In 2007, when British director Danny Boyle first arrived in India to direct the Mumbai-based Slumdog Millionaire, he considered himself a strict rationalist.
Now, today, with a Golden Globe for Best Director to his name and Best Film for Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle admits that he is a convert to the school of fate and destiny.
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"In the West, (destiny) is kind of a cute, charming idea," he says. "But being here in India for a year, making the film, you learn to appreciate something you cannot rationally define and understand. And this applies to our film, the fate of our film, the way the stars and the constellations seem to have aligned in our favour. So many different things that have happened, that as a rationalist, I am unable to explain. S0 I have to bow down and accept that there are things you cannot understand, but if you are open to them, you will benefit."
Text: Matthew Schneeberger
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