor, which uses an algorithm to track the frequency of words and phrases in the world’s print and electronic media, said it was rare for two words from the same movie to be ranked in its annual list.

Slumdog Millionaire crowned its awards sweep by winning eight Oscars, also including best picture and director.

Last summer’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull inspired the new expression Nuke the Fridge – a phrase coined on the Internet to describe a moment when a cinematic franchise has run its course.

The phrase came in third on the list, followed by Hmong – a mountain dwelling people in Laos – from the Clint Eastwood movie Gran Torino.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you….stranger”, the Joker’s twist on German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s epigram that was spoken by Heath Ledger in Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight was also among the Top Ten along with the line “There are no coincidences” from the animated movie Kung Fu Panda

February 28, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | Leave a comment

A.R.rahman wins 2 Oscars

It was a dream run at the Oscars for India. Filmmaker Danny Boyle’s rags-to-riches romance set in India, Slumdog Millionaire, won eight Oscar awards for best feature film, direction, original song, original score, sound mixing, editing, adapted screenplay and cinematography. Smile Pinki, a 39-minute short film in Hindi and Bhojpuri, directed by Emmy-nominated producer Megan Mylan won the best documentary short subject Oscar.Rahman he is a true Patriot he dint even forget the national language and his mother toungue and praised his mother and the only God.His speech was true and his performance of o saaya was scintillating.

February 23, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Big B slams slumdog millionaire

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Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has criticised Slumdog Millionaire, the Golden-Globe winning movie which tells the rags-to-riches tale of an orphan from a Mumbai slum, for portraying India as a “Third World dirty underbelly developing nation”.”It’s just that the SM (Slumdog Millionaire) idea authored by an Indian and conceived and cinematically put together by a Westerner, gets creative Globe recognition. The other would perhaps not,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.
If the movie projects “India as a third world dirty underbelly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the mostdeveloped nations.”
“Conditions world over are so similar. Perceptions differ, but the reality of life and existence, unchanged. Comments for the film Slumdog Millionaire and the anger by some on its contents, prompt me to say the above,” Bachchan wrote.Bachchan recalled that the “commercial escapist world of Indian cinema” has vociferously battled for years, on the attention paid and adulation given to legendary Satyajit Ray at all prestigious film festivals of the West and not a word of appreciation for the entertaining mass-oriented box office blockbusters that were being churned out from Mumbai.
“The argument: Ray portrayed reality. The other escapism, fantasy and incredulous posturing. Unimpressive for Cannes, Berlin and Venice. But look at how rapidly all that is changing,” he said.Actor Irrfan Khan, who plays a police inspector in Slumdog Millionaire, has rejected criticism about the film and believes the reality of Indian poverty can’t be ignored.

January 15, 2009 Posted by | marketing | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment