Director : Danny Boyle
Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy Novel : Vikas Swarup
One often faces a situation where most of his friends had seen a recent blockbuster and he hasn’t. He hears so much about the movie that when he does watch the film he ends up disappointed. Slumdog Millionaire isn’t such a movie. Because even after all the hype on the planet you’ll still love this flick.
The movie starts of like one of those consuming Mira Nair’s movies about the Mumbai slums, but, without ANY sorrow. It’s a chronicle of events which lead Jamal Malik (played by Dev Patel, Ayush Mahesh and Tanay Hemanth) to winning a lot of money in a KBC kind of game show. One of the most well worked upon departments of the film is casting. The kids and their grown up versions convinces everyone that there cannot be a better option than these people.
I have seen the movie with a person who had read the book (Q & A) from which the movie had been adapted and he believes that the movie had done great justice to the novel (which is hard to come by). The answers given by Jamal on the show is the plot. It’s about how a chaiwala (tea guy) knows the answers to some of the most difficult questions. This is where the film’s plot gets interesting. There had been some incidents in Jamal’s life because of which he knows those answers. And the way the screenplay takes you back to Jamal’s past is the film’s greatest strength.
30 minutes into the film one can easily know that this movie is making it to the Oscars this year. Even though the feature keeps moving back and forth from the past to the game show, you will never feel a pinch of the shift. And that’s where the makers have hit the home run; a smooth ride filled with a lot of captivating moments had always been the formula for a movie that lasts.
The sound of the film (composed by A.R.Rahman) is another add on to this movie with a potential of 5 to 6 Oscar nominations. Not just the tracks but also the way the live sounds sync into the film does capture one’s attention.
It is great fun to watch actors like Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor and others being a part of this Danny Boyle feature. But, think of it; a guy from Hollywood came in and made an outstanding movie about the Indian slum life and nowhere in the film is there a scene of total unreality. The director rarely makes use of what we refer to as ‘cinematic liberty’. Why can’t the Indian industry produce a project like this and with the kind of budgets Bollywood can afford now, this should be nothing.
Hope it happens in the future .