Slumdog millionaire

#1
A bit overlong and slow moving in parts, but still a good film. Jamal is a young man who grew up in the slums of Mombai along with his gangster brother Salim. Early on, Hindis go on a rampage and kill Muslims, including Jamal's mother. By a strange quirk of fate, he eventually ends up on the Indian programme "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and, because he contiunues to know the answers, is taken away to be be tortured - as it is assumed he must be cheating.

During the interogation, he reveals through flashbacks, how he came to know the answers to the questions - mostly through chance happenings in Mombai's ghettoes and criminal underworld. There is a underlying love story also, (that doesn't get in the way of the main story, thankfully) and this turns out to be Jamal's motivation for going on the programme.
 
#2
The doris dragged me off to see this a few weeks ago. I must say I was not overly enthralled by the prospect of watching something which was 50% subtitled, and therefore went grudgingly.

However, I was pleasantly surprised. It was funny in places*, not too much emphasis on the romance and generally easy watching... which is good work by the writers/director, given some of the subject matter.

Give it a shot.


*The image of the little kid covered in shite will stay with me for a while :D
 
#3
I thought it was good too. Been to Mumbai many times and it was certainly 'evocative'
 

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#4
I know Mumbai fairly well (both my regular hotels were recently in the news). I look forwards to catching this movie.

Was it from the same guy who did the 2 Sao Paulo gangster movies? Children of God and ???
 
#5
Danny Boyal lived next door to my gran. sorry my claim to fame had to get that in.
 

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