A beautifully scripted and directed movie. The concept was unique and the realism, specially in the way, the childhood scenes were depicted, was excellent. The child artistes were natural and their portrayal extremely real.
Yes, the movie does show the dark and poor side of India, I would have been the first to be put off if it was showcasing India in a poor light to pander to the Western audience. However, I did not get any sense of the same. The director was true to the story that he was telling and it flowed naturally. The scenes, gory and dark in places, were essential to the storyline.
A few things jarred, Jamal's accented 'Yes' (Dev Patel) on the show, was very non Dharavi/ slum in origin, Frieda Pinto was just a shade too pretty (read capped and polished teeth) and polished for her role and the demeanor of the host of such a popular show, Prem Kumar (Anil Kapoor) towards a contestant , too politically incorrect to ring true, in today's day and age.
It was the children in the movie and the young adults who really stole the show rather than the adults.
The movies stays back with you and when you reach home, you play many scenes and choices made in the movie in your own imagination, grappling with the answers you get.... challenging some and understanding some.
A movie which is entertaining (Love Jai Ho and the credits which come on in true Hindi film ishtyle in the end) as well as food for thought, and definitely worth a watch.