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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.. Slumdog Style

by wolviela (writer), Los Angeles, November 30, 2008

A review on Slumdog Millionaire

The name of the title is atrocious, but definitely gets your attention.

For those of my readers who have been to Bombay, sorry I refuse to say Mumbai you will watch this movie with different eyes than those who have not.

Unfortunately, Fox Searchlight pictures and the directors of this film are not far off in the capturing the life and people of Bombay. Someone over there must have watched Salaam Bombay!, before attempting this film and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the children used in this film were actually from the slums of Bombay. If so, good for them and I hope they were compensated.

The premise of this film is that a young boy, goes on the show, Crorepati Millionaire. Yes, that is the Indian version of who Wants To Be a Millionaire. Unfortunately, the fact that he is a chai walia(tea getter), and from the slums, apparently automatically makes him an uneducated child. The sad part is that many of the scences depicted in this movie are very true and sad.

The story takes you on the journey of how he gets all the way to the top and the assumptions that people of  "importance" make. Anil Kapoor and Irfhan Khan do an excellent job and I'm pleased to see that they have made the transition to the American market fairly well. Khan, has already been in a few movies made by what I consider indepent or smaller studios. He plays the father of Kal Penn (from Harold and Kumar) in The Namesake, and an inspector in the biographicla picture of Daniel Pearl movie.

The movie takes you through many emotions and for many the lesson should be watch, listen and observe before you make judgements of a person.

So if you want a movie that makes you think and inspires you to try to do some good, especially given what has happened in the recent events of Bombay, check this out.



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