Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Madhur Mittal, Frieda Pinto
Rating: R, for some violence, disturbance images and language.
The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out...
Dude, this movie was good. From the beginning of the movie to the end of the movie, I was riveted. The story of Jamal and the way him and his brother brought themselves up and survived the life that they fell into. It was a pretty fierce slap to the face, the reality that was their lives. With all of the bad things that happened to Jamal, I wouldn't have been surprised if he turned to the kind of life that his brother turned to. The one that caught Latika as well.
I wasn't expecting the movie to turn out the way that it was. Well, actually I didn't even know what to expect from the movie. I hadn't heard much about the movie until I finally saw it and I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was. The love story between Jamal and Latika was such a sweet one that it drove the movie for me. It was the reason, I was so into the movie. The depth of Jamal's love for Latika was so unbelievably sweet that I found myself sighing all over this movie. The lengths that he went through to get her to understand that he loved her was TOO SWEET!
This movie was a good one, not just the love story but the story of survival that the boys go through and then the different paths they take make for a very interesting and very engrossing movie. I definitely recommend this movie.