I don’t normally go to movies, preferring to buy DVDs and watching it in the comfort of my home (and sofa). However, after seeing the reviews and trailers of this movie, I persuaded my girl friend to catch the show and I was not disappointed. It is an EXCELLENT movie, and also has great music from the famous Indian composer, A. R. Rahman.
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is a British film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Simon Beaufoy. It is based on the book ‘Q and A’ by Vikas Swarup. This movie has won heaps of awards in Europe and North America.
Shot mostly in Mumbai (Bombay), SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is the story of Jamal Malik (played by Dev Patel), 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 a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" Anil Kapoor plays the comperé of the game show.
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 to the police inspector (played by Irrfan Khan) where he and his brother Salim (Mathur Mittal) grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika (Freida Pinto), the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to each one of the game show’s questions, including scenes of obtaining the autograph of the famous Bollywood star Amitabh Bachan (ironically, he is the actual host of ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ in India); the death of his mother during an anti-Muslim raid on the slums, and how he and his brother Salim befriended the orphaned girl, Latika. To say more would be giving away the plot of this beautiful movie.
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE had a limited release in Australia and opened on 18 December 2008. So, try to catch the movie whilst you can. Check out the trailer below.