Slumdog’s Dreams are true

The story of Slumdog Millionaire is true; especially the hopes and the dreams that a quiz show promising big money can give.

My grandmother was also one of the dreamers, who thought that a quiz show could make anyone instantly rich. So innocent was her understanding that she felt that the host was a very rich man who gave the prize money from his own wealth.

In  the year 2000, our family went on Mumbai to attend a cousin’s wedding. It was my grandma’s first visit to Mumbai. Unlike us she was not interested in the Gateway of India or in the Marine Drive. . She had just one desire, to see Amitabh Bachchan’s house.

Perplexed I asked why she was interested in his house, when she did not understand Hindi let alone watch Hindi movies. Her reply was “He makes everyone a Crorepati. I want to see how the house of the one who can make others also Crorepatis is.”

When we returned from Mumbai without fulfilling her wish, she was upset. She called her Mumbai trip worthless and said that the city did not meet the hype it had. For her the city was as good as Shimoga, the town near her village. The only difference being that “a magnanimous Arabpati actor lived there who made lesser mortals Crorepatis.”

When we returned from Mumbai without fulfilling her wish, she was upset. She called her Mumbai trip worthless and said that the city did not meet the hype it had. For her the city was as good as Shimoga, the town near her village. The only difference being that “a magnanimous Arabpati actor lived there who made lesser mortals Crorepatis.”

Our explanation that Bachchan was himself revived by Kaun Banega Crorepati, didn’t make any sense to her. She even urged me to try and get into the show. Well, I tried several times but was not so lucky to get a call.

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