Another Danny Boyle, another gutter movie, another poverty porn, another set up for Oscars at the cost of Hindus and India, another cause of rejoicement for gullible Indians, another ‘Jai ho’.

Here are some excerpts from reviews of the book – imagine the scope of changes possible ‘for the sake of making a movie’ after the emboldening success of ‘Slumdog’

  • “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found is much more than a travel book, it is an autopsy of a city that is morally dead..…… Mehta conducts a brilliant examination by exhuming the underworld dons, street thugs, policemen, politicians, judges, movie stars and bar girls of this city..” — The Globe and Mail
  • Investigating the city’s bloody 1992-1993 riots, he meets Hindus who massacred Muslims, and their leader, the notorious Godfather-like founder of the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, Bal Thackeray, “the one man most directly responsible for ruining the city I grew up in.” Daring to explore further the violent world of warring Hindu and Muslim gangs, Mehta travels into the city’s labyrinthine criminal underworld with tough top cop Ajay Lal, developing an uneasy familiarity with hit men who display no remorse for their crimes. Mehta likewise deploys a gritty documentary style when he investigates Bombay’s sex industry, profiling an alluring, doomed dancing girl and a cross-dressing male dancer who leads a strange double life. Mehta includes so-called “Bollywood” in his sweeping account of Bombay’s subcultures: he hilariously recounts, in diary style, day-to-day life on the set among the aging male stars of the action movie Mission Kashmir. Mehta, winner of a Whiting Award and an O. Henry Prize, is a gifted stylist. His sophisticated voice conveys postmodern Bombay with a carefully calibrated balance of wit and outrage, harking back to such great Victorian urban chroniclers as Dickens and Mayhew while introducing the reader to much that is truly new and strange. Agent, Faith Childs Literary Agency. (Sept. 26)— Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
  • “Suketu Mehta tells the stories of slum-dwellers, dancing girls, hitmen and poets, all of whom have come to Bombay to make it…..” — The Economist
  • Like a mind-blowing, real-life trip through the streets of Bombay, many thousands of images of beggars, slums, palaces, film stars, murderers, cops and lovers rush forward from the pages of this book, as if competing for a high rupee-yielding prize.” —Sydney Morning Herald
  • It is about the maddeningly interesting metropolis of Bombay (or Mumbai, as Hindu political purists insist)……” —The Houston Chronicle
  • The book’s focus on the city’s dark side, where money, sex, showbusiness and crime meet, mingle and part, has a purpose…..” — The Independent
  • “Hobnobbing with professional killers, cops on the edge, bar girls, street poets and Bollywood directors, Mehta paints an intimate portrait of what many consider the city of the future.” — The Sacramento Bee
  • He examines the city in unusual ways — looking at the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs; a bar dancer who chose the only life available to her after a childhood of poverty; delving into the stories of people who leave the villages for life in the city…..— Deseret Morning News


Danny Boyle to produce a thriller on Mumbai night life

Agencies Posted online: Wednesday, Jun 03, 2009 at 1533 hrs

London : After making it big at the Oscars with the life of a Mumbai slum dweller who becomes a millionaire, director Danny Boyle is planning to make yet another film on the tinsel city of India, this time a thriller based on its night life.While Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire was inspired by Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup’s book ‘Q&A’, the forthcoming thriller will be based on the novel ‘Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found’ by Suketu Mehta, an Indian-born journalist and author based in New York.

According to a report in The Times, Boyle has bought the rights of the critically acclaimed novel, which was first published in 2004.

Partly a travelogue and partly an autobiography, the book delves into the interconnected worlds of Mumbai’s slum-dwellers, dancing girls, underworld dons and Hindu radicals.

The non-fiction work has been likened to everything from Balzac’s descriptions of Paris to The Arabian Nights.

Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars and grossed over 220 million pounds at the box office