Review: Jamal Malik is an 18 year old orphan from the slums of Mumbai. He becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and is only one question away from winning 20-million rupees. He is arrested and accused of cheating. As the film unfolds we are shown events of his life which include his life on the streets and the girl he loved and lost.
Director: Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan
Actors: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Saurabh Shukla
Genre: Drama and Romance
I don’t know if I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for this film but I know that not everyone is going to agree with me on this but I found the whole story line to be too predictable. To me it is a film that was made too much of. Maybe if I sat and watched it again now I might think differently. One thing I did like was the use of the lighting. All in all it is a remarkable film and I am very impressed with what Danny Boyle has achieved. At the Academy Awards in 1999 this won 8 Oscars. They were for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing (Danny Boyle), Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. At the Golden Globe Awards the same year it won 4 Awards and they were for Best Motion Picture-Drama, Best Director-Motion Picture (Danny Boyle), Best Screenplay – Motion Picture and Best Original Score – Motion Picture. At the Bafta Awards also the same year it won 5 Awards. They were for Best Film, Best Screenplay – Adapted, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and for Best Sound. A.R. Rahman won a special award for the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music and also Best Director (Danny Boyle) won the David Lean Award for Direction.