Monday, February 23, 2009

From The Slums of Mumbai to Disney Land


















Slumdog Millionaire won 8 Oscars last night, but for me, the best moment was learning that all nine actors who play the three lead characters in three stages of their lives, were flown to the ceremony.

Today, they're going to a Southern California theme park (widely believed to be Disney Land)!
Then, it’s back to the slums of Mumbai.

Whirlwind preparations for their trip (passports came through on Thursday!) are detailed in this Yahoo news article:

Meanwhile, all around them the slum continued at its usual pace: Sewing machines thrummed from small, dark rooms. Women swatted flies from fresh-cut meat. Mangy dogs slept in the sun. Barbers sat in their barren shops, waiting for customers.

After their trip to the ceremony and theme park, they’ll fly back to Mumbai and the slums. How do you think this will affect their lives? How will they cope with being dressed in Oscar attire one day, only to return to their lives in shacks and lean-to’s?

I am thrilled that they were given this opportunity after playing such extraordinary rolls, but I wonder…

10 comments:

Regan Black said...

A profound question. Even knowing I should simply be content in the moment, wherever and whatever that moment brings, I admit the exposure to sparkle and glitz would make a dreary slum scene hard to tolerate.

I wonder if we'll ever know how these kids cope.

Regan
http://www.regansrealm.blogspot.com

Mary Cunningham said...

I hope they don't simply disappear, Regan. What a shame if these bright, talented young actors didn't get a chance to make a better life.

Thanks for your comment!

Karen Syed said...

I am unfamiliar with the movie, I know the story, but I can't help but wonder, like you, if anyone took these kids' future into account.

http://karensyed.blogspot.com

Mary Cunningham said...

That's my concern, too. "Here, kids. Put on these great Oscar clothes, now have fun at Disney Land, now go back to the slums.

I sincerely hope that doesn't happen.

Sam said...

Wow, what a great time they must be having! I'm so happy for them, it's just unfortunate that all children can't share the same good fortune that they have. Bright intelligent kids, long may their joy and success continue.

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