Slumdog Millionaire: India's Social Classes And Love Of Money

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Slumdog Millionaire is an action-laced film, which describes one, indian orphan’s journey to seek his lost love and win India’s version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’. Jamal Malik and his brother Salim grew up in the slums of Mumbai. After their mother was killed, Jamal and Salim met Latika. Throughout many journeys and hardships, Jamal becomes separated from the two people remaining in his life. Director Danny Boyle effectively demonstrates the dissention between the Indian social classes throughout the injustices bore against the people, the fight for economic gains, and Jamal’s indifference to the money earned in ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’.
Throughout the film, the upper-class police and gang-members’ infringement upon the impoverished classes becomes increasingly prevalent. When exploring Jamal Malik’s childhood, viewers encounter graphic and stunning realities of life in the Mumbai slums. As the riots between the Hindi and the Muslims break out, police neglect to respond to a man aflame before their eyes. The policemen’s inaction within a crisis sears the hearts of the viewers with the discrimination of India’s social structure. Additionally, the police officers commit heinous offences toward the hero, Jamal, when questioning him. They torture him various ways, such as electric currents, waterboarding, etc. because, “What the hell can a slumdog possibly know?” (Slumdog Millionaire). Boyle effectively includes the disdainful prejudices exhibited against the lower class. Boyle also, includes scenes where both the inhabitants and police are subject to the corruption of the gangsters. Multiple times throughout the film, the gangsters possess the hearts minds and souls of the characters. Inhabitants and henchmen fear that should they leave, they will be killed. The fear of evil and corruption shown throughout the film, effectively displays Marxist feelings toward the negative social and political interaction within India.
Additionally, throughout the film, Boyle portrays the economic wiles of capitalistic society when depicting characters’ struggles for survival. Salim and Jamal venture through many schemes to earn the money needed to survive. After being beaten by a tour guide because of mugging a tourist couple, Jamal exclaims, “You wanted a picture of the real India, this is it!” (Slumdog Millionaire). Jamal’s display of emotion exhibits the impossibility to survive legally in corrupt India. Boyle expounds on this concept when he depicts the gangsters control over the destitute orphans. In a gut-wrenching...

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