Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Update - 1/14/09: This show has aired. You can download the MP3 from our archive. Let us know what you think!

After a lot of back and forth with all the publicity and production companies associated with Slumdog Millionaire, we're very excited to announce that the director, Danny Boyle, will be joining us on tomorrow's program! Slumdog Milionaire, which just won four Golden Globes, including Best Drama and Best Director, is a visually stunning film, certainly in part to Danny's insistance on shooting on location in India as opposed to building a set.

What's inspired an Irish Catholic director more famous for zombies and heroin addicts to focus his attention on India?

Boyle's taken a love story and put it against the backdrop of India, highlighting its social problems, its crowds, and the wide variety of people to be found there. I liked the range of classes and cultures highlighted in the movie -- India's poverty is certainly a focus, but he doesn't make it out to be all that India's about, either.

Later on in the show, we'll have Vassar English Professor Amitava Kumar on to talk about the Bollywood roots and inspirations for Slumdog Millionare, which he wrote about for Vanity Fair.

Have you seen Slumdog Millionaire? Are you a Bollywood aficionado? Have you been to India? We'll want your comments on tomorrow's show.

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