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Slumdog Millionaire

on March 3, 2009

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I just watched Slumdog Millionaire last night, and I can’t help but to write something about it. Watching the film is a wholesome movie experience. It is amazing how a simple plot of rags to riches story can captivate a million of viewers. It is a deeply moving story with a pretty different way of storytelling.

Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal, a poor, uneducated Indian, unlikely “slumdog”, who joined India’s version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. It narrates how he knew the answer to all of the questions in the contest, and basically the reason why he joined the show. It’s actually a love story between Jamal and Latika, how they got separated and found each other in the end. But more than just a love story, this is a heartfelt movie that encompassed love, hatred, happiness, sadness, hope, failure, friendship, and kinship. The action is fast-paced, realistic, and yet entirely intriguing and amazing.

I must say that this film is daring. Daring in a sense of how it show the extreme poverty in India. The riots, prostitution, child labor, traffic jams, street children & other parts of life’s reality in a third world country like India. Although the director does not shy away to show the nastier, harsher side of life on the streets in Mumbai’s desperately impoverished slums; it is the feel-good factor of the film that makes the biggest impression. The winning blend of innocence and optimism of Jamal is an additional color to its character.

What capture me with this film is the sensitive color of cinematography. The film took an expedition through the vibrant, vast, colorful ghetto shacks and struggling humanity. I don’t like much the dialogs of the film, it has some jarring dialogs which make it harder to understand the lines they were throwing. It is not also clear how the characters know how to speak English knowing that they were brought up in a slum area, where there is no English language used.

The main point of the story is the power or importance of experience. Experiences in life will teach you more than what you learn from education. Jamal Malik may not know everything, but he has a memory filled with other sorts of trivia that prove to be useful. It is the trivia and the experiences that have made him who he is.

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