Jai Ho?

The rags-to-riches romance Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscar awards for the best feature film, direction, original song, original score, sound mixing, editing, adapted screenplay and cinematography. At last, India made it to the Oscars.

Producer of 'Slumdog Millionaire' Christain Colson with girlfriend Saskia Mulder
Producer of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Christain Colson with girlfriend Saskia Mulder

The best direction award went to Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire.

Director Danny Boyle with actors Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
Director Danny Boyle with actors Dev Patel and Freida Pinto

Rahman won two awards — for the best original song (Jai ho, penned by Gulzaar) and the best original score for Slumdog Millionaire.

A.R. Rahman with two Oscar awards
A.R. Rahman with two Oscar awards

Resul Pookutty for the best sound mixing along with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke.

Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty

Chris Dickens bagged the best film editing award.

Chris Dickens
Chris Dickens

Simon Beaufoy bagged the award for best adapted screenplay.

Simon Beaufoy with wife Jane
Simon Beaufoy with wife Jane

Anthony Dod Mantle got the best cinematography award.

Dod Mantle
Dod Mantle

The country is jubilant over winning eight Oscars.

Danny Boyle with writer Vikas Swaroop, author of 'Q & A'
Danny Boyle with writer Vikas Swaroop, author of ‘Q & A’

It is considered as a historical event, as Oscar is considered to be the ultimate in excellence in the cinema world. Every artist dreams of making it big by aspiring for a role or a movie which would bag him Oscar.

Crew of the 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Crew of the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

When the country is jubilant over securing eight awards for the movie, has anyone thought about why did the movie get so much of recognition? Would it have got the Oscar if it was directed by an Indian director or an Indian script writer? Is there any dearth for local talent? There are many talented directors and artists in the country and it doesn’t mean that they are lagging behind in anything. Many good Indian films hardly get international exposure and recognition, as they are directed by locals. Unlike the west, we lack good marketing and exposure. Even a great director like Satyajit Ray got his Oscar at the fag end of his life, that too for his life time achievement and not to any particular film!

If we watch BBC or any other international channels, we are told that Slumdog Millionaire is a British cinema about India and not an Indian cinema! It seems like the British hired Indian artists and paid them the Oscar award.

Not only the Slumdog Millionaire, even Smile Pinki, a 39-minute short film in Hindi and Bhojpuri, directed by Emmy-nominated producer Megan Mylan also drew the attention of the world by winning the best documentary short subject Oscar award.

Director and producer of 'Smile Pinki' Megan Mylan with Pinky
Director and producer of ‘Smile Pinki’ Megan Mylan with Pinky

Both the films had Indian subjects with foreign directors to make it at the Oscars. When will the days come when a film directed by an Indian director makes it to the Oscars?

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