Sunday, 25 January 2009

Movie Review: Slumdog Millionaire: Riveting, Gripping Storytelling

The; just the gist of it…

A young illiterate man who sells tea at a call centre in Mumbai is a participant in the popular TV game show - Who wants to be a millionaire? He is one answer short of winning 2 million rupees, when the police pick him up on charges of cheating.

How did a man who grew up in the slums know the answers? The incredible story of Jamaal is depicted with cynical humour, great assurance and control by director Danny Boyle and co-director Loveleen Tandan.

The tale of cruelty, lust, greed, love, human decay and fate unravels like an exciting jigsaw puzzle in the background of filth and dust-ridden Mumbai. Endearing performances by the cast, a creatively rich and rocking background score by A R Rahman, all add up to make a fantastic movie. 

Cinematic Liberty?
There is no credible explanation as to why Jamaal and Salim speak such good English; can be attributed to the international production.Oscar or no Oscar, Slumdog Millionaire is an unforgettable experience on the 70mm screen.

Dev Patel is Jamaal

Frieda Pinto plays Latika, Jamaal's lost love
"How did you do it?" asks the Police Inspector, played by Irrfan Khan

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