Slumdog millionaire throws light on acerbic reality, trafficking in children and women, the hardships faced by the lower strata of the society and the hand of destiny in ones life. In a few words it can be called a journey from the slums to the pedestal of a millionaire.
Danny Boyle brings to us the life of Jamal Malik( Dev Patel). As a child born of poor parents Jamal and his brother Salim are introduced to us as puny,poverty stricken children of the slums. Jamal grows up as a fan of Amitabh Bachan. In a communal riot in his village, their mother is killed and the kids flee for their lives. They meet Latika , who has left home in a similar incident. Jamal has a soft corner towards her unlike his brother.
Soon the children are kidnapped by goons who mint money using them as beggars.
Salim saves his brother from them when they try to gouge out Jamal’s eyes. Unable to rescue Latika, they escape.
Salim turns into a street smart boy who would confront anybody with his gun and very soon the brothers manage to save Latika from the goons. Yet, least to Jamal’s expectation, Salim uses Latika for himself and throws his brother out of home.
Jamal becomes a tea vendor in a call centre all along in memories of Latika. He reunites with his brother wanting to meet her again. By now Salim has grown into a ferocious gangster who has bartered Latika to his gang leader for money.
In his quest to find Latika, Jamal makes it to the millionaire contest so that his love may see him on television. Each incident in his life contributes to him an answer , in other words,a huge sum of money. What happens to the contest in which the show’s host( Anil Kapoor) mocks at him for being a chai-wallah? Can Jamaal answer all the questions? Does he unite with Latika? Watch the movie and find out.
The movie is a blend of thriller,action and romance. It is India in the eyes of the west. The undying love of Jamaal that leads him to the path of glory is beautifully portrayed. It is a spectacular piece of work with an excellent storyline that audience would surely enjoy, a tribute to Mumbai and its people.