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Give an ear to the wisdom of the Panda!

Posted by Girish Krishnan on January 26, 2009

Saw couple of movies recently – Kung Fu Panda, Slumdog Millionaire.
Kung Fu Panda is a kid movie which everyone can enjoy, contrast that with Slumdog millionaire which is for a more mature crowd. – One could argue that these movies are meant for totally different set of audiences, but essentially both are “underdog making it big” stories.

Slumdog is a collage of many hindi movie storylines, and a very familiar game show. I found the acting especially by the grown up version of the characters very amateurish – There are much better bollywood movies which never made it big in the international arena, which means that ultimately international recognition is the outcome of good marketing and networking.

A R Rahman is no doubt a genius, but can you call the sound track of Slumdog his best work till date? Com’on you should be kidding. Our maestro had made Rang De Basanti, Lagaan and Kannathil Muthamittal earlier, but nobody noticed all that till Danny Boyle got him onboard. Summary is that there is no dearth of talent in India, and that we are very much capable of doing world class things. Its just that it pays to do some marketing as well!

I personally liked Kung Fu Panda much more than the Slumdog’s jackpot. The lovable Panda rediscovers itself by kindling a lot of self belief within and doesnt depend on lady luck alone to make it big. Thats the best way to do it, isn’t it?   Its an awesome movie for kids because it gives several valuable lessons –
They’ll be fascinated to learn the secret of the Dragon Scroll as well as the secret ingredient of Po’s father’s noodle soup, both of which will surprise them and possibly teach them a valuable lesson. There is one is for elders as well – “yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift–that’s why it’s called the present” – sweet!

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