Saturday, February 21, 2009
Normally only Movie Stars and Hollywood's top actors / actress/ directors walked the red carpet at the annual Academy Award in Hollywood....
We used to see the likes of John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Gene Hackman, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Merryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, Anne Hathaway, Jane Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rex Harrison, Mae West, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Jackson and other stars at the glamorous event.
But there is significant difference for this year 81st Oscar presentation at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood today Sunday 22 February 2009....
This time, 9 ordinary poor children from the slums of Mumbai in India will also walk the glamorous red carpet, enter the Kodak theatre, be seated and may even walk on stage to receive their Oscar.
They come to Hollywood because they are child actors who starred in India's most successful movie - "Slumdog Millionaire".
'Slumdog Millionaire" produced at a modest cost of USD15 million is nominated for 10 Oscars - including Best Picture at the most prestigious and highest honours of the global movie industry.
'Slumdog millionaire' will be battling it out with "The curious case of Benjamin Button", "The Reader", Frost/Nixon and Milk for the main award - Best Picture.
The plot of the movie tells of a Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers and win 1 million US Dollar at the show.
Cast - Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Prem Kumar, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Jamal K. Malik and child actors amongst others - Rubina Ali, Mohammed Azhaudin Ismail, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar.
Directed by Danny Boyle - a British.
Since its release in the cinemas on January 9, 2009, Slumdog Millionaire has won 16 awards at the Golden Globes, BAFTA awards and Critics' Choice Awards.
Gee.... Slumdog Millionaire is better than other legendary Bollywood movies such as Bobby, Kuch Kuch Hota Hei, Naya Daur, Gumrah, Zanjeer, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, Deewar, Sholay (highest ever grossing Bollywood movie) and Coolie.
Even Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor,Shashi Kapoor, Zeenat Aman, Dimple Kapadia, Perveen Babi, Vinod Khanna, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Nargis, Dharmendra, Rekha, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan were never nominated for an Oscar in their glittering careers as Bollywood top actors and actresses...!!!!!!