I am a kind of guy who does not have much interest in English movies. But some English movies have really pulled me towards it. Even some movies have kindled me to watch it again and again. One such movie is “Slumdog Millionaire”. To be honest, A R Rahman and the Golden Globe Award were the two factors that pulled me toward this film initially. The movie being filmed with India as backdrop might have been an unconscious pulling factor.
After watching the trailer and the song sequences in television, I thought of a story in my mind. But the movie started in a different way in a police station where the hero of the movie is being interrogated by a police officer. It would be a very good experience if you are unaware of anything about the film before watching it. But I was not able to get that experience as one of my friends told some story before.
The whole movie is nothing but a travelogue along the life of two little siblings (Salim – elder & Jamal – younger), aftermath a Hindu-Muslim riot, in which they lose their mother to death and gets a girl (latika) come into their life. The two brothers have different outlook about life and they try to live by their own ideologies. The elder goes behind money and power and younger goes behind love towards the girl who came into his life and hard work. The climax of the movies is the final destiny to which these two guys are destined to reach at.
I am really impressed by the way the screenplay has been set. Even we have seen this kind of screenplay of moving between present and past in Alaipayuthe and Virumandi, this one is quite impressive. With “Who wants to be a Millionaire (Kaun Banega Crorepati)” being set as the backstage for Jamal to search for his love, the movie tells us about how his real life experiences help him to answer the questions in the show. No mistakes were made in selecting the cast for this movie. Anil Kapoor, as show host and Irfan Khan, as police inspector has done justice to their roles. The two little boys are cute and smart.
I really wondered how could Danny Boyle, the director of British nationality not being lived in India could bring out the smell, flavor and soul of Mumbai, that too the negative side of it in the screen with such a reality. In some places, the director has conveyed certain things beautifully by action without telling it explicitly. For example, by using the Amitabh Bachan’s autograph sequence, he brought out the “Never Give Up” attitude of Jamal and “Anything for Money” attitude of Salim on screen, that too in an enjoyable comical style.
How could I leave out the legendary work of A R Rahman in this movie? He has done a brilliant job in bringing out the soul of the movie by his background score. The “Jai Ho” song delivers a great feeling of motivation and inspiration. As I have heard and got familiar with the music tracks before watching the film, it was a good feel to see it in visual. I’m sure that the felicitated Golden Globe Award and ‘going to be awarded’ Oscar are the ones that A R Rahman deserves to get. “Latika’s Theme, Dreams of Fire & Jai Ho” are my favorite tracks both to hear and see.
To say about my favorites in the movie, there are many. To be specific, the scene that shows how Jamal getting the autograph from Amitabh and the phone-a-friend call between Jamal and her girl Latika. It is a very important call for Jamal to get a very important answer in the show. But they both will do a chat rather than caring for answer. He will enquire about her whereabouts and she will say “I’m safe”. When she is asked for the answer by Anil Kapoor, She will simply say “I don’t know” with a very beautiful smile. It was so beautiful to watch this on screen.
Though this movie is an adaption of the Indian Novel “Q & A” by Vikas Swarup, it has been scripted, captured and told brilliantly rather than in documentary style, to cater all kinds of viewers. Overall this is a feel good movie with solid theme, tactical screenplay, beautiful narration and brilliant music. So with the hope that the movie and our ARR are destined to get awarded with the Oscars, let me wish them good luck and congrats…!