Never in the history of dogs have they become so popular. Everyone wants to get a piece of the dog and eat it too.
Take the curious case of Danny Boyle – A British film director who left England to reach Mumbai in search of a dog story. And what he got is anybody’s guess. A multi million dollar saga on a dog…a.k.a Slumdog.
Coming to dogs, I’ve heard of “Insatiable Alsatians”, every woman’s dream a.k.a ”DoberMan” and Happy to Help sweet little Dr. Pug (or “Lolakutty!”) but not the new one called the Slumdog until a few days back
How often do you see a dog getting so much prominence, worldwide ?
Some people don’t like it when a dog is called a dog. Then there are those who think a man when called a dog will turn himself into a dog. Especially when you categorise a whole community / habitants as a dog, then it gets worse.
Coming to the point, recently I read this Corporator from Mumbai – Nicholas Almeida made a statement.
“We request that please change the name of the film to Slum dash Millionaire or Slum dash Crorepati. Dog is a bad word”
I ask Nicholas since when is dog a bad word ? The last I know of dogs are that it is a man’s best friend. Dogs are the most loyal animal. So how is it that a dog is a bad word ?
And why pick on one movie which has suddenly become a worldwide hit. What were you doing when the movie itself was being made ? May be Mr.Nicholas doesn’t have a day job. No wonder he is a Corporator from Mumbai!
Yeah right – When you have a Corporator like him and a few like the Rajs of the world and the Senas, then Mumbai is sure to go places.
Going by the same tone, isn’t the film Kaalia a racist title ? Isn’t Agnipath, the national award winning film starring Amitabh Bachhan, insulting fire- supposedly another God ? Then how about Sholay which also means fire ? And “Fire” itself (starring Shabana & Nandita) where lesbianism is portrayed which is still considered a social taboo ?
I think people like Nicholas just need a reason to fight …and unfortunately in India, more often than not we fight for the wrong social reasons.
How often do you see someone fight for minimum standard of living for the slum dwellers, a hygienic environment to survive, drinkable water, food, housing, shelter etc for those who below poverty line ?
Nicholas Almeida and his pseudo protests, if directed, in the right direction can yield results that will be appreciated by many rather than trying these cheap stunts of publicity.
Corporator(s) in India – better find some good alternative issues and leave the dogs to their own destiny. If not, it is certain that every dog will have his day ! J
Image Credit: Mr.Kumm
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