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Slumkids fancy ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ as just a B’wood film

Students after viewing 'Slumdog' said they found it to be on the level of any other Bollywood entertainer.

Written by ANI | New Delhi |
June 23, 2009 12:33:26 pm

Left to them children in New Delhi’s slums may not give an Oscar to “Sulmdog Millionaire.”

For them it’s just another movie. Dharam and Danesh,live in the Golkuan slums of Okhla,in the industrial area of the capital. They saw the Oscar inning blockbuster on cable and DVD and liked “Ringa Ringa Ringa” and “Jai Ho” songs that have become their favourites.

Students after viewing the film facilitated by Deepalaya,a school that is run for slum and street children,said they found it to be on the level of any other Bollywood entertainer.

Both Dharam and Dinesh,students of class VII and V respectively unanimously say the train sequence and the winning moment of Jamaal was liked by them.

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Karan,another student of Class V,however described the whole story with great enthusiasm relating few sequences to his own life and was touched by the sequence where the mother of the protagonists was killed during riots.

Established in 1999,Deepalaya school lies almost attached to the slums and has a strength of 329 in a colony of 10,000 slums,says Poonam Thakur,head teacher.

This NGO has schools in Sanjay Basti,Okhla Phase 2 and in Malviya Nagar too. Their school in Kalkaji Extension,recently got recognised by CBSE upto Class X. She is planning to screen the movie as soon as vacations are on. Meanwhile,activities like clay modelling and,jewellery making keeps them busy.

NGOs working for slum children in Delhi have not felt it great to screen the movie for slum kids.

Though,Smile,another NGO liked the idea of screening Slumdog for the kids. NGO Jamghat,has a shelter for slum children at Lado Sarai,established in 2003.

Here,a group of 15 boys,originally from streets receive basic amenities including education and vocational training. In addition to this,theatre experience. The founder Amit Sinha comes from the same background. It is here that Feroz,13 and Prasanjit,10 saw “Slumdog Crorepati” the hindi version of the film.

Feroz loved the movie in totality but Prasanjit enjoyed only those sequences where the kids had not grown up.

Both enjoyed the fight sequences and the scene where the kids were running away from police’s lathis. They said that happens in real life too. When it comes to crime depiction they shared that,for begging,children are harassed. The same was depicted well in “Traffic Signal,” they feel.

Watching Bollywood movies in slums,on TV and proper DVD players may seem surprising. But it is rampant and possible by local shops who rent out TVs on daily basis for about Rs 35-45 and DVD players for Rs 12.

These are also bought second hand,or everyone gathers at a single place for viewing.

Inder,who runs a movie rental shop in Khadar village,near Sarita Vihar dispels the popular perception by saying,”Slumdog is not very popular among the lower strata,they still prefer action movies and actors like Dharmendra,Amitabh Bacchan. The movie was well accepted by the literate,who could interpret it.”

Nevertheless the songs of the movie have caught on with all the kids alike. “They even hum it in their classes,” says Poonam Thakur,head teacher at Deepalya.

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