It’s Written… :D

I remember the first time I saw it. Slumdog Millionaire that is.

I am sure you know about Slumdog Millionaire right? NO? Where the Hell have you BEEN, my friend? Stop yanking my chain! Ofcourse you know about it.


Slumdog Millionaire inspires aweJamal, Latika, Slumdog Millionaire and is truly a great movie and well-deserving of all the accolades it’s received this awards season.  I highly recommend it, with one very strong caveat — you must have a very strong constitution to view this film, especially Indians.  Several scenes depicting the conditions in the poorest parts of India are absolutely awful to watch, especially early in the movie. For the average Indian who thinks that nationality lies in making sure that the other side of ‘shining India’ is not seen, the scenes are not very palatable.

Director Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Trainspotting) does a masterful job handling an intense subject and the young Indian actors make the most of their performances.  But it’s the writer, a British guy named Simon Beaufoy who has adapted a novel by Vikas Swarup, who shines.  Slumdog Millionaire opens with a police inspector in Mumbai aggressively interrogating Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), a former street child. Jamal is a contestant on the game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati (the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?), hosted by Prem Kumar (noted Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor). Jamal has made it to the final question, but the police are now accusing him of cheating.

Jamal then begins to offer an explanation of how he knew the answers which is conveyed as a series of flashbacks documenting the particulars of his childhood. It’s a really cool setup, executed brilliantly, as young Jamal’s life goes from living in a deplorably overcrowded trash-filled slum to much worse conditions after an assault on the slum he resides in during religious riots in Mumbai.  Riveting, exceptionally written scenes are wrought through these flashbacks, building up in intensity as the present-day questions get harder and the interrogation continues to escalate.

Much of the movie focuses on the relationship between Jamal, his brother Salim, and a young girl they help escape the assault on their locality, named Latika.  The characters are played at three different ages by nine different actors, these characters navigate the world of hardened Indian slums both together and apart and, at times, at odds with one another.  The later part of the movie focuses on Jamal’s attempts to reunite with Latika, who he believes is his true love, even after she is forced into prostitution (and worse) during her early teen years.

There are some twists toward the end that I won’t reveal here, but that help the movie come to a natural and satisfying conclusion.  I’m not sure it’s the best movie I’ve seen, but it’s in the discussion and I definitely recommend a viewing or more.


On a more personal note: Slumdog Millionaire is a story of the journey to destination. It’s not predecided. It’s written, but you are a part of a bigger scheme of things that happen. A story of Happiness, Love, Desire, Sin, Hate, Luck, Priorities, Money, and The Three Musketeers. I am sure that now I will remember the third musketeer all my life.

This is one of the perfect example of ‘rags to riches’. Dev Patel wins the ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ and is slated to become a Millionaire in real life as well. Money & Frieda Pinto, a combo offer no one can refuse. I am open to act FOR FREE in Slumdog Millionaire – II, if it ever comes to be made.

Anybody?… I am waiting. 🙂

Moving on to the music… The awards say it all… Rahman’s score won a 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.

  1. “O… Saya” performed by A. R. Rahman, M.I.A.
  2. “Riots” by A. R. Rahman
  3. “Mausam & Escape” by A. R. Rahman
  4. Paper Planes# performed by M.I.A.
  5. “Paper Planes (DFA Remix)” performed by M.I.A.
  6. “Ringa Ringa” by A. R. Rahman featuring Alka Yagnik, Ila Arun
  7. “Liquid Dance” by A. R. Rahman featuring Palakkad Sriram, Madhumitha
  8. “Latika’s Theme” by A. R. Rahman featuring Suzanne D’Mello
  9. “Aaj Ki Rat”#2 performed by Sonu Nigam, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Alisha Chinai
  10. “Millionaire” by A. R. Rahman featuring Madhumitha
  11. “Gangsta Blues” by A. R. Rahman featuring BlaaZe, Tanvi Shah
  12. “Dreams on Fire” by A. R. Rahman featuring Suzanne D’Mello
  13. “Jai Ho” by A. R. Rahman featuring Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalakshmi Iyer

2009 Golden Globe Awards kitty of Slumdog Millionaire


Controversy raked up by Slumdog Millionaire – Read all about it!

Look at the Trivia on Slumdog Millionaire.

If you have forgotten… I am still waiting for my own Slumdog Millionaire story… Because Love does conquer all…


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