An even more amazing thing (for me) - I didn't see one Indian or Chinese in my week there. I can't remember any other time in my life that I didn't see even one Indian or Chinese for an entire week. 40% of the world's population had only one representative - me - at the resort.
Now I haven't travelled that much to exotic locations to be sure. But from what I have read or heard - that even in the remotest jungles of Africa one can always find a Gujju hotelier - Val Thorens seems to have escaped the imagination of the Gujju entrepreneur.
To be fair, I heard "Tu Roop ki Rani" from "Roop ki Rani Choron ka Raja" (that really bad movie of the early 90's) on the French Radio. Where Indians haven't reached, Bollywood has. It was bizarre to hear this song (of all) amongst all the other French songs playing on radio.
The best thing that will happen because of Slumdog is - execs at Disney, NBC and Viacom who invested in Indian entertainment industry can go to their bosses and justify their investment because of the potential blockbuster resturns. Fox Searchlight has again hit the jackpot of the foreign Indian movie market - Slumdog, Namesake, Water etc are all Fox Searchlight distributed.
Fox incidentally reports the highest operating margins of any studio (high teens vs high single digits for Paramount or Warner). There is probably something in the DNA of a movie studio - much like there is something about the DNA of a bank (even though they are all going to 0 this time) - that can make one stand head and shoulder above the rest.