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Friday, January 30, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

This is a story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out...

I super heart this film. Magnificent movie from the brilliant Danny Boyle. Great cinematography, superb musical scoring ( amazing Indian remix and so upbeat ),beautiful...beautiful plot.

I liked how Danny Boyle was able to execute a chaotic scene so clearly he put, frame by frame ,India's economic problem and how one can turn into a delinquent or still live up to the morals as one heed to the call of survival.

Some of my more fave scenes includes a young Jamal who dive into a small pool of 'poop' ,still managed to save a pic of his fave actor, for an autograph-gross but still cutely done.=) I also like the chase scenes, Jamal and his brother Salim plus their other friends running away from the police and their exodus to another place leaving Mumbai. Another touching scene was when Jamal met a blind child- Jamal could have shared the same fate had they not escaped the hands of their captives. Of course, it is not an Indian film if the cast don't dance..lolz..they did at the film's credit.

The youngest(Ayush Mahesh Khedekar), middle ( Tanay Chedda ) and the older Jamal ( Dev Patel) gave superb acting. It's not surprising that Dev Patel won numerous acting awards for his acting.

Boyle's film is a cinematic rollercoaster ride. Above all a romance, it is played out in a world where social, economic and political issues are never far away. This flick once again proved that
doing what is right is rewarded and the good always end up victorious.

Definitely a movie to watch..This is the next great film after " The Kite Runner".
Slumdog Millionaire is 5 stars!

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