What happens when three of words best meet together? One of the worlds largest slum [Mumbai Slums] + One of worlds largest film making industry [Bollywood] + One of the worlds biggest game show [Who wants to be a Millionaire] = Slumdog Millionaire. Along with these biggies the movie boost to have ace technicians and mix breed of new and veterans actors who makes the movie bit under the buzz. But sometimes too much of anything becomes bit wrong too. Will it happen the same way in “Slumdog Millionaire” or are we going to witness a new style in Indian cinema. Let’s find out.
“Slumdog Millionaire” is story of Jamal Malik [Ayush Mahesh Khedekar / Tanay Chheda / Dev Patel], a tea server in a multinational BPO. He is just one question away to become a millionaire in the T.V game “Who wants to be a Millionaire” hosted by Prem Kumar [Anil Kapoor]. But the moment he comes out from the game is arrested by cops [Irfan Khan & Saurabh Shukla] as they doubt of some cheating or else how come a boy who comes from slums of Mumbai answer such tough questions. In interrogation they come to know how Jamal Malik had answered all the questions asked to him, which were somehow based as per real happenings in his life. He also shares his story which feature his brother Salim [Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail / Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala / Madhur Mittal] and his love interest Latika [Rubiana Ali / Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar / Freida Pinto]. Does the cop's believe in him? Does he actually win the game or was it something else? It’s what to be viewed and find out.
Story of this film is based on a novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swaroop, but beautifully adapted for its film version. The screenplay is so tight and interesting that you don’t feel like missing out any scene in the movie. The blend of question-answers and real incident in Jamal’s life are superb. There are hardly any loose ends in the script for the viewers to think or get confused, thus they end up enjoying the film as it flows. Editing is of top notch. Cinematography is superb and the camera man succeeds in capturing the slum and low level society of India beautifully. They have shot exactly what a foreigner wants to see in India [Slums, Poverty, Bollywood, Goons, Trains and of course the Taj Mahal].
A.R.Rahman’s Music is superb and goes with the film. He is truly the top Indian Music Director of today’s generation and maybe for next many many years. Along with his main songs “Jai Ho” and others, it’s the background score which is excellent and makes the movie livelier.
Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan have made a perfect combo of their experiences. Danny with the whole concept and technical issues and on other hand Loveleen has done a great job with portraying the reality of low levels of India. Their way of story telling, character formation, flow of the film, etc is fantastic. What dint work for me was the way movie diverts from Hindi Speaking to English Speaking. If it’s an English movie than it does not mean it has to be in English only. There are so many other movies based in non English speaking countries made by Hollywood makers have kept the same languages. Even if the makers would had kept the movie in total English it would had been still fair, but this combo of two languages does not work in favor of the film at all and is a big big negative point.
On performance basis all the three characters that have played Jamal, Salim and Latika are fantastic. [Kudos to the casting director] but special mention to Ayush and Dev Patel as Jamal, Azharuddin and Ashutosh lobo as Salim and Rubina along with Freida as Laitka have done great job. Anil Kapoor has showed his screen presence as Prem Kumar the Host. Irfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla, Mahesh Manjrekar and others are fine and have done their part perfectly.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hain dum ?
Well Dum to bahut hain and since its releasing so late in India we have seen its power in other countries. Still considering the Indian audience and the concept the film has good potential to work in India. You never know in between big bollywood releases this underdog Hollywood cum bollywood film makes the same impact out here as it has made everywhere around the world.
Ratings: 3.5 of 5