Magic Realism Of The Day

I was thrilled to see “Slumdog Millionaire” win big at the Oscars last night. Although the movie received the Best Picture award, it is not without its critics – especially Indian ones.

One such critic is Salman Rushdie. He was unimpressed with the movie and complained that the movie “piles impossibility on impossibility.” For example, Rushdie complained about how at one point in the movie the characters end up at the Taj Mahal, 1000 miles away from the previous scene.

Last January, Rushdie complained:

“I’m not a very big fan of Slumdog Millionaire. I think it’s visually brilliant. But I have problems with the storyline. I find the storyline unconvincing. It just couldn’t happen. I’m not adverse to magic realism but there has to be a level of plausibility, and I felt there were three or four moments in the film where the storyline breached that rule.”

This coming from a man who wrote a book about two men falling to Earth from an exploded airplane and surviving.

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3 Responses to Magic Realism Of The Day

  1. Robbie says:

    You have to laugh when people like that point fingers. It’s like when anchor babies like Mitt Romney and Michelle Malkin rail against illegal immigration.

  2. mamoon haroon says:

    The information secretary ATM Fazlul Karim has been forced to resign for writing a book of poetry “where he allegedly cast metaphorical aspersions on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members.” (qouted from daily star)

    Now two additional cases have been filed againts him.

    Is the new government going to curtail people’s right to express their free speech. Will criticizing the government or anyone related to Sheikh Hasina remain a taboo subject during the duration of current AL government?

  3. Mash says:

    mamoon, who filed the cases? Its not clear from the Daily Star article.

    I am still trying to gather facts on this, so I am not sure of the latest on this. The government needs to know that if it arrests a man for writing – however offensive – it will be doing the very thing the government it has replaced was doing. So, lets hope that the government has the good sense not to go down that idiotic and repressive path.

    Now, as for retiring him from his position as Secretary to the Government, that was wholly appropriate. If he wants to be anti-Bangladesh and anti-Government, its probably not a good fit for him to be the #1 government official in the INFORMATION ministry. The government was well within its rights and within the law to retire him.

    I would have fired him too.

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