Slumdog Millionaire: A Tale Of Triumph And Redemption

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The 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire centers on Jamal Malik’s incredible million dollar run in the Indian version of the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Despite his lack of formal education Jamal, a “slumdog” hailing from the impoverished streets of Mumbai, is able to answer each of the difficult questions posed to him during the game show. With only a single question away from winning 20 million rupees the show breaks for the evening and Jamal is arrested by the local police on suspicions of cheating. He is interrogated and, through the course of the interrogation, flashbacks detail the events in his life that explain how he has come to know the answers to the questions asked of him. Through the flashbacks, the main characters that play substantial roles in Jamal’s life are introduced; most importantly, his older brother Salim, his life-long love Latika, and Maman, a criminal that fools the children into believing him a father-figure and saving grace. The film follows Jamal, Salim, and Latika from their early childhood to their early teens and, finally, into their late teens and uses unique actors to portray each of these three stages. Set in India, the filmmakers chose to film the actors in their native tongue, Hindi. Doing so, adds to the authenticity of the setting and dialogue. This first-rate dialogue, coupled with exceptional acting and an engrossing storyline make Slumdog Millionaire an excellent film.
The acting in the film is superb and the actors portray their characters with an authenticity that never seems as if they are acting. The actors become their respective characters, wholly fleshed-out on the screen. When Salim plays witness to the burning of Arvind’s eyes, he is visibly horrified and so shocked (and repulsed) that he vomits. This fear can be seen in his eyes and his physical revulsion is wholly evident. This typifies the level of acting found throughout the film.
The dialogue in the film is excellent and does not seem as if it’s come from a screenplay or from words on paper. Rather, it flows from the characters’ mouths as if their own words and thoughts. This flowing naturalness...

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