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Slumdog Millionaire Character Essay On The Story

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Jamal Malik, an 18-year old Mumbai slum kid, get right through to the last question on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ and the chance to win 20 million rupees.
But straight after the show breaks for the night, he is arrested on suspicion of cheating. The show’s quizmaster Prem Kumar, himself a product of the slums, is unwilling to share the limelight with the young upstart.

A night of mistreatment and torture fails to elicit a confession, so in the morning the Inspector of Police changes tack and asks Jamal to explain how he knew the answers.

Question by question, Jamal relates the story of his life.

Growing up in the Juhu slum of Bombay, he is seven when he sees his mother…show more content…

She is clearly unhappy but is too frightened of Javed to leave him.

When Latika does try to join Jamal, she is followed and forcibly taken back by Salim and Javed’s other thugs. Finding Javed’s house empty, Jamal is in despair. He decides to go on the TV game show in the hope that Latika will be watching it.

Listening to Jamal’s story, the Inspector comes to believe that this ‘slumdog’ is telling the truth. Finally convinced, the Inspector releases him to go back onto the show, to face the final question.

The story of Jamal’s dream run on the show and his subsequent arrest has turned him overnight into a media sensation. When Salim and Latika see Jamal on the news, Salim gives Latika his car keys so she can escape Javed. While Latika drives across the city towards the studio, he locks himself in the bathroom with money and his gun.

As Jamal returns to the studio for the final question, Latika is caught up in Mumbai’s gridlocked traffic.

With the whole of India watching, Jamal asks to phone a friend. The only number he knows is that of his brother’s mobile phone, on the seat in the vehicle Latika has abandoned. She reaches it in time, but does not know the answer. Jamal guesses the correct answer anyway – it is ‘destiny’ – and then goes to wait for her at the station. Meanwhile Salim has

Slumdog Millionaire Analysis

940 WordsFeb 5th, 20114 Pages

The film ”Slumdog Millionare” tells a compelling story of an eighteen year old Indian boy from the dirty slums of Mumbai who manages to cash in the main prize of the TV-show ”Who wants to be a millionaire?” Combined with the directing of Danny Boyle and co-direction from Indian Lovleen Tandan, this 2008 movie is a great mash up between Hollywood and Bollywood. The film based on Vikars Swarup’s novel tells a dramatic and romantic story with a twist of humour through a set of very cogent actors.

The protagonist of this movie is eighteen year old “slumdog” Jamal Malik. Taking Jamal’s past in consideration, it’s highly unlikely that an uneducated boy from the Mumbai slums is able to reach the final question of “Who want’s to be a…show more content…

In this context, it’s his quest to find the love of his life, Latika. His love for her sets him out on a life experiencing journey which finally places him in the seat of “Who wants to be a millionaire?” His brother, Salim on the other hand is portrayed as a more dynamic person. In fact he is quite unreliable, he is not an evil person, but his selfishness and hunger for money and control hurts the ones around him, tearing him apart from his own brother and rescinding their connection.

As stated earlier there are flashbacks in this movie, in fact the flashbacks are present throughout the whole movie. The fascinating thing about this though is how cleverly the directors have combined two stories running parallel to each other, making them crash together during the end and creating the present. This leaves the viewer curious how Jamal will answer the final question in an exciting and creative way.

Through clever camera use and light setting, the film has an intriguing feeling to it. There is a lot of shifting between warm colours and dark colours, the latter mostly used in dramatic and scenes shot during the night. The warm colours on the other hand create a feeling of heat which fits perfectly to the setting. Also the music plays a big role in setting the mood of the film. The use of Indian music especially furthers the intriguing feeling. Focusing on camera use, it’s interesting to see the way the directors shot scenes from a

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