Slumdog Millionaire The Feel Good Film Of The Decade
Posted by Deepak Shetty on February 17, 2009
ABOUT THE MOVIE : Slumdog Millionaire a film directed by Danny Boyle, co-directed by Loveleen Tandan, and written by Simon Beaufoy. It is an adaptation of the Boeke Prize-winning and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-nominated novel Q and A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. Set and filmed in India, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a young man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati, mentioned in the Hindi version) and exceeds people’s expectations, arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials. The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman who planned the score over two months and completed it in two weeks. Rahman won the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and earned three Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Original Score and two for Best Original Song, one shared with M.I.A. for the song “O..Saya” and the other shared with lyricist Gulzar for the song “Jai Ho”. The soundtrack was released on M.I.A.’s record label N.E.E.T. Radio Sargam termed the soundtrack “magnum opus and the entire world is known to this fact.
Dev Patel as Jamal Malik, the protagonist, a Muslim boy born and raised in the poverty of Mumbai. Boyle considered hundreds of young male actors, The original choice for the role was Bollywood actor Ruslaan Mumtaz (He made his acting debut in MP3 – Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar), but the producer of the film found Ruslaan too good looking for the role and so he was replaced by Dev Patel.”
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar as Youngest Jamal Ayush Mahesh Khedekar is an award-winning Indian child actor, best known for playing the youngest version of Jamal Malik in the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which he won a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.
Tanay Chheda as Middle Jamal Tanay Hemant Chheda is an Indian child actor. He has worked in the critically acclaimed films Taare Zameen Par (2007) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and received a nomination for Best Ensemble at the Black Reel Awards of 2008.
Freida Pinto as Latika, the girl with whom Jamal is in love. Pinto was an Indian model who had not starred in a feature film before. Regarding the “one of a kind” scarf she wears, “designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb” says, “I wanted to bookend the journey–to tie her childhood yellow dress to her final look.”She is now represented by CAA.
Rubina Ali as Youngest Latika, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar as Middle Latika
Madhur Mittal as Salim, Jamal’s elder brother, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail as Youngest Salim, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala as Middle Salim
Anil Kapoor as Prem Kumar, the game show host.Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan, the current host for Kaun Banega Crorepati (the Indian version of Who wants to Be a Millionaire?), was initially offered the role of the show’s host in the film, but he eventually turned it down (the role was ultimately played by another Bollywood star Anil Kapoor). Paul Smith, the executive producer of Slumdog Millionaire and the chairman of Celador Films, had previously owned the international rights to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Irrfan Khan as the Police Inspector, Saurabh Shukla as Constable Srinivas,Mahesh Manjrekar as Javed, Ankur Vikal as Maman, Raj Zutshi as Millionaire show producer, Sanchita Choudhary as Jamal’s mother, Shah Rukh Munshi as a Slum kid
Box office performance India : The Indian premiere of Slumdog Millionaire took place in Mumbai on 22 January 2009 Fox Searchlight released 351 prints of the film across India for its full release there on 23 January 2009. It earned Rs. 2,35,45,665 in its first week at the Indian box office,or $2.2 million according to Fox Searchlight. Though not as successful as major Bollywood releases in India during its first week, this was the highest weekend gross for any Fox film and the third highest for any Western release in the country, behind Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Casino Royale (2006). In its second week, the film’s gross rose to Rs. 3,04,70,752 at the Indian box office.