“Slumdog” en route to Oscars night-wins eight awardsFebruary 23rd, 2009 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI
Mumbai, Feb 23 (ANI): Residents of Dharavi in Mumbai, the setting for Oscar nominated ”Slumdog Millionaire”, rejoiced as they watch the award ceremony on their television sets on Monday.
“Slumdog Millionaire” scooped up eight early Oscar awards including best movie, best adapted screenplay, best song and best original score.
As one enters Dharavi, every face sports a smile. The family of Rubina, who essays the character of Latika in the movie, is already planning a grand welcome for her.
“All of us would be going to receive her at the airport when she comes back. We will ensure a proper welcome. We will play the drums aloud,” said Rafique, Rubina’’s father.
Neighbours of Rubina and other slum dwellers were happy that the film shot in their ”area” has made it big.
“I have been like waiting for the awards ceremony. We want her to come back soon and return with the awards. We are really very happy,” said Saba. Other like Mounuddin said, “We are also celebrating just like they are celebrating there in Los Angeles. God has written a glorious future for these children, no one can change it now.”
It was “Slumdog,” a dark but ultimately hopeful tale about a poor Indian boy who competes for love and money on a TV game show that seemed to be cruising through.
Among the Oscars it earned were best adapted screenplay for its writer Simon Beaufoy, Anthony Dod Mantle winning the Oscar for best cinematography, Chris Dickens won the best film editing, best sound mixing went to Ian Tapp, Resul Pookutty, original score for composer A.R. Rahman and best song was also won by him, Danny Boyle for Best Director. It also won the best film award.
The movie has already won several awards at the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the British BAFTA awards. (ANI)
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