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.