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Slumdog Millionaire

Directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan, Slumdog Millionaire is the story of 18 year-old Jamal Malik (Patel), a poor orphan soul living in slums of Mumbai, who is in for the greatest experience of his life – make it millionaire experience. Participating in India¹s biggest game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” he makes it till the last question, just one question away from winning 20 million rupees. With the whole nation’s eyes gripped on the TV sets and heart racing forth, Jamal is only one correct question away from hitting the jackpot. But when the show breaks for the night, police takes him into custody, suspecting he’s a fraud who has gotten every answer correct through cheating. It’s strange for anyone to believe that how come a street kid could be aware of so much, without seeking any formal education? Jamal is innocent, and desperately attempts to make everyone believe in his ingenuousness. He begins with telling the story of his life from the slum where he and his brother grew up, playing on the streets, living an adventurous life on the road, of fierce encounters with a bunch of hooligans, and of his lost love, Latika. Every aspect of his story discloses the explanation to the answer to each question of the game show. Seeing Jamal's life journey to this point ultimately answers these questions and justifies his innocence. But, then how come he has ended up on a game show, without any desires or big aims in life?

With the new day at the game, the viewers’ anticipation grows. Jamal is back on the show and has given the answer to the final question. Sixty million people are backing Jamal, including the Inspector who is anxiously waiting for the host (played by Bollywood’s famous actor Anil Kapoor) to disclose the final answer. Surprisingly, Jamal wins, but just not the game, his love Latika as well.

Dev Patel, who played Jamal’s character is on the brink of success and hardly believes how astounding 2009 has turned out for him. But this is just not it. There is still more to come, especially with the Oscars on the way.



Comments (3)

February 11th, 2009 08:57 AM by Anonymous

GREAT MOVIE!, shows the true picture of india and the problems of the lowest cadre of people in india, which by the way are many.

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February 12th, 2009 03:01 AM by adnan

Good movie but the reviewer didnt not cover the whole elements of the movie like its music and the screenplay aswell as the acting of young boys which is awesome.

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February 18th, 2009 07:05 AM by Carpetbagger

Nicely done by the reviewer, very well written. However the movie didn't meet the expectations of viewers as two big names are behind it, SRK and Priyadarshan.

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