you’ve been on Mars for the last year you simply can’t have
missed this film. It is the story of Jamal who is a young man on the
verge of winning 20 million rupees in India's ‘Who Wants to be
a Millionaire’ or "Kaun Banega Crorepati?"
an exercise in film-making it’s a masterful achievement blending
a variety of styles into something uniquely its own. Danny Boyle is
quite simply one of the best directors working today – it’s
a great looking and great sounding film that makes even the squalor
of India seem magical. Of course this was where one of the key eithical
problems arose and there has been lot’s of debate about them.
Is it right to take a young boy out of the slums of India, give him
some money and then send him back…well we’re not even going
its very core 'Slumdog Millionaire' is a magnificent love story, which
seems like a fairytale, yet it is so damn realistic and believable.
We have all dreamt of the perfect romance, the kind which blossoms and
gets better over time like wine. Slumdog Millionaire is living that
dream on celluloid for two hours. It's about the perseverance of the
protagonist, a Bombay slum kid called Jamal portrayed brilliantly by
the two child actors and Dev Patel, to unite with the love of his life
– Latika, whom he met, fell in love and was separated from in
the direst of circumstances.
entirely in India, it captures the life, the spirit, the greatness and
the follies of the nation and its people in a way, which perhaps no
other foreign film has been able to. In fact the excellent production
values achieved by this US-UK and Indian joint venture is something
that will put many popular Indian film-makers to shame. The soundtrack
composed by A.R. Rehman is also a highlight of the movie and you’ll
find yourself tapping along at times.
Boyle is clearly the captain of the ship. Slumdog has some clear and
refined shades of his other highly acclaimed movie – Trainspotting.
Some of the cinematography is even similar along with the themes of
violence and comedy intertwined in many parts.
back to the film, the game show, 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire' hosted
by Anil Kapoor is the pivot around which the story revolves. Jamal,
a chaiwala in a call center is on the verge of winning the grand prize
in this popular show. But how could a chaiwala, a slum boy possibly
do that? His euphoria is short lived as he is arrested on suspicion
of cheating and interrogated by the police inspector played by Irrfan
Khan. The story goes back and forth, with Jamaal revealing his adventurous
journey with his elder brother Salim and Latika, the love of his life.