Slumdog Millionaire (Literantado’s Film Review)

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Detail

Director: Danny Boyle
Co-Director (India): Loveleen Tandan
Producer: Christian Colson
Written by: Simon Beaufoy

Cast:

Dev Patel as Jamal Malik
Freida Pinto as Latika/Cherry
Madhur Mittal as Older Salim
Tanay Chheda as Middle Jamal
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar as Youngest Jamal
Azharuddin Ismail as Youngest Salim
Rubina Ali as Youngest Latika
Anil Kapoor as Prem Kumar
Irrfan Khan as Police Inspector

Running time: 120 minutes/2 hours
Language: English and Hindi

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Synopsis

Jamal Malik, was born in a slum, India. A call center assistant, an assistant serving tea for all call center agents just won a 20,000,000 rupees, a double millionaire from WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE (Kaun Banega Crorepati, title for Indian version). Who would have thought, an “uneducated” boy can win a double-million answer portion? The boy Jamal just answers it as if he was never question extensively.

All of his answers came from his life’s experience. This is a life’s experience revolving from his poor life in a slum, death of her mother, being use by a syndicate, a search for his first love – Latika, a disappointment to his brother, working in a call center, suspected cheating and ends winning as a double-millionaire in a TV game show.

Note: The film is an adaptation of the novel “Q & A” by Vikas Swarup:

q-a-by-vikas-swarup

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Commentary, Opinion, and Conclusion

The film shows a typical scenario of being a judgmental to lower brackets of the society. In the film, you’ll see a publicly exposed mockery, in part where the host of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire/Crorepati gives a prank joke to the contestant, a slumdog. Maybe that’s a part of his job being a host of the program.

who-wants-to-be-a-millionaire-indian-version-kaun-banega-crorepati

The film also got an overwhelming awards and critics from known ones (Google it). What attracts to my eyes is the title or the new form word “SLUMDOG” which makes up the film famed and controversial. Actually, some Indian conservatists protested and file a lawsuit because of the title and of what of it.

What is Slumdog by the way?

Slumdog

– A slum dweller.
– A person who lives in a poor makeshift locality in extremely dirty conditions like a stray dog.
– A person who lives in an overcrowded and poor area of a city in which the housing is unplanned.

The definition of the slumdog has some sort of similarity to the definition of “squatter”.

Squatter

– An individual who chooses to live either on the streets or where ever she/he is at the moment. These people are often travellers (drifters); hippies who know that even though it is sometimes slightly uncomfortable you may live in America without paying taxes and other advantages that are deemed natural; punks or even political refugees.

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Well, slumdog or squatter, it’s a matter of how you know it and what it is like a Slumdog after watching the film. (Squatter Millionaire? A Philippine version)

After analyzing a brief life in India, shown in Slumdog Millionaire, children in a slum or also called a slumdog or chai wallah in Hindi, depite of their younger age does know how to strive for survival. The film depicts a real picture of poverty not only in India but might be in some 3rd world countries.

If you’ve watched this film, you’ll know “Life is like a game”, play it like a Snake & Ladder board game – you’re lucky when you’re up, and when you’re down, you are as if you were bitten by a snake.


Otakore Literantadodist, Literantado

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1. Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slumdog_Millionaire)
2. IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1010048/)
3. Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/)

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12 Tugon

  1. mukhang a must see movie to a. Maraming mapupulot. pano ko to mapapanood?

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    Otakore Literantadodist : Hindi pa siya naipapalabas sa Pilipinas. Pero ako, “napanood ko na”. ^_^

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  2. nadownload ko na to sa mininova.

    i was surprised hindi pa pala pinapalabas sa pinas to.. dito sa Kuala Lumpur last month pa yata

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    Otakore Literantadodist : Uu. ^_^ , yung iba rin, sa torrent rin nag-download/pinanood. Hindi nakapag-hintay sa release nito sa Market. Ganda kasi eh.

    Salamat sa pagbisita.

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  3. I agree Slumdog does depict a real picture of poverty and in fact I argue in my blog that it doesnt even depict all of the poverty that goes on: http://priscillaeyles.wordpress.com/?s=slumdog+millionaire
    It seems ridiculous that people should criticise the film for depicting what actually goes on and is the best thing about the film. Nice site by the way.

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    Otakore Literantadodist : That is way too conservative for them if they criticize the film, i see no demeaning attack to their culture or the way their society goes on. It is just a film, made of fictitious mind based on “Q & A” novel, but a bit realistic in physical world.

    Thanks for the visit.

    ^_^

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  4. nyahahahaha!
    napanood ko na aito!
    nakakatuwa na nakakalungkot na nakakainis ang feeling!
    hindi lahat nakukuha sa pag-aaral at pagpasok sa eskwela. minsan mas epektibo ang experiences. hakhak!

    kadiri yung jerbaks!

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    Otakore Literantadodist : (Nodding) Tama ka diyan. At huwag rin maging “judgemental”. (Nodding)

    kadiri yung jerbaks!

    – Tawa ako ng tawa sa part na tumalon siya sa JEBS at sumiksik pa siya sa madlang people. Hahaha.

    Salamat sa pagbisita. ^_^

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  5. sa mahal na araw papanuorin q po yan mag movie marathon me…..nahihiwagaan me xe… dami awards…

    nice post 😛

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    Otakore Literantadodist : A must see movie talaga ‘to. Ganda’ promise.

    Salamat sa pagbisita. ^_^

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  6. kaya ito nanalo sa oscar ng best picture…

    agree ako… unang kita ko pa palang, nasabi ko nang nilalarawan na niya kung pano mamuhay ang mga mahihirap sa india…at kung pano maka-survive,,, ^-^

    go torrents!!!

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    Otakore Literantadodist : Uu, kumpara sa Pilipinas . . . parang mas OK sa India, hindi ba?

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  7. napanood ko na dre! wasak na wasak! favorite scene ko yung nagpapirma siya ng autograph!

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    Otakore Literantadodist : Hahaha. Oo, ako rin paborito ko yung part na iyon. Walang nakaharang sa kanya e, solong-solo niya ang magpa-autograph. ^_^

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  8. I love it from start to end, till the cast did a song and dance production. If I didnt fall in love with the story, I wouldve ditched it as another asian film feeling sorry for its “third-worldness”. but it was fun and insightful altogether. I just watched it last night, should blog about my insight. 😀

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    Otakore Literantadodist : Yes, despite of the poor slum, it doesn’t show a “pity them” feeling to its audience. Some part of the film gives a funny scenes which makes the audience craving to what happen next.

    It is a nice film, worth watching.

    I wish Danny Boyle or any other indie foreign film maker set a film here in our country that would hit the cinema internationally like Slumdog Millionaire. Make it “Jackpot Squatter” or “Mega Lotto – Squatter Punk Millionaire” for us.

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  9. napanood ko na rin siya but since pirated e medyo malabo, anyway enjoy naman ang movie. btw, okay yung “iskwating” para local version hehehe pero kung formal at politically correct, better na informal settler millionaire hehehe

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    Otakore Literantadodist : PARE! Lagot ka kay ‘duds! Tinangkilik mo ang pirata. Mababasa niya tong blog na ‘to. Hehehe.

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  10. I love Urban Dictionary. Aren’t they a great resource? You might like this one.
    http://tinyurl.com/urban-muttilicious

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    Otakore Literantadodist : I only consult
    Urbandictionary when there’s a newly invented word that is nice to hear and yet could be standardized as a loan word. It made me think when i encounter a word some like “slumdog” so i look up to their site.

    Word-entry in Urbandictionary although it includes informal dicts, I use it officially as one of the tool for modern creative writing.

    BTW, your word-entry is kewl. ^_^

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  11. Make it “Jackpot Squatter” or “Mega Lotto – Squatter Punk Millionaire” for us.
    hahaha yeah!

  12. gandang ganda ako dito sa pelikula! malaki ang naging bahagi ng swerte at kamalasan sa buhay ng bida., hindi sa naniniwala ako dito lagi. ibig kong sabihin, malapit sa mga karanasan niya ang mga itinanong kaya nasagot niya. syempre, love story din ito.. *kilig*

    uy, at mukhang halos lahat ng nakapanood nito sa pinas, maibang yung galing sa states, sa quiapo videotheque nakuha ang kopya nila, or na download sa internet. april 11 pa ito showing.

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    Otakore Literantadodist : Uu, matagal-tagal na kasing naipalabas iyan nang makaraang buwan lamang. Siempre, mga Pinoy, hindi papahuli sa latest. ^_^

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