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Slumdog Millionaire

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Marika Nieminen

on 21 January 2015

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Transcript of Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire
Basic information
Directed by Danny Boyle
First released in 2008 at Telluride film festival and later in cinemas
Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy
Based on the novel
"Q & A" by Vikas Swarup
Jamal Malik is a contestant in the Indian version of "Who wants to be a millionaire?". Jamal's motivation to attend the tv show is not the money but catch the attention of his childhood love.

He has already won ten million rupees and nobody knows how he did it. The police is accusing him of cheating and they are investigating how this uneducated boy from the slums can know all the answers. Jamal tells his story through flashbacks that each reveal an answer to the questions.
The Main Characters
The Setting
The Language
The movie takes place in India, mainly in Mumbai
First impressions:
Which character could we most identify with? Why?
A good movie after a long time
Favorite part:
Jamal jumped to poop, because he wanted Bollywood star's autograph
Variable (sad, touching)
Filmed for...
Everybody, because everyone should see and think about the life in slums
The age limit for the movie is over 16
Tell about the life of slum children
Following the film was...
easy, but sometimes quite boring
What would we have done differently?
not so much flashbacks
Was awarded multiple Oscar prizes and nominations
For example "Best Achievement in directing", "Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures"
-> We thought that the main issues in the film were
Jamal is a young Indian boy born and raised in the slums of Mumbai. He works as a tea boy at a commercial phone center. He misses his long lost love, Latika, and he goes on the tv show ”Who wants to be a millionaire?” just to get her attention.
Salim is Jamal's older brother. He is very greedy and brutal, and will do anything for money. He became a thug and lost all contact with his brother.
Jamal can be so happy about the autograph even when he is covered in poop
Latika is a young girl, also raised in a slum. She knew Jamal when they were children but their paths separated twice, when first she was left in the hands of a beggar chief and then when Salim gave her to be a wife of an older man.
More particular locations include for example the Juhu slums, Taj Mahal and a train
The movie was good because those things can happen in real life
The timing varies from present day to Jamal's childhood
The characters live so different world than us so it is hard to identify with them
In Jamal's childhood people spoke Hindi, but all the scenes in his adolescent were in English
The grammar in the language was quite simple and the sentences were short
There are probably millions of people like them in India
There was a distinctive dialect that made the language harder to understand
-> it was not too hard to follow
There were so many flashbacks at the movie so sometimes it was hard to follow
-> they were not in chronogical order
There were really sad and really happy scenes, so the feelings of the viewer varied from crying to laughing
Tell that surrounded by poverty life can be really hard
The actors have succeeded well in their roles and they were very plausible
The movie was good and touching
make the movie more cohesive, as the different flashbacks from different timings got a bit confusing
- anything is possible if it's meant to be
-not money but love
- life is tough and there is no choice but to survive
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