Expect the Unexpected...

Author: Basav // Category:
It is 1:30 AM, I just finished watching Slumdog Millionare along with my wife. It short fell of our expectations, probably because of the huge media hype. It was like any other "good" movie. Nothing great ....

This left me wondering on "what" could have been that captured the minds of UK, USA etc. so much that it won all the nominated Golden Globe awards.

I started thinking...

There have been many similar kind of Indian films where producers have cashed on the Mumbai slums,depicting their pathetic, miserable lifestyle. SM is also on the similar lines, only exgerrating much more than Indian cinemas, which I think, resulted to have a very very deep effect on the Westerners. Some of the scenes are heartbreaking - like the one where a kids' eye is "scooped" out with a hot spoon.Blind kids earn more by begging. The other sick scene where the child artist (protagonist) jumps in pit of shit and comes out. Yuck.. Indians have difficulty to stomach such scenes, I don't know how Westerners accepted. Probably they felt that the director is portraying the truth.

The storyline is exciting. Each question unfolding one chapter of Jamals' life. Jamal is the main character who is born in a Mumbai slum, deeply in love with Latika, another orphan raised in slum. Jamal is persistent in getting his love not even hesitating to fight with his brother, who has grown up to be thug. Basically, it is love story, slum life, Mumbai life, underground life and the Q&A of "Who wants to be Millionare" show that builds the excitement. As I said earlier, the storyline is exciting - but not mind-blowing.

Having said that, nevertheless, the movie is very well directed, excellent screenplay, technically brilliant (all the slum scenes are so realistically shot that you forget that it is a movie). Also the fact that this has been directed by a British director, it has more visibility and hence a larger audience. This also contributes to the success of the movie.

I'm still wondering on the "what" - forget it - I think sometimes that SM just got little lucky to get all those awards and the attention.

Shortly it is releasing in India in Hindi language. I don't know whether it will appeal to Indians as it did across the world.

Anyway, It was an amazing experience watching the movie. Wishing SM all the success for Oscars.

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