Slumdog Millionaire



On February 22, 2009, the film won eight out of ten Academy Awards it was nominated for, including the Best Picture and Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Original Song (two songs were nominated from the film; “Jai Ho” won the award), losing only Best Sound Editing to The Dark Knight. It is only the eighth film ever to win eight Academy Awards. Directed by Danny Boyle, who brought us Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine – there were some high expectations. In short, its a movie about 3 kids who grew up in the slumps of Mumbai, separated and reunited later in their adulthood. 

It’s the Bollywood entry to what “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” was for Taiwan. Was it good? Sure, it won so many awards – I had to say so. But really, I enjoyed the scenes with those kids more than those of their adulthood. Can’t blame them because most of the time, you have a Slumdog (street kid) on tv for the first time in a show watched by millions. With not the intention to win, but hoping that the girl of his life is watching. 

It shows a glimpse of the slumps in India many Bollywood films shudder to portray. There were no usual dancing around a coconut tree and rolling in the garden as one would expect during the movie – just at the very end when the credits starts to roll as a tribute to the genre by the Director. 

Watching the kids growing up in a 2-hour movie, you’ll feel for them throughout the struggles later on in the movie – but somehow, I felt that the performance by the adults paled in comparison. In real life, the kid actors do live in the slumps and there were some controversies regarding the payment and trust funds set-up for their education by the film makers. Azharuddin Ismail (who played Salim as a child) was paid £1,700 and Rubina Ali (who played Latika as a child) £500 for a month’s work on the film – equivalent to three times the amount of an average annual salary for an adult living in their neighborhood. 

Slumdog Millionaire is refreshing, different and a must-watch movie amongst such rubbish as Doubt starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman which was nominated for five Academy Awards – undoubtedly won nothing. I want refund on my time wasted on Doubt. A pointless movie made with famed actors as a shot to win an award. It has no heart and soul, just Academy Awards Best-Actor-Best-Actress Wannabe slap across every scene with both actors.

Slumdog Millionaire might be your first “Bollywood” movie, endure the first 15 mins and you’ll be in for some great performances by the kid actors who played Jamal and Latika. Watch our for them. Brilliant!


1 Response to “Slumdog Millionaire”

  1. 1 zirconic March 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    That ‘Jai Ho’ soundtrack kinda catchy and fun! Kinda enjoy listening to it.

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