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


Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, who made this famous statement, ”We were rulers here for 800 years. Inshaallah, we shall return to power here once again”,  and  threat, “If the government does not take early measures to bring an end to undue harassment of Muslims who were indiscriminately labeled  as terrorists, this country is in for another partition, so let us be prepared for nation wide riots and violence. now gives a call for another Muslim League ………… with the dream of another partition


Another Muslim League in the making

Prafull Goradia

 Syed Ahmed Bukhari’s call for a separate political party for Muslims is an implicit confirmation of the thesis propounded by Jinnah that Muslims cannot co-exist with others, notably Hindus

Recently, Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari, said that the time had come to float a new political party led and commanded by Muslims to address their problems. The call was for a party of the Muslims, by the Muslims, for the Muslims. If his wish came true, a re-enactment of what happened a century ago would begin. In December 1906 at Dacca under the presidentship of Nawab Salimullah the All India Muslim League was founded. In the course of the next 41 years the League succeeded in dividing India into two countries; Pakistan as a homeland for Muslims and Hindustan meant for all the non-Muslims. What was Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah’s scheme and what was recommended by BR Ambedkar, we can discuss later along with the pros and cons of Bukhari’s proposal.

In 1909 the Morley Minto Reforms acceded to the League’s demand for separate electorates for the Muslims as well as reservation of seats in legislatures and jobs in Government. In 1916 the Lucknow Pact was signed between Jinnah, representing the League, and Bal Gangadhar Tilak, leading the Congress. The Pact conceded weightage of seats for the Muslims in the legislatures. Weightage meant, for example, Muslims were given 33 per cent of the seats in the Bombay Assembly although their population was only 14 per cent.

The League made its green flag fly so high that Muslim demands got increasing prominence in the politics of India. One result was that the British Government held three Round Table Conferences in London between 1930 and 1932. They were presided over by Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald. When no agreement emerged, he lost his patience and announced his notorious Communal Award. In effect, in provinces where Muslims were 25 per cent or more, they were given 50 per cent of the legislative seats; clearly a victory for the League’s agenda. The growing Muslim success led to several developments. One was that poet Iqbal’s Sare jahan se achha Hindustan hamara turned into Pakistan hamara.

At the 1930 session of the League at Allahabad, Iqbal announced his scheme for two separate homelands within a very loose confederation. Rehmat Ali, a scholar at Cambridge, innovated in 1933 the name Pakistan. In turn these events inspired Jinnah as president of the League to propose the Pakistan Resolution at its Lahore session on March 23, 1940. Shrewd as Jinnah was, he concealed his hurry to make the British leave India which in turn provoked the Congress to insist on their quitting the country. No doubt Jinnah’s priority was partition rather than independence. To finally convince the British that the Hindus and Muslims cannot co-exist in one country, he gave a call for Direct Action which was an euphemism for Muslim engineered riots against Hindus beginning August 16, 1946 at Calcutta. Meanwhile, the principle of parity applied to the formation of the Interim Government appointed preparatory to the British departure, demonstrated that Hindus and Muslims could not work together. The inexorable result was the vivisection of India in August 1947.

Jinnah and all the other seven leaders of the League wanted not only the division of the country but also a transfer of populations whereby all the Muslims would gather in Pakistan and all the non-Muslims would live in Hindustan. Sir Firoze Khan Noon, later a Pakistani Prime Minister, went to the extent of telling the Bihar MLAs on April 8, 1946 that if the Muslims were not given over to Pakistan, they would re-enact the murderous orgies of Changez Khan and Halaqu Khan. Ambedkar agreed with Jinnah that Hindus and Muslims could not live together. An exchange of population a la Greece/Turkey in 1923 was the obvious answer. Bukhari’s proposal is an implicit confirmation of the thesis that Muslims cannot co-exist with others. Unfortunately, in 1946/47 the Congress was in the hypocritical mood of impartially representing all communities. In the bargain it did not accept the Jinnah-Ambedkar contention. Today, however, the party openly declares ‘Muslims first’ and allocates on priority the national resources to this one community.

If Bukhari’s desire were fulfilled and most Muslims join his party the other organisations would be bereft of their direct support. Such a situation could well bring an end to vote-bank politics. Mr Mulayam Singh would cease to be referred to as Maulana while Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav would no longer campaign with a look alike of Osama bin Laden. Sir Cyril Radcliffe, who drew the dividing line between the two countries at partition, had provided for more territory than the Muslim numbers justified. So that today Pakistan has about 180 people to a square kilometre whereas India has approximately 350. There is plenty of land to complete Jinnah’s agenda of partition.