After reviewing The Ugly Truth, my mind stuck with this thing: “It’s not Fair! Hey, I must review other movies too!”. And here they are, review of “Slumdog Millionaire”, (even though it’s late now). Hell, who doesn’t familiar with this title now? Yeah, after winning Best picture in Academy Awards 2009 and 7 other (after nominated in 10),Despite the conflict about kid actor’s payment, I should say, this film is totally awesome! this is probably the best Hindi film I’ve ever watch.
The movie opened in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Question Style:
Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it?
• A: He cheated • B: He’s lucky
• C: He’s a genius • D: It is written
The next scene is showing Jamal Malik (portrayed nicely by Dev Patel) tortured by a policeman (the reason is the question above). Following up on a tip-off from Prem Kumar (portrayed by Anil Kapoor), host of the show, the police suspecting Jamal of cheating, because the other possibilities—that he has a vast knowledge, or that he is very lucky—seem unlikely.
Jamal get questioned about how he could answer all the question, and he answer that he just happened to know the answer, because it’s just coincidences after and after that all the questions serves, related to events on his life, included answers of Amitabh Bachan, Benjamin Franklin and so on.
During the story, we presented for his life scenes. Starts with How Jamal live with his Brother, Salim, then how these brothers meet Latika after an anti Muslim attacks killed their family. The three kids later discovered by Maman, a gangster Leader (they are unaware of this fact), whom trained them to be a beggar. Salim, who has rough personality becomes their gang leader, later trusted to escorting the kids to sing in front of Maman (which later revealed to get them blinded). However, he saves Jamal, and they escapes together with Latika, jumping on the departed train. As the train accelerates away, Salim let Latika’s hands go purposely, causing her recaptured by the gang. The brothers than lives with several acts, including selling goods, picking pocket and even cheating the naive tourists of Taj Mahal.
Years later, Jamal still can’t forget Latika, insisting his brother to get her back. Together, they discovered she has been raised as a dancer, whose virginity will fetch a high price. They attempt to rescue her but intruded by Maman, causing Salim draw out a gun and kill Maman in the middle of conflict. Later, Salim meets Javed, Maman’s rival, obtaining a job. When He back to their room, He ordering Jamal to leave and call Latika for sex. Jamal burst out angrily and attacks his brother violently but then threatened by a gun to his head. Latika interferes and tell Jamal to leave, breaking his heart. In te morning, what leave for Jamal is the fact that his brother and Latika has flee to an unknown location, leaving himself.
Years after, Jamal works as ‘chai wallah’ (tea server) at call center. One chance, he asked to covering a worker for a few minutes. He takes this chance to search for Latika on the database, but discover nothing. He change the keywords into his brother, Salim Malik, resulting for three people. He succeded get touch with Salim On the second attempt. Jamal agrees to meet Salim, whose happy meet his younger brother again, but then got confront for what he has done, especially for Latika. Salim, regretful and annoyed, responds that “she is long gone”, making Jamal stunned. He invites Jamal to live with him, later scenes revealing Salim as high order on Javed’s organization, also revealing his regret of what he has done.
Jamal follows Salim to Javed’s house, where he met Latika once again and discovering she is involved with Javed. Jamal tries to persuade Latika to leave, but Latika rebuff and insists that he has forgotten her and leave him. Instead, Jamal confessing his love and promises to wait her at Mumbai’s largest train station, “five o’ clock every day until you come”. Days, finally, Latika attempts to meet him, but she captured by Salim and Javed’s men, leaving Jamal chasing them. Javed’s organization’s whereabout is known by police, forced them to move out from Mumbai, and once again Jamal losing Latika.
Jamal then try out Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, because he knows she love to watch it. At the end of the first day of the show, Jamal has one question left to win 20 million rupees, (he answer the last question, after aware the hosts give him the wrong answer deliberately) but the host calls the police and Jamal is taken into police custody.
The stories back to the beginning scene, where Jamal explaining how his life experiences coincidentally enabled him answering each question. He then released, allows him to return to the show for the final question. In India, all of the peoples exciting of his almost win. Latika, watched him in Javed’s safehouse but stopped by Javed who switch the Channel. Salim gives Latika his phone and his car key, asks for forgiveness and urges her to run away. Shortly after, Salim get the bathtub filled by cash and sits in the tub, waiting for his destiny.
Awhile Latika watchs Jamal in a public TV, leave the car and phone far away from her. Ironic, the final question is the name of the third musketeer in The Three Musketeers, which Jamal actually so close to know the answer (shown in his childhood scene). Jamal uses his last help, Phone A Friend, to seek help from the only number he ever had. The host make fun of him, because the phone isn’t getting picked on. Meanwhile, Latika who is aware that Jamal is about to call Salim through the phone that she had now, runs to the parking car, and barely succeed answers in time, reconnect to him. Jamal, who is aware that Latika is answered, does not asking about the answer of the question but rather asking about her safety. This situation obviously made an awkward situation, the host urge Jamal to asking the answer therefore, he do it. Latika, chuckle-relieved for Jamal-, answer honestly that she does not know the answer and starts to say “God is with you” but the connection cuts off. Back into the hot seat, Jamal simply guess the correct answer (Aramis) and wins the grand prize.
At the safehouse, Javed discovers Salim helped Latika escape. He and his men break down the bathroom door just to get Salim shoots him. Javed’s men shoot Salim multiple times, he shows whispering “God is great” in his last breath. Later, Jamal and Latika meet at the railway station and kiss. The question at the opening scene the appeared and highlighting the D) It’s written choice, implying that Jamal’s story is his destiny.
During the credits, Jamal and Latika dance in the train station to the song ‘Jai Ho’ —along with hundreds of bystanders and even the younger versions of themselves—.
I should say this movie is so touching, no wonder this deserves the academy award. And the soundtracks is so beautiful, Can’t get much of it! I’d love to share it here, oh yeah, I’ve embed PCD remix of Jai Ho on it too. Mediafire Make sure you hearing the Dreams on Fire, it’s so beautiful!