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.

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Brimful dreams…

Omnipresent. Omnipresent is a beautiful word and is aptly used as an adjective for God. In India too, God is Omnipresent, but in a more literal way… There are 330 Million gods and goddesses in India. Let me say that again… There are 330 Million Gods & Goddesses in India. One of the jokes doing the rounds during my childhood was that the reason behind India having as many Gods & Goddesses is that the country is functioning on the blessings of them since politician only politicize, don’t act. 🙂 This was just the prelude for the real story…


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