A long time ago, one lonely evening, I made a list of my fav songs, the original soundtrack of my not-so-original life. Started writing a short story linking the songs – reliving the moments, revisiting the emotions, remembering old loves – but then, you know, I needed a break, switched on the radio… Sundari Kannal oru Sethi…oh man, I cried all night.


Later I found out that Nick Hornby had done something similar – not the crying – a book, called Songbook – and I dropped the project.


Slumdog Millionaire concept is pretty close – instead of songs in our life, bongs in our life…Siddhartha Basu and Anita Kaul Basu.




Now, I have two questions…question number 1: Why Taj Mahal?


Should all western movies shot in India show the Taj, even if the story is set in the slums of Mumbai, 1200 km from Agra…reminds me of an old school joke…guy had mugged up on The Coconut Tree…but in the exam, he was asked to write about The Cow…


പശു ഒരു നാല്‍ക്കാലിയാണു്‌. പശുവിനെ തെങ്ങില്‍ കെട്ടാം. തെങില്‍ നിന്നു്‌ നമക്കു്‌ തേങ്ങാ ലഭിക്കുന്നു. തെങില്‍ നിന്നു്‌ നമക്കു്‌ ഓലയും മടലും ലഭിക്കുന്നു. തെങില്‍ നിന്നു്‌ നമക്കു്‌ കള്ളു്‌ ലഭിക്കുന്നു. തെങ്ങ്…


Question number…um…number 2: Why Toilets?


Danny has a thing for toilets. The ‘autograph’ scene in SDM is as mild as Cheran’s Autograph when compared to the toilet scene from ‘Trainspotting’. Check it out.


Which kinda makes me wonder – perhaps, in the end credits, he was giving Rahman the ultimate compliment…sabhlatha king!