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Slumdog Millionaire Review

Updated on January 4, 2011

Slumdog Millionaire is nominated for Oscar for best picture along with other categories this year.  Read about the movie's release, review and why it is so much talked about worldwide. Slumdog Millionaire is a movie based in Mumbai India. The storyline is about a teen age boy named Jamal from the slums of India and how he manages to become a celebrity in the game show "Who wants to be a Millionaire" hosted by Anil Kapoor.

Slumdog Millionaire movie Anil Kapoor
Slumdog Millionaire movie Anil Kapoor

Slumdog Millionaire, a movie directed by Danny Boyle, was released on Nov 12, 2008 (Wednesday) in select cities across the world, one of them being New York and also in Toronto. It is getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike and the producers are counting on word of mouth to sell the movie. Slumdog Millionaire will soon be released in some more major cities and then worldwide release following. The movie conveys the life in Mumbai, India very realistically. The crux of the story is how a poor teenage boy from the slums of Mumbai became a contestant of the Indian version of "Who Wants to be A Millionaire?", why he entered the competition and what happens when is one question away from the million dollars. Police arrest him on suspicion of cheating saying that how can a little teen from slums know so much.

Each page of the "Slumdog Millionaire" story tells the key to the answer to one of "Who wants to be a millionaire" questions. Each chapter of the teen's life reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes.

I have written a short hub on Slumdog Millionaire movie review and Slumdog Millionaire music review.

Danny Boyle, born in 1956, is an English director and film producer, and has given critically acclaimed movies like Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine. His latest release is the movie Slumdog Millionaire, which was released on Nov 12, 2008. Danny Boyle directed his first feature film "Shallow Grave", a low budget movie and it got good success. His next movie was "Trainspotting" which was based on the novel by Irvine Welsh. "Trainspotting" was both commercially successful and is among the most influential and iconic British films of the 1990s.

Here's my little Slumdog Millionaire review from what I have learnt.

Slumdog Millionaire is framed with an interesting narrative script that centers around a teenage boy named Jamal. The teen is being interrogated for cheating. The police cannot believe that a "slumdog" teenage boy from the slums of Mumbai could possibly have known the answers to the questions on the Indian version of the "Who wants to be a millionaire" show. How did a teenage boy who was brought up in the slums of Mumbai surrounded by piles of garbage and waste know answers to questions like which US president is on the American dollar bill, or who invented the revolver? Director Danny Boyle takes us back through the teen's life to show the audience the mean-streets of Mumbai and the education he received and how he gained all the knowledge to answer the questions correctly. Very interesting indeed.

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor plays the role of Regis Philbin in the Hindi version of the game show as the narcissistic host Prem Kumar. He tries to end the show by coaxing the teen boy to take the money and not continue. What he does not know is that the teen is not there for the money. There is a nice love story in the center of it all. Lots of well etched out characters make the movie more enjoyable.

Without giving everything away, I want to end this hub with the note that this is a movie worthwhile watching. There is sadness and tragedy in Slumdog Millionaire, but there is also humor, humanity, heart touching moments and a respect for talent.

Some of the quotes from the audience:

"Slumdog Millionaire is just the sort of rags-to-riches yarn that turns Academy voters' heads."

"Pure movie magic -- pulsing with life, oozing authenticity and so drunk on romance that it simply has to end with an exuberant musical number."

"Slumdog Millionaire is skillful entertainment, with the simple message that the most intense life experiences yield the greatest education. "

"Slumdog Millionaire features the simplest story Boyle has ever told, which may explain why its many pleasures are so pure. "

Slumdog Millionaire got many applauses at the Toronto Film Festival this year.


Slumdog Millionaire screenshot
Slumdog Millionaire screenshot

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Slumdog Millionaire Music

The King of Indian Music, Mr. A.R. Rahman has scored the music for Slumdog Millionaire movie. Usually AR Rahman takes about 6 months or even one whole year to do music for a Indian film. He has so much praise for the director Danny Boyle saying "Danny Boyle is a good human being". genuinely. AR RAhman says he completed Slumdog Millionaire music in just 2 weeks after two months of heavy duty planning work with the Director. The soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire entirely depicts the mood of the story. He did not make it more about India or Indian culture. He has made Slumdog Millionaire music so generic saying this same story can happen anywhere as the game show "Who wants to be a millionaire" is everywhere , say for example China or Brazil.

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      Hasan Shabbir 

      8 years ago

      Fantastic movie but no such story as such and the movie's finishing is not so good compared to other movies.

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      9 years ago from White Plains, NY

      GREAT movie. I loved everything about it and was enthralled by India. Fantastic -- I hope it wins the Oscar.

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      9 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I saw Slumdog Millionaire 2 weeks ago and loved it. I laughed, I cried and I learned a few things. Thanks for the hub.


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