Each section remains strongly and strangely oblivious of the ones a level below, to their joys and the sorrows, to their pleasures and the pains. The boy then reveals how, based on his real-life experiences,ï¿½he deduced the right answer to each question. A dash of detachment, a touch of thick skin and a pound stone-heart are vital for getting through the everyday life. And as they try to spend it purposefully on charity, and providing for the less fortunate, and none on their personal needs, the theme emerges, how less complicated a child's view of the world is, both in prosperity and adversity, and that the instant dismissal of their simplistic and often times, correct view by the grown ups is simply the elders' reluctance to the acceptance of the issues on their face value. An awe-inspiring sight of the majestic Taj Mahal shares the space with industrial pollutants and sewage floating in the adjacent river running by. Most of them, the spiritual, philosophical and the religious minded fall back on the most comforting argument of all - it is destiny, it is karma, it is fate, it is written.
What better could serve as the setting for a great human interest story that has everything in it - love, emotion, drama, sentiment, comedy and tragedy - the magic combination of every known human emotion, right in front of the eyes, served in a rich celluloid platter? Later, he realized the Swarup's genius! The road to riches has forked into three parallel paths, one each for each living class. Everyday is just another opportunity to get to the next day. And the only way out of it is to dare to dream. The film is about a young slum-dweller, who for the sake of his love, enters the Kaun Banega Crorepathi contest and eventually wins it! For example, why shouldn't a beggar be given any money? But to an average Indian, poverty is as much part of the scenery as plushness is. And add to that, a will to dream.
Well, that isï¿½hardly surprising, as everyone knows that the film will sell like hot cakes! So, people would be able to relate to it much better. People have grown up and continue to do so with glaring contrasts all around. There are no villains here, just sad state of affairs. Slumdog Millionaire in Tamil Slumdog Millionaire will soon be dubbed in Tamil as Naanum Koteeswaran. Swami Vivekananda's statement that in India within every lowly beggar lies a great philosopher is not too far-fetched, considering, optimism alone cannot provide all the answers to contradicting questions of life in the country. Again, this is not a social commentary, just the status quo.
All these are strung together and presented in a manner that never fails to impress the viewer! Just what reaction can a normal reaction, with enough empathy and sympathy, muster up when confronted with the wild vagaries of everyday life in India? Walk out of the costliest restaurant in town, and a bunch of beggars who haven't had a full meal in days make their presence felt in no time. With each experience narrated by the boy, a dramatic subplot unfolds. And setting the story against the backdrop of the biggest slum in Asia - Dharavi - which is right in the middle of the richest city in the country - Mumbai - only compounds the contrasts. When the rejoinder comes, who teaches them to fish, who gives them a chance to stand on their own feet, and what until then, would that beggar eat, and the only response from the elder is, hushed silence. Here is the brilliance of the script. With a screenplay that can interest even those who dislike cinema, the film is sure to rock! There is no doubt Naanum Koteeswaran is going toï¿½sizzle and the producer in question is going to get rich! Call it luck, right place at the right time or anything else.
The ultra-rich remain untouched by the day to day ups and downs; the middle class has just recently found a new spring in the step, and therefore, marching on its own road in its own stride; and the perpetual poor, who, like the rich in a way, are unaffected by the mainstream movements in the country, except when visited upon by the tragedies and calamities riots, bomb blasts, gang wars and just stray accidents. If America is the land of opportunities, India is certainly the land of dreams. It is not about exploitation. It is not a comment on the political, social or economic inequities of the same. Danny Boyle, a British director — who first rejected it! Imported automobiles try to make their way through the bullock carts, hand drawn carriage and peddle-style rickshaws.
And the answer of the elder is, it promotes more begging - the old give the fish vs teach to fish argument. And on those rare occasions, when the paths intersect, each group would treat the other with a sense of mistrust, disdain and disgust. It is not about cashing on the poverty of the country. In this land of dreams, the willingness to dream and the hope that things will fall in their place at the right moment alone will propel the aspirations and fates, to the level above. Similarly, each answer is mapped to a dramatic event, dumbfounding those who pointed fingers at him! The presentation is just the everyday reality in a country stuffed with people to the brim.
A brief introduction to the film: It is based on theï¿½novel Q and A byVikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat. . But the game sponsors feelï¿½that a slum-dweller with no proper education has wonï¿½this intellectual challenging game show by cheating and he gets arrested! The movie is mixed with every little depressing aspect that plagues the lives of children in slums - lack of education and therefore, denial of legitimate opportunities , poverty, constant risk of being exposed to every worse impulse of humanity - communal riots, forced induction into begging by mutilation the more the handicap, the more the sympathy and the better the returns , child prostitution, early exposure to anti-social activities and many more. Each experience is traced to a subplot, told in flashback. More than half a million people living in sub-standard even, sub-human conditions, right in the midst of the biggest urban sprawl, consisting of sky scrappers, malls, golf courses etc, remains one of the greatest paradoxes in the story of the economic success of the country. The crests of tall sky scrappers are balanced with troughs of shanty living areas.
People here call it destiny - the only apt term that turns the dreary every day life into a fairy tale reality. . . . . . .
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