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Slumdog Millionaire: The Parallelism of Life in Slum Areas between India and Philippines

Updated on September 8, 2010
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The official poster of Slumdog Millionaire
The official poster of Slumdog Millionaire
Freida Pinto and Dev Patel (Photo courtesy of
Freida Pinto and Dev Patel (Photo courtesy of
Director Danny Boyle at the Oscars (Photo courtesy of
Director Danny Boyle at the Oscars (Photo courtesy of
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Indian version) (Photo courtesy of
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Indian version) (Photo courtesy of

The Movie and its Real Sense

It’s been a two-year delay for me when I decided to view the Academy Awardee for Best Picture movie entitled: Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle. I got my netbook and plugged in my separate DVD player and so, I was captivated by the movie from the beginning until the credits. I watched how the three protagonists, Samil and Jamal Malik and Lapita have grown up in the film of about two hours essaying their experiences in life.

Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it?

A. He cheated.

B. He’s lucky.

C. He’s a genius.

D. It is written.

The first scene was shown with Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) of Bombay (Mubai) India, being tortured (submerged in water and electric shock) by policemen asking why he knew all the answers and he reached the most-anticipated last question to win such price. He’s the first contestant of the night and the host couldn’t believe that he will reached the pinnacle of the show, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” in India.

Dubbed as the two musketeers in the slum area, the brothers Salim and Jamal Malik braved the danger playing cricket at the tarmac of India International Airport along with other children their age. Much to the detriment of police officers.

Jamal’s captors brought the taped recorded show and reviewed the questions one by one. The answers were based from the experiences Jamal had endured since childhood along with his brother Salim and his childhood love Lapita (Freida Pinto).

India, like the Philippines have many slum areas. Why people crowded the cities is because of the job opportunities and easy money. In both countries, beggars frequent the main thoroughfares of the cities. Many are involved in illegal activities. There are syndicates who use children to beg for alms; even, making them blind to gain pity from passersby. Other push illegal drugs or get involved in robbery and prostitution.

Religion was also depicted in the movie. India have many group of believers, like Hindu, Buddhist and Muslims (who are often drive away from their place).

The likes of Samil, Jamal and Lapita are hardened by the challenges of life in the slum area. But above all the oppression they endured, they still believe in brotherhood and love.

Slum areas are changed into high-rise buildings these days. It’s all business now. More and more people are relocated by the government and the promise of a new and more prosperous life is in the offing.

Slumdog Millionaire Trailer c/o FoxSearchlight

Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny) - Official Theme Song of Slumdog Millionaire c/o LegoMontageFilms

India Rising c/o gopiforchat

Slum areas in the Philippines (Photo courtesy of
Slum areas in the Philippines (Photo courtesy of
Slum areas in India (Photo courtesy of
Slum areas in India (Photo courtesy of

Between India and Philippines

The slum areas abound in these two countries. Although, India is fast becoming to become a formidable economic power in Middle Asia, the Philippines is yet to prove its worth in terms of economic stability.

These vicinities are becoming the eyesore in many key cities that developers and businessmen are making their plans to relocate people occupying those lands and convert it into a business zone and urban housing projects.

Displaced people who are coming to the cities for fast money and jobs end up in vacant lots, even living in garbage dump sites just to make amends and earn a living.

People who suffered due to natural disasters, like typhoons, floods, earthquakes and man-made ones, like pollution, fire, robbery or even slavery tried their luck in the thoroughfares of the business district just to pass the day.

Although, there are people's organizations and non-government organizations, like charities and foundations, who are ready to lend a helping hand; yet, they're not enough to sustain the good living condition of these poor people.

The governments of the two countries are concerned of their situations, but they should also help themselves. People who belong to the poverty line are aware of their conditions, too. If only there are more jobs to offer them a little comfort in life; to provide the basic needs of their, shelter, clothing and education.

Fast Facts about Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Format:Game show

Created by:David Briggs
Mike Whitehill
Steve Knight

Composer(s):Keith Strachan
Matthew Strachan

Country of origin:United Kingdom

Production Running time:30–120 minutes

Broadcast Original channel: ITV

Original run:4 September 1998 (1998-09-04) – present

It started as a radio promo called Cash Mountain in UK and end up as one of the most popular games in worldwide television shows.


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      3 years ago

      Muchas gracias, es interesante tu punto de vista, abre nuevos caminos. Me gusta ver películas en es genial, besos :*

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @SilentReed: Thanks for this meaningful insight. This is very true, since the elite will continue to amass wealth, much to the detriment of the masses.

    • SilentReed profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      That's the downside of macroeconomics where the only concern of the policy makers of the country is rapid expansion of industries which are own by the elite class with little thought for the masses whose lives these economic development is suppose to improve.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Arian Rey: Even I can't get enough of this movie. It is already a classic! Thanks for your insight!

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      Arian Rey 

      7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      This movie tells the true situation in a country like India, especially in slum areas. Poverty is rampant although, science and technological advantages spread like virus in the whole world.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Sweetsusieg: It will be a great relief and will ease your stress from doing hubs. Better prepare big bowl of popcorn and scented tissue paper. Happy viewing!!!

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      7 years ago from Michigan

      Gee, now I have to tear myself away from HubPages to watch this movie! Sounds very interesting.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You better see the movie, Sir Peter. I'm sure you'll appreciate how this film was made an touched so many hearts. Thanks for the hub-visit.

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      Peter Dickinson 

      7 years ago from South East Asia

      Interesting hub. I have yet to see the movie though I came close a time or two. I have however seen the starving poor in both India and the Philippes. Both have touched my heart and soul and I have learned from them. Thanks for putting this together.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: Fancy meeting you here?! Thanks for gracing this hub. The movie is all about life and all the issues presented are very real.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Attaboy, sailor. You'll cry because of love. I tell you.

    • earthbound1974 profile image


      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I think, I'll buy the DVD film first. I'm sure my daughter will be enamored with the main characters. She's a real tearjerker when it comes to watching feel-good movies. Thanks, travel man.

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      7 years ago from Seven Seas

      I better watched it first, the film. Your synopsis entices me to the challenge. Thanks, travel man.


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