The film starts with this question
Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 Million rupees. How did he do it?
A: He cheated
B: He’s lucky
C: He’s genius
D: It is written
Anil Kapoor escorts Dev Patel(Jamal Malik) to the hot seat in the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” The next scene is where Jamal Malik is brutually interrogated by the police in the suspicion of cheating in the game show.The film escapes into flashbacks,game show and the police interrogation.
Slumdog Millionaire is a clever(not great) adaptation of the book “Q and A” written by Vikas Swarup.The film tells the story of a Mumbai slumboy who rises from rags to riches with the help of the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” Slumdog Millionaire is a untypical melodrama film which we can hardly find these days.
The flashbacks in the film are related with the questions asked in the game show.Each question of the game show reveals the life of Jamal,his childhood,his bad luck,his love,his adolecense,etc..,.The realtion between Jamal and his brother Saleem, and his sweetheart Latika is wonderful.The way the story develops and the way it swings from the game show to the flashbacks is very good and the important part is the narration of the film which sticks to its target.
A meticulous viewer can find tht “Slumdog Millionaire” consists of all the ingredients which we find in a Bollywood film,it consists of flashbakcs of bad childhood,revenge,love,melodrama,money and the Happy Ending,but unlike the most of our Bollywood films it contains something extra to it and it is the contemplating narration attached to most of part of the film.There are many things which are hard to believe like the English language used by the brothers, Arvind(blind beggar) talking about Benjamin Franklin,cricketer who scored most number of first class centuries ? etc.. The film consists of overdose of few emotions and relations which Jamal shares with the other characters of the film.”Slumdog Millionaire” is at “42” in the IMDb’s list of top 250 films.Is “Slumdog Millionaire” a better film than Kubrick’s “The Shining” and “A Clockwork Orange”, Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” etc.. ?? I don’t think so.
Danny Boyle has done his home work very well when it comes to shooting of the film.The picturisation of the slum in the city like Mumbai,Train sequences,Taj Mahal ,Police Interrogation etc.. shows the true face poor India.He is obviously inspired from “Black Friday” for shooting the Mumbai Slum and the police chase and the other films which inspired Danny Boyle can be found here.The Cinematography of the film by “Anthony Dod Mantle” is amazing and not to forget the background music by A.R.Rahman for which he has won many awards.
One may find many loopholes in “Slumdog Millionaire” but what makes the viewer love “Slumdog Millionaire” is the charm, drama and the Final Impression which it imposes on the viewer and it stays even after the viewer comes out of the theatre.”Slumdog Millionaire” received overwhelming response across the world and got nominated for many awards and looks like it might get nominted for the oscars too.
I felt this question very tricky. “A picture of 3 Lions is seen in the national emblem of India.What is written underneath it?”
A : The Truth Alone Triumphs
B : Lies alone Triumphs
C : Fashion alone Triumphs
D : Money alone Triumphs
To whom the above question is asked?
This article was originally published on Passionforcinema.com