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Slumdog Millionaire

I saw Slumdog Millionaire last night. It’s the story of Jamal, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who becomes a contestant on India’s version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” He’s one question away from winning the grand prize of when the show breaks for the night. Police arrest him on suspicion that he’s been cheating — how could a slumdog (street kid) know the answers to all of these questions? The answer is told in flashbacks to Jamal’s childhood.

Slumdog is directed by Danny Boyle, best known for Trainspotting and 28 Days Later…. As with those films, Boyle uses his kinetic visual style to pull you into Jamal’s world. I really enjoyed it.

Watching the film connects you, in an unexpected way, to the last week’s horrible events in Mumbai. Some of the pivotal scenes take place in Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (which the locals call VT for its old colonial name of Victoria Terminus). This is the train station where two terrorists opened fire and threw grenades killing more than 50 people.

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