OPINION

An Open Letter To Arindam Chaudhuri

January 31, 2009
Hardik Ruparel

//Post updated 02/02/09

Dear Arindam,

You seem to have posted a rather audacious and untrue blog post about the movie Slumdog Millionaire. I agree, you said what you had in your little mind. Now I'll say what I have in mine.

You had the audacity to publish that ridiculous blog post as your paid advertisement in the newspaper. As if anyone reads it. I'm not too concerned about that. I'm just concerned where your corporate attitude is taking you. So, I've devised a plan for you to get back your life on track, or as the Pope would say, Rid You of Your Sins...

1) Sort out the Unfair Trade Practises charge against your nursery school, if you haven't already. ( Chill man..Just read it off the news online.)

Also check this bit on MRTPC's directive to probe these claims.

2) Pay your taxes dude ! The Tax Evasion charges don't look so great on your already sucky IIPM's brochure. Check this. Also this

3) Stop suing people who want to spread the truth. As long as Rashmi Bansal has the government on her side, she has nothing to worry about. Neither does Gaurav Sabnis

And don't even think about suing me. All the claims I've made have already been made by by the press and the Indian government. For simplicity, I've included them so you don't have to waste your time on the news websites. As far as my opinions are concerned, well those are entirely my own and you can't do anything about it.

4) Read the page IIPM Controversies on Wikipedia. Try editing it and I'll edit it back. Fun game eh?

5) Stop criticizing movies like Slumdog Millionaire. They're excellent.

Elaborating on the last point, I have many things on my mind..

Firstly, Indian directors have made such good movies. Rang De Basanti? Lagaan? And they've been equally well received by critics and appropriate credit has been given to the movie makers. So don't blame others if you only watch chick flicks.

You say the film doesn't have sincerity and honesty. Well, we all know how honest you are. The movie's honesty is quite clear. For people like you fed with a golden spoon in your mouth, it may require you to watch it some 20 times before you see it

And you're so bothered about India being portrayed as a third world country with slums and slumdogs? Well, we do have all that. And much worse. People keep talking about terrorism. But leave the terrorists alone. The real terrorism is in the poverty stricken India. The terrorists are doing their job just fine. People like you aren't. You just want to get richer. Accept that or nobody will ever respect you.

Then you say the movie shows slums, open-air lavatories, riots, underworld, prostitution, brothels, child labour, begging, blinding and maiming of kids to make them into ‘better beggars’, petty peddlers, traffic jams, irresponsible call centre executives…

But again, these are India's assets! Not really the ones we're proud of, but India wouldn't be India if it weren't for all these. Accept your country for what it is.

It's true, the movie has a Dark side about it, but again why do Indians always want happy movies. Accept the movie for what it is. It's a drama. Not a documentary. Stop making up bullshit and drilling people's minds with it. 

I guess I could rant on about your antics but I wouldn't want to waste any more of my time on this topic.

Yours,

Hardik Ruparel

Hardik Ruparel is a 20 yr. old B.Tech(Computer Science) pre-final year student from NIT Trichy. He takes avid interest in national and political matters, the English Premier League and close-up magic, apart from keeping track of the latest in technology. He's been interested in writing articles/poems since childhood. When not in class, he's usually performing magic for friends or playing the guitar.
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#1
Ledzius
January 31, 2009
01:37 AM

Arindam is a role model for all aspiring young Indians who wish to inherit their dad's business.

#2
kerty
January 31, 2009
02:04 AM

Is Slumdog Millionaire worth the praise?
Matthew Schneeberger

http://www.rediff.com/movies/2009/jan/29is-slumdog-worth-it.htm

#3
anon
January 31, 2009
12:06 PM

"Get A Haircut. God you look ridiculous in the photos you publish. It's like looking at a toad with hair overgrowth. Sorry but just my opinion.. :)"

My opinion too. :)

#4
kerty
January 31, 2009
12:34 PM

I wish I had his hair. And he looks like young Uttpal Dutt and middle-age Dev Patel! But his commentary on SM is spot on.

This is good example of argumentum ad hominem where one attacks the man but not the arguments.

#5
Amitabh Mitra
URL
January 31, 2009
04:28 PM

Wah, Arindam, Wah
Arindam should be in South African politics or better in Zimbabwe helping Robert.

#6
Deepa Krishnan
URL
January 31, 2009
11:25 PM

While I believe in the freedom to write what you think, this article is in such appalling taste and indulges in so much personal slander that it makes me sick. This article has crossed the borderline that separates criticism from a hate attack. Were the editors sleeping?

- Deepa

#7
ajay
URL
February 1, 2009
01:00 AM

Though there is some truth in what Deepa says above, I enjoyed reading your article.

#8
Aaman
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February 1, 2009
01:09 AM

I'll leave it to the author to defend his views or his hirsute preferences, but the specific allegations are all referenced and backed up so there is no slander involved.

#9
Sarah
February 1, 2009
01:25 AM

Hardik

I totally agree with you. Reading that paid advertisement made me sick too!

"It's true, the movie has a Dark side about it, but again why do Indians always want happy movies. Accept the movie for what it is. It's a drama. Not a documentary. Stop making up bullshit and drilling people's minds with it."

It's time we all grew up. India is great with all the slime and dirt so get over it. Just because Danny boyle showed something that exists anyway, we are offended because he is British? hello?

I am not head over heels in love with Slumdog but that's because I thought some of the scenarios were a bit filmy. But that's it! It's just a movie with a tight screenplay and an exciting soundtrack and people like Arindam should take a chill pill and concentrate on making better movies at Planman Pictures instead of spewing vile at other people's work.

#10
kerty
February 1, 2009
10:53 AM

"Arindam should take a chill pill and concentrate on making better movies at Planman Pictures instead of spewing vile at other people's work"

Why can't SM fans take the criticism and negative reviews? Since they don't mind dissing India, they should also be able to take the well-reasoned and well-articulated critical reviews. None wants to deal with points raised by these reviews. Some of them do raise bile on the reviewers rather than deal with the points raised in the reviews.

#11
kerty
February 1, 2009
11:27 AM

Slumdog Millionaire is mediocre, trashy: Director Priyadarshan

Indian movie director Priyadarshan has joined the bandwagon in slamming Danny Boyle's underdog saga Slumdog Millionaire and has called the film a "cheap trashy mediocre version" of erstwhile Bollywood hits.

http://sify.com/movies/fullstory.php?id=14848865

Hint: Deal with the review rather than attack Priyadarshan. People have the right not to like a movie.

#12
kerty
February 1, 2009
11:32 AM

Emraan, Suri slam Slumdog Millionaire

Actor Emraan Hashmi and young film director Mohit Suri on Saturday, criticised the Oscar nominated film Slumdog Millionaire alleging that the movie attempts to encash India's poverty.

http://movies.indiainfo.com/2009/02/01/0902011808_slumdog_millionaire.html

#13
Hardik Ruparel
February 1, 2009
11:00 PM

@Deepa,
I'm deeply sorry if I caused any inconvenience. My article was just a result of continued drilling of those ads into my head, plus all the other unfair things IIPM are doing. Since some readers find it offensive, I'll remove the parts which they may have found to be personal slander.
I just want people to be aware, and not blindly take up continued suggestions.
It's like Bush's WOMD scam. He kept it on for about 2 years and finally everyone was convinced.
Anyway, again I apologize to anyone who may find this article degrading to them.
Regards,
Hardik

#14
excellent article
February 3, 2009
07:29 AM

The article is excellent.

#15
Anup
February 5, 2009
12:34 PM

Hardik,

I am finding it a bit hard to read this. Is this a rebuttal to Arindham's post? Or is it a character evaluation of the person? I would have loved to read more on a rebuttal of his arguments. But, Im not sure I care about Arindham enough to read his character evaluation...

Thanks,
Anup.

#16
Hardik
URL
February 6, 2009
04:04 AM

Dear Anup,
I think I have provided enough rebuttal for an article of this length. I could really write a book but there are other things in life to care about..

#17
Rajan
February 6, 2009
04:06 AM

This article is just not in good taste at all. Although all the statements have been backed up, the entire post seems like hate mail that 16 year olds post on message boards.

#18
Hardik
February 6, 2009
04:21 AM

Well, as I said some people find it hard to accept the truth.
And before calling me a 16 yr old (which I am not), please do look out for the message boards that you visit.
I really don't understand why people have such a hard time accepting the bitter truth, yet we continue to blindly accept God and his mysterious ways.

#19
commonsense
February 6, 2009
03:48 PM

HardiK:

"I really don't understand why people have such a hard time accepting the bitter truth:

ummm, perhaps the "bitter" taste? try "sweetening" truth and everything will be just fine!

#20
Kerty
February 6, 2009
04:24 PM

Hardik

"why people have such a hard time accepting the bitter truth"

Actually, people have hard time accepting the bitter lies too. People use this cliche as a taunt that 'truth hurts' as if lies do not. Just because something hurts, it must be truth, as they try to rub it in to their antagonists. But the truth is that lies can hurt equally.

#21
Hardik
February 7, 2009
03:56 AM

@Kerty : Well, when I said that truth hurts, I really didn't mean a lie doesn't hurt. For example : if I say I like going to the mall, it really doesn't mean I don't like staying at home. Catch my drift ?

And in this case, most of the thing shown in the movie are nothing but what India already possesses. So why shy away ? I'm not saying I'm proud of them. But I'm doing my bit for charity. That's the max I can do at this age, still pursuing my studies. If you've ever heard of support-a-child foundations, make sure you take up responsibility of at least one child till he/she is 18.

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