Slumdog Millionaire - is the movie now in news for receiving so many awards. I am also finding a lot of Indians are excited about the achievements by the movie. I personally found this very unfortunate. The movie depicts extreme poverty, communalism, criminals, immoral activities by
an unfortunate group of people in Mumbai. While there is nothing wrong in showing so called "reality", I must say in some part the story exaggerates the "reality".
The movie is bad from starting from its name. Those who live in slum or born as poor do not need to be dogs. This is derogatory and low in use.
The movie showed struggle in Jamal's life but his success out of that struggle was limited in being a chaiwala in some BPO office. His success in the millionaire show is absolutely coincidental and and related to his past life in a different way. The movie could have been interesting if he could have reached a different level of success after a long struggle and survival through challenges of being deprived of the basic rights a citizen should have - food, health and education.
I remember a Bengali movie "Koni" which depicted a poverty struck young swimmer who was helped by her coach and she could become a champion. A great example of what motivation, courage and effort can help one to achieve even after uncountable non-cooperation from the society, from the system, from the authorities.
This could be an expectation mismatch for me but I did not find the material what I was looking for in Slumdog. The movie is gross in places. It was hard for me to watch few scenes.
However the songs were enjoyable. Jai ho and ringa-ringa are good compositions.