Slumdog Millionaire has caught the world by surprise and what a big pleasant surprise it is! This movie did not really seem to catch our interest in the beginning but once people started watching it, it took off like a rocket on jet fuel overdose.
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise then, to hear that some people are looking to cash in on the concept. Take for example the producers of the movie. Rumors have been circulating that they are going to create a reality TV show dubbed Secret Slumdog Millionaire. The name is a juxtaposition of the movie title and a highly successful British TV show called Secret Millionaire.
In the TV show, affluent men and women go undercover and choose a fortunate person to be the recipient of their charity. They infiltrate the less fortunate communities and make their choices from there.
Quite obviously, Secret Slumdog Millionaire will move along similar lines. I am thinking that they will gather affluent people and take them to the needy areas of Mumbai. These people will then have to choose the lucky recipient and reveal to them – with all the pomp and drama of TV – their “destiny.”
Naturally, this move will attract some criticism from many sectors. It’s something like using poverty to make money – get my drift? I am sure, though, that if this show ever gets off the ground, it will prove to be a success. Then again, I have been wrong before.
What about you, would you watch this kind of reality TV show?