Is That Your Final Answer?

I was very curious to watch Slumdog Millionaire due to all the hype and praises the media has been giving it. This movie has a cast of unknowns in Hollywood. The child actors were even literally picked up from the streets of India. But in my point of view, their acting could outdo even big-name Hollywood A-listers. And yeah, this low-budget film won Best Motion Picture – Drama at the recently concluded Golden Globe Awards. So, is it worth all the buzz? Most definitely.

Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of Jamal Malik, an orphan who grew up in the slums of Mumbai, India. Jamal enters the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and to the astonishment of the populace, makes it all the way to the final question – worth 20 million rupees. When the final question is about to be revealed, the show’s air time runs out and the moment the whole nation has been waiting for will have to resume the next day. As Jamal leaves the show, he is accosted by the police and thrown into jail on suspicion of cheating – how can an uneducated slumdog know so much?
a. He cheated.
b. He’s lucky.
c. He is a genius.
d. It is written.

During the cross-examination by the jaded police inspector, Jamal reveals the story of his life – from the brutal death of his mother, to his and his brother’s life in the streets of Mumbai, to their encounters with vicious street gangs, to the one girl he lost and loved all his life – Latika. Through the telling of his colorful life story, bit by bit we are enlightened as to how Jamal came to know the answers to the questions in the contest.

The police inspector releases him and he himself becomes intrigued by the real reason as to why someone who is obviously not interested in the money would join “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. As Jamal prepares to re-enter the show and answer the final question, the whole nation will find out why….

What does it take to find a lost love?
a. money
b. luck
c. smarts
d. destiny

Is that your final answer?


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