Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jai Ho!

I actually saw one of the movies nominated for the Best Picture Oscar this year -- which is unusual. And the one I saw - "Slumdog Millionaire" - won. So now of course it's getting a wider release, playing at the multiplexes and not just the "art" theaters. If you've seen the trailer you might get the impression that this one of those feel-good sensation movies, and it is very romantic, very colorful and ultimately life-affirming. But a lot of it is difficult to watch -- children endure abject poverty, see their murder murdered, are intentionally blinded to make them better beggars, and have to jump into a pool of excrement to escape outhouse imprisonment. The main character is forced to stand by as the love of his life is raped by his own brother. Not exactly warm and fuzzy stuff that.
The Jai Ho dance sequence over the closing credits however -- now that's feel-good. Judging by the number of amateur versions of this dance popping up on YouTube, it's about to become a craze. Here's the original:

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