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Slumdog Millionaire-Movie Review 01/12/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Drama, Indian language film, Movies, Romance.

Slumdog Millionaire (Indian) 2008

Among many other awards and nominations:
Winner of 8 Academy Awards (nominated for 10) including Best Picture and Best Director
Winner, 7 BAFTA Awards (nominated for 11)
Winner, 4 Golden Globes

Adapted from the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup
Directed by Danny Boyle and co-directed by Loveleen Tandan
Starring Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto, and Madhur Mittal

Jamal Malik (Patel) grew up with his brother Salim (Mittal) in horrendous conditions in the slums of Mumbai. As an adult, Jamil has a chance to reconnect with Latika (Pinto), the girl he always loved, when he appears on the show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Magically, the difficult questions asked by the show’s host (Kapoor) have already been answered through events in Jamal’s life. Suspicions of cheating are aroused, however, and we come to know Jamal’s story through the police interrogation that results.

Despite some very harsh scenes throughout, the film does have a positive ending as well as a joyous dance scene that takes place during the credits.

Along with the many accolades, there has also been a fair amount of criticism regarding the film, mostly concerning its portrayal of India’s poverty and the post-production treatment of the children who played the main characters at younger ages.

120 min. Rated R.



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