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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

In director Danny Boyle's rags-to-riches, Bollywood meets Hollywood fable and love story about a street orphan who won because: A: He cheated B: He's lucky C: He's a genius D: It is written. (all semi-truthful):

  • the intricate flashbacking and cross-cutting between the brutal torture and intense questioning by skeptical police inspector (Bollywood star Irrfan Khan) of arrested, 18 year-old orphaned, impoverished slumdog thief Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) - suspiciously accused of cheating (presumably due to his unsavory, lower-class background and occupation as an uneducated "chai wallah," or tea server)
  • his rising popularity in 2006 on the Indian version of the TV game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," as he answered each increasingly-more difficult and obscure question due to his life's experiences (answered coincidentally, chronologically) - until he was only one question away from winning the top prize of 20 million rupees
  • the vivid views of devastating poverty in the overcrowded, primitive slums, traffic-clogged streets and train stations of Mumbai
  • the scene of feces-covered Jamal acquiring the autograph of famous star Amitabh Bachchan
  • the malicious, treacherous and arrogant character of the on-air TV show host Prem Kumar (Indian star Anil Kapoor), who attempted to sabotage Jamal's success by feeding him the wrong answer
  • the ghoulish and disturbing scene in a sinister Dickensian orphanage where one talented singing child was deliberately blinded to serve as a beggar
  • the scenes in an Indian-located call center where customer service operatives were convincingly educated to fool callers
  • also, Jamal's life-long devotion to the female 'third musketeer' in his group (declared during a torrential rainstorm) - and his rescue of the beautiful yet unattainable (until the end) fellow slum orphan Latika (Freida Pinto as teen) - a semi-willing underworld concubine of an underworld gangster
  • their fairy-tale ending of a kiss ("This is our destiny") followed by the escapist song/dance performance of the Oscar-winning Best Original Song "Jai Ho" on a train station platform during the end credits


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