Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WHAT the Hell

No seriously. What. Who does this bloody Arindam Chaudhuri THINK he is?
He wrote this article on Slumdog Millionaire. Click link and open in new tab.

Don't see "Slumdog Millionaire". It sucks!
By Arindam Chaudhuri


I saw it on Monday, at the bottom of a full page ad for IIPM. Very relevant no, to IIPM, this article? And I was too appalled to read it. It also appeared as the editorial in one of our newspapers the following day I think.

This is someone that people respect and admire. He's won awards. He's supposed to be a role model, a celebrity. Who knew he was such a lunatic? WHAT the hell is wrong with him?

First of all, (and it may seem trivial, but it is not to me) his grammar is COMPLETELY off in places. "Don't see" I believe.

Secondly, WHY go to such lengths?
Okay, you didnt like the movie. Fine. Why write a freaking editorial about it?
Do we not have more pressing things to give importance to?
And why be so extremist? And why give it such a childish and ridiculous headline?
I am not the only one thinking he must have some sort of ulterior motive here.
Why make it occupy a quarter of full page ad for IIPM for chrissake. Why put it everywhere? Why make it THAT public? Perhaps he has something to gain from the failure of this movie at the box office. Notice he says at the end:
Don’t even waste your time watching this film in the theatres.
Why mention in theatres unless he had box office results in mind?

Notice how the article stresses more on how one should NOT GO SEE the movie. Why not say, Go watch it, and see what rubbish it is? Go watch it, and see how we're being portrayed? Why say Dont go see it so often in the article, and give it that ridiculous, irrational Headline? It seems as though this man has all the wrong interests at heart.

Thirdly, he is really extremist in his views. You can't be so illogical ya! Especially when you are someone that important. Ack, Im too angry to write. Here are some ridiculous things he's said. Actually the whole article is ridiculous. But here:
While “Salaam Bombay” had realism, “Slumdog…” is just every scrap of dirt picked up from every corner and piled up together to try and hit back at the growing might of India.
Really now. Picked up and made to hit back at the growing might of India.
Im sure that's what they had in mind while making the film. Let us try and hit back at the growing might of India.
Talk about irrational. This idiot (and Im sorry Im being abusive, but Im angry) has NO IDEA about films Im telling you. NO IDEA. What about some of the shoddy unrealistic films that he's produced?
The real slumdogs who’ve hit the jackpot after wallowing in acres of human waste are the makers of this film who are now raking in millions while those court jesters who’ve critiqued the film and showered tributes and awards need to ask themselves why, scores of years after our independence, they still feel the need to suck up to the gora sahibs.
WHAT? Who is sucking up to the gora sahibs? I understand you have great fascination for the word "suck" Mr Chaudhury, but please!
It illogically shows every negative thing about India happening in the protagonist’s life... slums, open-air lavatories, riots, underworld, prostitution, brothels, child labour, begging, blinding and maiming of kids to make them into ‘better beggars’, petty peddlers, traffic jams, irresponsible call centre executives…
YOU are illogical. The movie is based on a BOOK. The book was written by an INDIAN. Who Im sure had no intention of hitting back at the growing might of India.

I agree that perhaps the movie might give people abroad a bad idea about India. And I wish that during Interviews and the publicity that they had stressed that this was just one aspect of India. But it's a movie, and a darn good one at that, and anyone doing business with us would know our country is a lot more than the slums. I don't see how much harm it could cause.

It is depressing to read some of the comments by the empty headed who look to the likes of him for their opinions. "Yes sir you are complete totally 100% completely true and right please admit me in your IIPM I have scored 50% marks." *barf*

I am however, slightly mollified by the number of comments that disagree with him on his blog. And I shall paste a few here.

(I would, but it is wrecking havoc on my blog saying html error and changing the font colours to flourescent blue and pink, and I cant do that to my blog. Flourescent blue. No.
I will try later, to paste these heart lifting comments. Know that they are there.)

And I say:
Dude you are completely off your rocker. Please go get head checked asap.

I would like to be have been more coherent here but I am too LIVID.

Even that Mangalore thing is driving me crazy. Srirama Sene I believe. Are there so many nutcases in the world? Really? It's depressing.

Tomorrow advertising exam. I should probably go study.

11 comments:

Saurabh said...

Hi, Well you are right in terms of the stand that you are taking, but please dont think or write that he is a role model for young people if you dont know. I
and definitely every known face or celebrity for that matter does not become a role model.
and i doubt people who actually know about the sector he is in dont look up to him if you say that they do.
He has churned out an entire generation of unemployable MBA and has made a joke of education , you would know how unethical his college's adv are.
It is only advertisments and perhaps his book that you have seen i suppose and it does look glittery from the outside.

GhostOfTomJoad said...

I agree with Saurabh - the man's a joke. The ads for his MBA shops are a pretty good indication of the quality of the man - crass, vulgar and cheap.

And, no, you're not alone - I agree, the quality of his writing is really bad.

What the moron and his followers don't understand is that the film simply represents the world that the protagonst inhabits. It doesn't claim to be a portrayal of life in India.

Anyway, talking about the man, I realise, doesn't do my BP any good and, so, I shall desist :-)

Thanks for visiting.

Brian 'Curmudgeon' Polson said...

Hee hee.

Arindam for Eeediot!
You're right, some of the comments are hilarious. Too many favourites to copy+paste...
Frik, the comments are more interesting than his bleeding article. That says something.
Okay, the subliminal IIPM ad proves he's a bashtardtypes, but he's also a chalu bashtardtypes. Remember, he drives a Bentley. He knew exactly what the reaction to this would be, and was counting on the subsequent frenzy. Or am I giving him too much credit? Is the damn Bentley clouding my judgment?

Linky time!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423087/ (This, obviously, is an irrefutable masterpiece)

And that up there ^^ reminded me of this >>>http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050811/REVIEWS/50725001

Brian 'Curmudgeon' Polson said...

What's wrong with your blog ra? It's not letting me put the full Roger Ebert link.
This better work. http://tiny.cc/f1nRC
Ah!

Rookie said...

Two thumbs up! I read the ad on paper. I think I crumpled it up and flushed it down the toilet. And I'm usually a really neat and tidy guy who worships anything paper. Need I say more?
One more thing, the plumbing isn't really great at my place. So, I'll probably face repercussions for my act of anger. Hell, it's worth it. That long haired idiot! Who idolises him anyway?!

La said...

ugh! horrible narrow-minded man! I mean isn't he supposed to be open-minded about things??? he's just made a complete fool of himself! I would be angry too goose! really!

Daicub&Daicub said...

You won't believe me I was laughing my guts out while I was reading that article in the newspaper! Agreed I wasn't totally smitten by SM, but this guy just took it a whole mile ahead and made an ass of himself! But I'm sure he would have known about the ramifications of his silly act... Guess he has/had something up his bloody sleeve...

MM said...

Saary for very late replies.

@Saurabh: What I meant by him being a role model, was that there are tonnes of emptied headed youngsters who just lap up his every word and blindly agree with anything he says. You can see this from some of the comments they've left on his blog.
KNOWING that he is powerful enough to influence so many like these, and that he is a role model (not to you or me, but) to these other people, he should be a BIT more freaking responsible about what he says.

@GhostOfTomJoad: Really. BAD for BP. I was so ANGRY after writing this post it left me absolutely poofed. I've decided not to think about him any more. I just take solace in the fact that there are lots out there like you, who can see right through him.

MM said...

@Brian: I love linky time! :)

I am a dunce in Hindi movies. But I can tell link number one is mashterpiece only. *applause to Arindham*

Linky number 2: Funny article. So much more rational than this barstid's! If you use suck and all in this context it is ok. :) Because it is review no, not freaking editorial. Barshtid. In fact I think the sucking comment might well be justified in this case. Heh. :D
Poor Rob. He IS funny a lot of the time.

Pliss blog no. I am missing the new posts too much.

@Rookie: Anger is NO good. Nothing good ever comes of it. Only plumbing issues and the like. Who idolises him? So many people it is depressing. :'( Waaaaaaah.

MM said...

@LA: He is a fool, a FOOL! *said like Phoebe*

@Jacob: Im glad you could laugh about it! Argh. How pissed he made me. And now Im am LIVID about this *i am so tempted to swear here* Mutalik I want to kill someone.
Anger management place you know of?

Julie said...

You're right, some of the comments are hilarious. Too many favourites to copy+paste..
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