SLUMDOG POLITICS

Just when i thought that slumdog millionaire wouldn’t be in the headlines of a news bulletin anymore after Oscars,I was proven wrong not once but twice.First when the Congress party bought the rights of the much talked about song JAI HO for a whopping 1 crore to be used in their campaign and the second time around when film’s child actors Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail met Sonia Gandhi .The Congress like any other party has dismissed charges that it was politicizing the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire which everyone knows is blatant lie.I am fine with the congress getting the rights.India is a free country and it is legal to get rights but I am not happy about the fact that the Congress will use these kids for campaigning. The Child Rights Commission may have something to say about all this.At a time when they should be going to school its shameful that congress will be using them for their selfish motives.No doubt Congress is exploiting Slumdog Millionaire for political gains which is disappointing to see from a national party.I don’t understand how much of an effect this will have on the outcome of the elections.Slumdog might have swept the OSCARS but i am afraid congress might just end up winning the supporting actor if there was any for our politicians. I can’t stop laughing when Congress says that it is because of their good governance that films such as slumdog have been made.It’s as if the Govt is trying to take the credit for the film and then have won the Oscars.On one hand you have an achieving India which includes Chandrayaan, the 123 agreement,and on another side we have slums like Dharawi.What the congress party has done by doing all this is that they are trying to project themselves as a pro-poor party and gain from it in the elections.
It is a very bad and bizarre choice as an election campaign matter.Its an irony that in Dharavi way back in 1985- the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi announced a Dharavi Development Project. Now it is 2009 and the condition of people in Dharavi has worsened.Infact 70 % of the voters are from rural areas and i dont see them relating to the film.
It might make a marginal difference but not huge.
It is one thing that the entire country said jai ho to musician A R Rahman, but it is another thing to expect people to say jai ho to Rahulji, Soniaji or the Congress.
This whole issue just goes to show a certain bankruptcy of ideas since the Congress just picked up a slogan from a pop culture in order to find a winning slogan.

8 thoughts on “SLUMDOG POLITICS

  1. Good Luck with your blog dude

  2. “I can’t stop laughing when Congress says that it is because of their good governance that films such as slumdog have been made.”

    If there are no slums in India, there is no slumdog. So credit should definitely be given to Congress for slumdog.

  3. There have been many films that have been made on slums before Slumdog and much better ones too.Not taking any credit away from the film unit.I personally liked the movie The movie might have won many oscars but congress taking credit for it so absurd..Slums have existed in India for a long time and there have been many governments that have come and gone so congress making such silly remarks is a big mistake on their part.Hope some sense prevails and they concentrate on their manifesto and not on how to rope in celebrities(The kids attended the Oscar ceremony) for their campaigning

  4. The Child Rights Commission may have something to say about all this.At a time when they should be going to school its shameful that congress will be using them for their selfish motives.

    If taking children for political campaigning is wrong then even making them act in movies is also wrong….so slumdog itself is wrong….

  5. Movies and elections are just not comparable.They enjoyed doing the film and when you are getting paid for what u enjoy thats a bonus.On the other hand children campaigning under the hot sun just because some party wants to attract voters is not the right way to go.

  6. Movies and elections are just not comparable.They enjoyed doing the film and when you are getting paid for what u enjoy thats a bonus.

    why do u think elections is not fun?…..even these kids are paid more than wat they are paid for slumdog…..then wats wrong?

    On the other hand children campaigning under the hot sun just because some party wants to attract voters is not the right way to go.

    campaigning under sun is far better than jumping into a sewage tank and run all the place and do such many things…..it is far better…in elections they campaign may be for just 1 or 2 days….but in a movie they work for 6months to 1 year…..so they are loosing out more time on movies rather than election campaign…..

    According to me….If the parents/children have no problem in going for campaign then child right commission should not have any say on the issue…..it is purely their personal issue….

  7. “According to me….If the parents/children have no problem in going for campaign then child right commission should not have any say on the issue”…
    If that’s the case then why do we have a law for child labour..in that case too parents and children are fine but it is punishable under Indian law..

    “campaigning under sun is far better than jumping into a sewage tank and run all the place and do such many things…”

    It was not a sewage tank..it was chocolate and children love chocolates :)

  8. “If that’s the case then why do we have a law for child labour..in that case too parents and children are fine but it is punishable under Indian law..”

    I definetly feel child would have a problem If he is provided the taste of good education he will never go work…..Then child right commission should act…..Indian child right law is too complicated so I feel it is waste to comment on that…..more number of rules will result more complications…

    “It was not a sewage tank..it was chocolate and children love chocolates ”

    What ever it may be ….but making them work for 6months to 1 years is justified according to your logic?….

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