Vikas Swarup's Book Q&A - Slumdog Millionaire's Foundation

As I look at life - Anuradha Khanna Pentapalli: Vikas Swarup's Book Q&A - Slumdog Millionaire's Foundation:
Slumdog Millionaire - Based on book Q&A written by Indian author Vikas Swarup.

It’s true I haven’t read the novel Q&A. I want to. I will. But I’ve watched the movie. And what a movie! Can’t watch it again because while it’s an amazing piece of work, while it’s a genius of a concept, while it shows us the reality… it makes me feel sad, really sad.

My mother in law wants to know about the movie, she woke up early in the morning to catch up with Slumdog Millionaire winning awards, but yet, she refuses to watch it. She can’t see little children suffer. No one can. Wonder how some inhumane ‘human beings’ can do such evil deeds as showcased in the film or I would rather say brought to the world’s knowledge by the author Vikas Swarup.

While the movie is winning praise all over, somehow I feel a gap. We hear all names – Danny Boyle, A R Rahman, Anil Kapoor, Gulzar, Loveleen Tandan, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Irrfan Khan… truly deserving! But somehow Vikas Swarup’s name is not echoed a lot. Wonder why in the acceptance speeches, people don’t mention the writer’s name! Come on, how would you have made / thought of the movie if you hadn’t read the story in the Q&A book?

Let’s take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Vikas Swarup without whom the movie wouldn’t have been thought about!"

Slumdog Millionaire Wins Best Film at Oscar Awards

After 7 impressive wins, Slumdog Millionaire won the eighth award - Best Picture / Film at Oscars! Truly deserving! Congrats Slumdog team!

Watch the Oscar News Video here

A R Rahman OSCAR 2009 Speech - Best Original Score

Love to watch him deliver this speech at the Oscars! A very modest Rahman politely thanks God in Tamil "yella pugalum iraivanukke" (meaning God is great), his mother (Mere paas ma hai) and the team of Slumdog Millionaire.

Smile Pinky - Oscar - Best Short Documentary

Smile Pinky Wins Oscar for Best Short Documentary - myPOPKORN: "Made in India documentary film ‘Smile Pinky' won an Oscar at the 81st Academy Award ceremony held in Los Angeles on February 22.

The film, nominated along with four others, stood victorious in the best short documentary category.

The 39-minute documentary is directed by American director Megan Mylan."

Watch the Oscar news video on - 81st Annual Academy Awards - Winners

Find - 81st Annual Academy Awards - Winners for the following categories:
"Actor in a Leading Role
Actor in a Supporting Role
Actress in a Leading Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
Animated Feature Film
Art Direction
Costume Design
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short
Film Editing
Foreign Language Film
Music (Score)
Music (Song)
Best Picture
Short Film (Animated)
Short Film (Live Action)
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing
Visual Effects
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Writing (Original Screenplay)"

Courtesy - Oscar Awards website

Slumdog Millionaire Wins Oscars

Apna Slumdog Millionaire has won eight Oscar awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, Original Score and Original Song.

Kudos to A R Rahman who bagged 2 of these Oscars for Best Original Music Score and Original Song!

Here's the Oscar website -

A R Rahman Won 2 Oscars!

A R Rahman won 2 Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire - Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song. Congratulations and Jai Ho Rahman!

Whenever an Indian / Indian movie gets nominated for the coveted Oscar Awards, there's enough anticipation - will we get it or not. But this once, everyone was sure that Rahman will make it! And with two statuettes, he has made us all confident for the next Oscars. The inspiration and example that he has set is beyond description. Somehow each one of us, especially in the film industry, is dreaming -"One day I want to win an Oscar and make my country proud"!

I just wish I could meet Rahman in person and congratulate him. Best I can do is use this blogging platform to say "Congratulations Rahman"!

Read the entire news and watch the video of Rahman's Oscar speech and Jai Ho Song on

Do share the spirit and congratulate the music maestro here!

Rahman's Oscar Speech:
"I have nothing but my mother and she is there with me. I thank her for making me coming all this way with her blessings."

What does Dafatan Mean in Dil Gira Kahin Par Dafatan Song

We wondered and wondered what does Dafatan mean. Finally, Mrinal did find out the meaning of Dafatan.

Dafatan means all of a sudden!

Dil gira kahin par dafatan means my heart fell somewhere all of a sudden.

Lovely lyrics!

Katrina Kaif and John Abraham Have a Secret

Our Bollywood beauty Katrina Kaif and hearthrob John Abraham seem to have a secret. Don't get ideas! The Bollywood hotties are apparently signed for Jewel of India, the upcoming film of Hollywood Director Rob Cohen of The Fast And The Furious (2001) fame.

And that's not all! Jewel of India's cast also include none other than Amitabh Bachchan, Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Monica Belluci and Eva Mendes!