WiredPRNews.Com — The four Golden Globe winner, Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” swept the Oscars, winning eight awards. The movie takes audiences to the poorest sections of India and shows a level of poverty and human misery that’s almost beyond our imaginations and yet so pervasive that people seem to take it in, as a consistent fact. The movie gives education as to how people live their lives in India.The story is about Jamal and his elder bossy brother Salim, from their childhood to adulthood. Their life in the slums of Mumbai and their hard events in life from getting an autograph of Amitabh Bachchan, losing their mother in Hindu-Muslim riots to the exploitative begging mafia teaching them lessons. As a matter of luck, destiny or a mere co-incidence Jamal gets to participate in “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire”, and he has the answers of the questions asked through his life’s happenings.
The movie’s international success has been tempered by objections in India, many residents of Mumbai, have put on protests, hurling insults and hitting pictures of its cast and crew with slippers. Slum residents of other Indian states have also staged similar protests.
That can be of no doubt because, the movie has shown stunningly miserable situations, like with beggar mafias, blinding the children. It is revealing the dark side of the city that in recent years has been associated with the wonders of globalization.
The love story too, as seen by many to be central to the film, is sorely lacking. The film is too crowded and busy to allow any chemistry to build between the two.
The structure of the film might have worked, but it feels repetitive and contrived. The pace of the film is frenetic, some of the flash backs are comedy, but as it goes on it feels too sloppy and hectic, especially considering the hard and boring plot upon which the film is built.
It seems to be as Western stereotype about India, the poverty and bad sewage systems in the slums, Hindus assaulting Muslims, men assaulting women and children, gangsters pulling out eyes of children, tourists being robbed at the Taj Mahal, call-centre staff mishandling calls, and gangsters all over.
The coexistence of filth and wealth in India as always fascinated foreigners and now with slum kids in the center stage, the film must have caught the interest of foreign critics.
By: Hira Dossal – Entertainment News Reporter for WiredPRNews.Com