SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE by Danny Boyle
UK/USA - 2008 - 120 min
How could an orphan boy from the slums of
Mumbai possibly know all the answers on India's
version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? That's
the question facing the authorities who arrest 18-
year-old Jamal Malik on suspicion of cheating when
he is just one question away from winning the top
prize. Through a series of flashbacks, we see how
Jamal fought his way out of his shanty town birth-
place, met and lost the girl of his dreams and
wound up on the biggest game show in all of India.
But is he really a genius or were the answers learnt
from a lifetime of blood, sweat and tears?.
Danny Boyle directed this wildly energetic drama
about the desultory life and times of an Indian boy
CAST whose bleak experiences lead to an appearance on
his country's version of "Who Wants to Be a
Dev Patel as Jamal Malik Millionaire?" Running parallel with his dark yet irre-
An 18-year-old orphan living in slums of Mumbaï sistible past, told in flashback vignettes, is the
who is about to win 20 million roupees in a game almost inexplicable sight of Jamal winning every
show. He's arrested, suspected of deceit. challenge on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," a
strong showing that leads to a police interrogation.
Freida Pinto as Latika As Jamal explains how he knows the answer to
The girl with whom Jamal is in love. Pinto was an every question on the show as the result of harsh
Indian model who had not starred in a feature film events in his knockabout life, the chaos of his exis-
before. tence gains shape, perspective and soulfulness.
The film's violence is offset by a mesmerizing exo-
Madhur Mittal as Salim Malik tica shot and edited with a great whoosh of vitality.
He is Jamal's elder brother. Boyle successfully sells the story's most unlikely
elements with nods to literary and cinematic
Anil Kapoor as Prem Kumar conventions that touch an audience's heart more
He is the game show host. than its head.
1. Convert 20 million rupies into euros.
2. What is the definition of a flashback?
3. What do you call the style of films produced in India?
4. Imagine the life of the protagnists after the end of the film.
5. Adapt this story in today's France.
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