The last weekend was fulfilling. Watched Slum Dog Millionaire at a friend’s place. I was wondering why this movie became a hit. What had Danny Boyle directed, that attracted so much applause? The answer was apparent after I watched the much awaited SDM. Here goes my review…..
The movie revolves around three people – Jamal Malik (our slum hero), his elder brother – Salim Mailk (the would be gangster) and Lathika (Jamal’s love interest). All of these forced by unspeakable incidents, get entangled in a complex maze designed by destiny. As the movie opens, we find a grown up Jamal (played by Dev Patel) is manhandled by the police (played by Irfan Khan) regarding his participation in the ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ contest. The story unfolds gradually as we find that this ‘not an educated’ Jamal has actually answered all questions correctly in a ‘kaun banega crorepati’ show that arouses doubt of fraud embroilment in the manipulative host of the show (played by Anil Kapoor). So, as the police kick start their interrogation, the whole plot unravels! As scenes swap between Jamal’s present and his past, every question that he answered in the show has been in someway connected to the puzzling events that have profiled his life for so long. On a solemn note, Danny has made a stupendous attempt at portraying certain harsh realities of slum life and also the prevailing good will and undying hope that the future will be good no matter what!
The BGM for this movie by AR Rehman has clearly sealed the fact that he is now one untouchable hare in the world of music and is now going out of reach for his competitors. Kudos to Danny Boyle for having directed such a wonderful movie for which every penny is worth it!