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All about Slumdog Millionaire - Interesting News Behind this Film!!!

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All about Slum dog Millionaire - Interesting News Behind this Film!!!


Director: Danny Boyle

Co-Director: Loveleen Tandon

Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

Composer: A R Rahman

Action Director: Sham Kaushal (Black Friday, Parzania fame)

Art Director: Abhishek Redkar (Outsourced and Christmas In India)

Author of Q&A: Vikas Swarup (From which Slumdog has been adapted)

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india


What is the movie about?


The film tells the brutal but inspiring story of Jamal Malik (played by Dev Patel, a British Asian whose major turn so far has been in the television show Skins), an 18-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai who gets on to the Who Wants to be a Millionaire ? show and is a question away from winning the Rs 20-million jackpot.

Astounded by the slum boy's knowledge and suspicious of his integrity, the police give him the third degree.

In order to prove his innocence , Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother Salim grew up, of their crazy adventures on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of his love Latika (played by Mumbai girl Freida Pinto).

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india


Which book is the film based on?


It's based on Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup's awardwinning novel Q&A (2005) where the protagonist has the impeccably secular (and gimmicky) name Ram Mohammed Thomas. The prologue opens with the line: "I have been arrested. For winning a quiz show." Simon Beaufoy wrote the screenplay.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali had enquired about movie rights, and so had Shah Rukh Khan, but Swarup had already sold it to the owners of KBC, Celador.

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india


Where was it shot?


Although it is largely assumed to be Dharavi, the film was extensively shot in the slums of Juhu and Versova. One shot has the children sitting on the Juhu airfield.

What were the damages?

The budget was a modest $55 million (Titanic was $200 million)

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india


How many awards so far?


Not for nothing has the film been described as 'overpraised and overawarded'. From the time of its US release on November 12, it has won 64 awards, both the low-hanging fruit and coveted trophies.

When will it be released in India?

Mark January 23 on your calendar. The English version (Slumdog Millionaire) and Hindi (Slumdog Crorepati) will jingle into theatres.

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india


Was Anil Kapoor Danny Boyle's first choice for the role of game show host?


Yes, the role was offered to Shah Rukh, but Boyle said he couldn't get through to the superstar because of the "several layers of people" in between.

The grapevine has it that Shah Rukh was chary of accepting because of the creepy character he would have to play.

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india


To whom is the music dedicated?


To Shridhar, Rahman's main sound engineer and fourtime national award winner. The 48-year-old worked with Rahman right from Roja, and the composer trusted his judgement implicitly.

When Slumdog was ready, Shridhar thanked Rahman for putting his name on an international album. Soon after, on December 1, he died of a heart attack. Heartbroken, Rahman dedicated the music to his friend.

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india


Has the movie become India Underbelly Shining?


It looks like it. Be it Aravind Adiga's Man Bookerwinning The White Tiger or Slumdog, the unpalatable realities of asli India are up there under the strobe lights for the world to gaze on. From snot-nosed children to the oppressive caste system, it's fodder that is being anew.

While acclaim for drudgery is not new (from Satyajit Ray to Meera Nair's Salaam Bombay), this is probably the first time that the worst of India is being showcased to worldwide commercial acclaim.

source : economic times

Originally posted : times of india


'Slumdog Millionaire' bags 10 Oscar nominations

Inching closer towards an Oscar, composer A R Rahman on Thursday got himself nominated for three Academy awards for his score in
Slumdog Millionaire British-Indian movie "Slumdog Millionaire", which was in all shortlisted for 10 categories including best film and best director.

"Something good is happening and I am really happy about it," was the reaction of Rahman, who became the first Indian to win a triple Oscar nomination. 43-year-old Rahman was nominated for Best Original Score and the numbers 'Jai Ho' and 'O Saya' were shortlisted for the Best Original Song.

Close on the heels of the dual-language film winning four Golden Globes, including one for Rahman, earlier this month, Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy were shortlisted for best director and best adapted screenplay categories.

The film also won nominations in cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing and film editing. David Fincher's romantic periodical "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", starring Brad Pitt, topped this year's race with a whopping 13 nominations.

The nominations were announced at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre by Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker. The winners will be named on February 22 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

Only two Indian have won the coveted Oscar till date, Bhanu Athaiya (for costume design in "Gandhi") and Satyajit Ray, who was given an honorary Oscar for his contribution to films.

This is also the first time that an Indian has won more than one nomination in Oscars history.

Reacting to the nominations, Rahman said, "I did not think it will get there. God has been really kind. And I have to really thank the prayers of all the people and their good wishes. "There is a kind of optimism in the film and so much of positive vibes as you leave the movie hall."

In the original score category, Rahman will compete with Alexandre Desplat ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), James Newton Howard ("Defiance"), Danny Elfman ("Milk") and Thomas Newman ("WALL-E").

Rahman will compete with Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman ("Down to earth" from "WALL-E") in the original song category. Gulzar has penned the lyrics of "Jai Ho" and Mia Arulpragasam "O Saya".

Co-director Loveelyn Tandon said "We have proved everyone wrong. It's a crazy feeling beyond words. Ten nominations is something unbelievable." She said all Rahman's work has been awarded and the "world has finally woken up to his talent". The films for the best picture race are "Milk", "Frost/Nixon", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The Reader".

Those nominated in the best director category along with Boyle are David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), Stephen Daldry ("The Reader"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk") and Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon").

source : economic times


City of fan clubs awaits Slumdog

They celebrate new releases of their heroes as if it were a festival, and are rarely together in welcoming other films. However, fans of Ajith, Vijay, Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan are expecting 'Slumdog Millionaire' with feverish excitement. While the A R Rahman's music is an attraction for nearly everyone, people are also looking forward to the release for reasons which seem to make the movie unique.

    "In a region where game shows and reality shows on satellite channels took time to attract eye-balls, the excitement is an indication that rags-to-riches-stories will always sell," said Kavithalaya Krishnan, a television actor.

    "Look how well 'Padaiyappa' and 'Annamalai' worked," he added. "Eight years ago, not many tuned into television shows where someone walked off with a lot of money. But that has changed," he added. Intelligence and talent are not measured by academics alone anymore, said R Govindarajan, a professor. "Films like 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' work

with the younger generation in Chennai because the film shows a young, married woman competing in a reality show. There has been a gradual shift in the way we acknowledge hardwork in alternate careers," he added

    It is all about aspiration meeting luck, a familiar concept for many. "Today, no one settles for what they have. Everyone wants to move up and do better. Even those in tenements dream of going to the US for higher studies," said Rashmi Kumar, a final-year student of journalism in a city college. "Slumdog sounds like it mirrors our thoughts and hopes," she added

    City-based Dr Gayathri Srikanth, who answered a record 750 questions in twoand-a-half hours in 2007 to qualify for 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' is eager to watch a show that she missed appearing on by 0.96 seconds. "You are considered intelligent if you are seen on a quiz show. What adds drama and emotion to such shows is the fact that luck plays a major role in winning.

    "There is a lot of hard work behind the 15 minutes of fame, but television shows makes you feel it is achievable," said Raghav, and Preetha, the actor couple who have been runnersup on shows such as 'Jodi No 1' and 'Maanada Mayilada'.

    Actor Khushboo, who has been hosting game shows since 2000 is waiting to watch 'Slumdog' for a different reason altogether. "I want to know if the West is portraying India as a down trodden, dirty, place with cities full of slums," she added.

source : timesofindia

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