It's the moment of truth in the studio of India's smash hit TV show 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' as a young orphan from the slums of Mumbai finds himself on the verge of winning 20 million rupees!
Definitely not the Bollywood some may expect, 'Slumdog Millionaire' captures both sides of the Indian rupee. Although overall it is a heartwarming tale of (literally) rags to riches and of love conquering all, underneath, it explores some of the darker depths of India. From the organised begging to the failed family ties, the focus on these depths mean even an ardent fan of somewhat darker cinema could be won over. They also emphasise the positivity of the film, an idea that is encapsulated within the antithesis of the title.
Thankfully, it steers clear of the usual look at racist attitudes toward people from the Middle East and, instead, shows a modern-day fairytale and one that bares more than a few teeth.
Slumdog Millionaire is a great movie full of amazing colour, energy and spirit - hugely enjoyable!
The film is so much more than you expect - it works as a piece of pure entertainment but so much more too. The music is superb, but then it is by A. R. Rahman which in itself is recommendation enough.
The plot is mainly fast paced and challenging making you take it in. It isn't the normal mindless pap but it is a film to challenge your view of India and to make you sit up and watch every minute. It finished so quickly despite being quite a long film! I Loved it ***** from me!
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This Mumbai-set, rags-to-possible riches tale, co-directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan, was the winner of eight Oscars at the 2009 Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is an 18-year-old street kid from the slums of Mumbai. So what is he doing appearing on the Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'? How can a young man from his background of poverty have acquired the knowledge to be only one correct answer away from winning 20 million rupees? With only one more question to be asked, however, the dream turns to nightmare. As the hooter sounds to signal the end of the show, Jamal is arrested and accused of cheating. No-one can believe that he could really know all of the answers he has given. As Jamal tells the story of his life to the police, the reasons for his success begin to appear. Will Jamal be freed to hear the final question and, if so, will he know the answer?
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Today is the biggest day in Jamal Malik's life. A Penniless, eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, he's one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, suddenly, he is arrested on suspicion of cheating. After all, how could an uneducated street kid possibly know so much? Determined to get to the bottom of Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector spends the night probing Jamal's incredible past, from his riveting tales of the slums where he and his brother Salim survived by their wits to his hair-raising encounters with local gangs to his heartbreak over Latika, the unforgettable girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out... The result is the sweeping, stylish, intoxicatingly human experience of Slumdog Milliomaire, the new film from acclaimed director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Millions, 28 Days Later, Sunshine). Part exhilarating love story, part eye-catching journey into the underbelly of the so-called "maximum city" of Mumbai, part stirring tale of an Everyman's triumph against a harsh, cynical world, Slumdog Millionaire is a visceral, action-packed Dickensian epic for the 21st Century. At the heart of its exhuberant storytelling lies the the intriguing question of how anyone comes to know the things they know about life and love.