As numerous children in India, Jamal is a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan,
but fortunately this is not the story.
We are here with film on different steps of a child life in the most important slum of India. The film begins with Jamal, teenager, in a very aggressive questioning in a police station. Logic says that a "dog slum" can not become a millionaire by winning the TVgame "Kaun Banega Crorepati", Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Has he cheated? Did he already know the questions and answers of the game? That is how the movie begin.
Jamal tells us how he was able to find different answers to this quiz from the remember of his childhood and adolescence. He decided to play this game in order to find Latika, his childhood sweetheart, but it seems he can gain much more.
Jamal is surprisingly well played by Dev Patel. You can also see in the English television series Skins
where he played the role of a young British Muslim origin. For those who would follow the trials and tribulations of a group of young English where sex, drugs and rock n roll attitude is great, I highly recommend this series.
A nod also to Anil Kapoor, icon of Indian cinema during the 80-90s. He starred as the game-show hosts, Prem Kumar.
He plays his character thoroughly without trembling, even allowing himself to room Jamal on his daily work (delivering tea in a call center).
At times we wonders if he wants to make win or lose Jamal (the conversation in the toilet).
Later, we understand that Prem Kumar (Anil Kapoor) was the one winner of the game in the past and hope it will continue.
Note the sound very clear and the choreography at the end of the film like all Indian films.
At the end of the film, we can not stop thinking of another classic film, The City of God
directed by Fernando Meirelles.
Here we have a group of kids wanting to make money and gain respect in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. The poverty also was important as in the slum of Slumdog Millionaire. To conclude, Slumdog Millionaire is a moving film that you have to see, child like adults.