Mumbai, Jan 23: If experts are to be believed, critically acclaimed 'Slumdog Millionaire" is at 2-7odds of winning the prestigious Academy Award for the Best Motion Picture. The film, which has won four Golden Globe Awards and has garnered 10 nominations at the Oscars.
The movie tracks the story of Jamal Malik, a dirt-poor orphan from the slums who astonishes India when he does well on the country"s version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" The cast and crew of Slumdog Millionaire celebrated their 10 Oscar nominations at the film"s India premiere in Mumbai on Thursday night Jan 22. At a star-studded red carpet event, as congratulations poured in, they broke into an impromptu bhangra sessi-on to toast the achievement.
Indian music composer A R Rahman has been nominated for original score while director Danny Boyle is a nominee in Best Director category. Rahman said: “I am on top of the world. I don"t have words to describe how I feel. I am choking with joy. I believe the love and prayers of millions of Indians made it possible. It"s a dream come true."“It is unbelievable! I think our chances are very bright, I feel the world is going to change for good."
Damian Smee, film expert from William Hill, one of the largest bookmakers in the UK, has been compiling Oscar odds for 27 years and picks up the winner 'eight times out of ten". He said that Slumdog Millionaire is at 2-7 odds of winning the Oscars while The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is at 4-1 odds. Boyle is at 4-9 odds of winning the Oscars for the Best Director compared to 7-2 for David Fincher, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, 8-1 for Ron Howard,
Frost/Nixon, 8-1 for Stephen Daldry, The Reader, and 10-1 for Gus Van Sant, Milk.
Director Danny Boyle said he was 'proud' of the film and saluted the city it is based in. “I was privileg-ed to have made this film. It"s such an amazing city. All the characters are rooted here." Irrfan Khan, who plays a policeman in the film, said, “I hope the Oscar comes to India now. Everyone, from the technicians to the performers, has done an outstanding job. Jai Ho!"
Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Imran Khan, Avantika Malik, Amrita Rao, Jitendra and Yash Chopra were present to congratulate the entire film"s cast.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)