Un Oscar pour les bidonvilles

NEW DELHI – Les Indiens n’ont pas eu souvent l’occasion de se réjouir pour les Oscars, qui célèbrent chaque année à Hollywood les succès du cinéma. Au cours des 50 dernières années, seuls deux films indiens ont été nommés pour l’Oscar du meilleur film en langue étrangère, mais n’ont rien remporté.

Les Indiens tirent donc un plaisir indirect du triomphe de films « du courant dominant » en rapport avec l’Inde – comme par exemple des sept Oscars remportés par Richard Attenborough en 1983 avec Gandhi , ou du succès de Sixième sens , écrit et réalisé par Manoj Night Shyamalan, Philadelphien d'origine indienne.

Cette année, l'attention du pays est rivée sur Slumdog Millionaire , succès inattendu de la saison – dont l'action a lieu en Inde, avec des personnages, acteurs et thèmes indiens – nommé dans dix catégories. En fait, pour la première fois, les citoyens indiens sont en compétition pour deux statuettes dorées : pour la meilleure chanson et pour la bande originale de A. R. Rahman.

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