”Slumdog Millionaire” seeks inspiration from Bollywood of 70s, says expert

January 31st, 2009 - 1:17 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Jan 31 (ANI): Critically acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire, which tracks the story of an 18-year-old boy from rags-to-riches, has sought its inspiration from the famous Bollywood movies of the 1970s, says an expert.

Indian-born Ananda Mitra, professor and chair of communication at Wake Forest University, in his book India Through the Western Lens, explored how Indians have been represented in more than 60 films during the past several decades and role that such films play in shaping public attitudes.

In keeping with the tradition of telling tales about India, from the days of Gunga Din to the City of Joy, Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandon have again successfully mythologized the brown-skinned child as the source of inspiration for people sitting in plush multiplexes of America and lamenting the condition of the downtrodden on the other side of the world, said Mitra.

The directors have updated the surface content of the movie to include the changes that have happened in India since the making of the very similar City of Joy, but it falls into the same genre of movies that have exemplified Hollywoods look at India, he added.

He insists that the booming Bollywood film industry, and 70s films like Yadon Ki Barat has directly influenced the aesthetics of Slumdog.

The famous Bollywood movies of the 1970s almost always included the running children trying to get away from evil by jumping on a train, getting separated, and then living their life trying to find the lost one theme.

Films like Yadon Ki Barat (1973) directed by Nassir Hussain exemplified this theme that Slumdog packages for the 2009 audience, he added. (ANI)

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