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Slumdog is heart pounding cinema..!
Jun 05, 2012 02:13 PM 5966 Views
(Updated Jul 21, 2012 05:10 PM)





Every successful fairy tale, in some way or the other, is based on elementary mythological ideas. For instance “Star wars”; the story of a young charming prince, going in quest for his abducted princess, (into exotic infinity of outer space) is the kind of bedtime story that we have grown up to. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) named these elementary ideas "archetypes," which he believed to be the building blocks not only of the unconscious mind, but of a collective unconscious.

Adapted from Vikas Swarup’s novel Q&A, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire is nothing but another myth inspired fairytale which tells the story of 3 slumkids and their coming of age, uplifting journey through the streets of Mumbai. For starters Slumdog is a Hollywood film made with a bollywood heart, exclusively appealing to the Indian viewers. There is that popular game show, the English version of Amitabh Bhachans “Kon Banega Crorepathi” and there is also Johari like romance story (at the heart of it) which we are all familiar with, but if you’re willing to overlook its blatant, implausible plot values it has an entertainment quotient which is comparable to few other Hollywood movies (Of similar genre). To be more specific the pleasure of watching this film comes merely by seeing it.

The films protagonist of course is “Jamal” a struggling slum kid who by chance (a wild one) got birth on the infamous talk show “Who wants to be a millionaire”. Danny Boyle combines the suspense of a game show with the transcendent vision of Brazilian film "City of God".

The film marries City of God’s horrifying, Dickensian space, where children are orphaned, mutilated and manipulated with a goofy entertainment quotient comparable to Johar’s romantic musicals resulting in 2 hours of sheer popcorn entertainment. Infact that’s what I like about this film, the way it keeps a delicate balance between grimness and fun filled adventure. It’s a thin line but Danny Boyle handles it with such mastery that you can’t help falling in love with it.

In fact, Boyle’s film is not only a magical entertainer but also a reminder – it’s about storytelling and not the story. The silliness of the plot wobbles at times but it’s his narrative and the immense likeability of its actors (and characters) leaves you dazzled from start to finish. Beginning as a mesmerizing boyhood dream and ending as a heartwarming love story, its corporate Hollywood working at its very, very best.

There are moments in Slumdog, so beautiful, so mesmerizing that you even actually forget the fact that you’re watching a movie (If you’ve seen this you might understand what I’m referring to). Yes, I’m referring to that Iconic railway station scene (post interval) where Jamal, standing on the railway flyovers, yells at her love. “Latika, Latika”he shouts.. The girl hears him, her curly hair wobbles in the air, making moves to the tunes of a speeding train as she looks back at him with a smiling face. For a moment I thought I was Jamal (not Dev patel) and Latika…………. Well, she is Latika. (Hi, hi) The story of slumdog may seem predictable even for a 5 year old but hey then what are movies for..?I’m going with 4 out 5 and two big thumbs for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. Look beyond its silly premise then you what you have is a heart pounding love story. Watch it and come back beaming.. J

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