Friday, March 06, 2009
I went into the cinema only knowing that it was about a man arrested for knowing the answers of Who wants to be a Millionaire and that it won some Oscars.
So I got a rude shock within 5 minutes of the movie. The main character Jamal is looked down by everyone for being an uneducated chai-wallah (tea boy) and daring to join the show. The scene quickly switched to him being interrogated by the police. The question on everyone's mind: How did the chai-wallah know all the answers to the questions?
It's from there the story really begins. This movie weaves his story from the questions asked by the game show. The answers that he knew came from his own life. I am not going to spoil the plot here but this is also a romance story with parts that are sometimes unbelievable. Or as one would say, a fairytale-like story.
The movie also built up the tension in its scenes, something that most movies had failed to grasp of. And whenever the tension was too much the movie switches back to the police or vice versa or placed a humourous scene. Even though I had guessed what was going to happen next, I still feel tensed. The acting in this show is also notable. In particular, the child actors who I believed won over everyone's heart.
Perhaps the only thing that I did not liked about the movie was the magical way that the characters learned english when they stayed in the slums. Otherwise, it's a lovely movie that you should not mind spending 2 hours for.