‘Slumdog Millionaire': A Triumph For South Asians Everywhere

Contributed by Akshay Bhansali

By late Sunday afternoon, the New York Giants were out of the playoff race, but I had to move on. I had another team to route for, this time at the Golden Globes.

Team Slumdog’ is proud: The success of “Slumdog Millionaire,” has virtually the entire Desi (a.k.a. South Asian) population on the planet energized. What was the last film with Indian subject matter to win an Oscar, “Ghandi”? “Water” and “Lagaan” came close. Heck, an Indian film star had still never presented an award at a major U.S. award show before!

But all that changed last night. The reigning king of Bollywood, Indian actor Shahrukh Khan, presented an award, and in the end “Slumdog” came away with FOUR Golden Globes!

Producer/composer A. R. Rahman — who we spoke with about the his “Slumdog” soundtrack last month — won for Best Original Score for the film. Rahman is India’s Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer. He’s done more than100 movies soundtracks in 17 years in the business.

So in the end, Sunday evening wasn’t so bad. Sure, Eli and the boys are out, but “Slumdog” appears to be a viable contender at this year’s Oscars. Jai ho!!!