I defy you not to get up, grab a scarf, put it around your neck, grab the ends and get your groove on when you hear the infectious beats of A.R. Rahman’s Academy award-winning song from 2008’s Best Picture winner, “Slumdog Millionaire.” It was a slumdog throwdown at last night’s Oscar award show, and I for one was happy to see Mumbai receive some (well, lots of) love.
Although not a Bollywood movie (since director Danny Boyle, producer Christian Colson are, well, Caucasian, and the movie came out of a Hollywood studio), this film had many of the trappings of a thrilling Bollywood flick–seemingly improbable story line with a truly satisfying ending, the great song-and-dance number at the end, Bollywood stars as well as great unknown Indian actors, and of course the piece de resistance, a fabulous score from Bollywood music guru Rahman.
Want to learn more about Bollywood? Check out these Bollywood features on Beliefnet, and check back with Idol Chatter for an upcoming Bollywood movie gallery. In the meantime, enjoy this video of “Jai Ho” — YouTube zindabad!