Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. Composer A.R. After its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and later screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival,[9] Slumdog Millionaire had a nationwide release in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2009, in India on 23 January 2009,[10] and in the United States on 25 December 2008. Cast members celebrate with producer Christian Colson (R) after "Slumdog Millionaire" won the Best Motion Picture Oscar during the 81st Academy Awards … [5], The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on 31 March 2009. A.R. Through a series of flashbacks, Jamal recounts the incidents in his life that provided him with each answer. Thrust into the Spotlight. And at every turn is fabricated. ... [T]he whole construction is tied to a gimmicky narrative strategy that keeps Slumdog Millionaire from really hitting its stride until the last 30 minutes. Although he professes his love for her, she tells him to forget about her. The dubbed Hindi version, Slumdog Crorepati, did better at the box office, and additional copies of that version were released. [61] It earned ₹23,545,665 (equivalent to ₹48 million or US$670,000 in 2019) in its first week at the Indian box office,[62] or $2.2 million according to Fox Searchlight. Slumdog Millionaire bagged 8 Oscar statuettes today, February 23, at the 81st Annual Academy Awards, including the Best Film, Best Director and the Best Original Score. After an initial beating, the police inspector listens to Jamal's explanation of how he knew each answer. At Javed's safehouse, Latika sees Jamal on the news. [33], In August 2007, Warner Independent Pictures acquired the North American rights and Pathé the international rights to distribute Slumdog Millionaire theatrically. A few notable filmmakers such as Aamir Khan and Priyadarshan have been critical of the film. Slumdog Millionaire was first shown at the Telluride Film Festival on 30 August 2008, where it was positively received by audiences, generating "strong buzz". [19] Filming locations included shooting in Mumbai's megaslum and in shantytown parts of Juhu, so film-makers controlled the crowds by befriending onlookers. Regarded as a sleeper hit, Slumdog Millionairewas widely acclaimed, being praised for its plot, soundtrack and direction. Author and critic Salman Rushdie argues that it has "a patently ridiculous conceit. [94], The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman, who planned the score for over two months and completed it in two weeks. [60], Fox Searchlight released 351 prints of the film across India for its full release there on 23 January 2009. [63] Following the film's success at the 81st Academy Awards, the film's takings in India increased by 470% the following week, bringing its total up to $6.3 million that week. In an effort to make amends for his past behavior, Salim gives Latika his mobile phone and car keys. "[87], Slumdog Millionaire has been a subject of discussion among a variety of people in India and the Indian diaspora. Jamal Malik is the main protagonist of the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. He manages to obtain the autograph of Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan after jumping into an outhouse cesspit. [90][91] Ana Cristina Mendes (2010) places Boyle's film in the context of the aestheticising and showcasing of poverty in India for artistic (and commercial) purposes, and proceeds to examine "the modes of circulation of these representations in the field of cultural production, as well as their role in enhancing the processes of ever-increasing consumption of India-related images. The brothers successfully board the moving train, but Latika is unable to keep up. The film's success at the Academy Awards led to it seeing large increases in takings in the Asia-Pacific region. Rather, Sengupta argues the film's "reductive view" of such slums is likely to reinforce negative attitudes to those who live there. ", By the summer of 2006, British production companies Celador Films and Film4 Productions invited director Danny Boyle to read the script of Slumdog Millionaire. 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He asks her to forgive him and tells her to find Jamal. It won seven BAFTA … [1][2] The film opened nationwide in the United States on 26 December 2008, earning over $4,000,000 in its first weekend in wide release. [36] As of 15 March 2009, Slumdog Crorepati had grossed ₹158,613,802 (equivalent to ₹320 million or US$4.5 million in 2019) at the Indian box office. Salim gets a job with Javed—a rival crime lord. 2 at the UK box office. The title sequence was nominated at the 2009 Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival in the Broadcast Design Award category in competition with the Match of the Day Euro 2008 titles by Aardman and two projects by Agenda Collective. It was shot on a digital camera, the Silicon Imaging SI-2K video camera, in 2K resolution digital video. Latika is fearful and reluctant, but agrees and escapes. Javed hears Latika on the show and realizes that Salim has betrayed him. [44] In the weekend of 27 February to 1 March, the film reached its widest release at 2,943 theatres. Anthony Dod Mantlethe wins the Oscar for Cinematography for Slumdog Millionaire at the 81st Academy Awards. The release production was mixed up; some full versions were shipped in rental cases, and some retail versions were missing the extras despite their being listed on the outside of the box. This record-breaking "ticket surge" in the second weekend came after Slumdog Millionaire won four Golden Globes and received eleven BAFTA nominations. He smiles and laughs while hesitating, then uses his "Phone-A-Friend" lifeline to call Salim, because it is the only phone number that Jamal knows. [53] As of 17 May 2009, the total UK gross was over £31.6 million. The film grossed £6.1 million in its first eleven days of release in the UK. [94] Many elements of the film, including the apparent redemption of Salim at the end of his life and the film's subjugation of the suffering of peripheral characters to the romantic aspirations of Jamal, are characteristic, say such critics, of a naïve, Providence-based vision of reality. Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. 's record label N.E.E.T.. On Radio Sargam, film critic Goher Iqbal Punn termed the soundtrack Rahman's "magnum opus" which will acquaint "the entire world" with his artistry. Jamal lies his way into Javed's residence in order to reunite with Latika. Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy wrote Slumdog Millionaire based on the Boeke Prize-winning and Commonwealth Writers' Prize-nominated novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup. "[18] Boyle then decided to translate nearly a third of the film's English dialogue into Hindi. "[74] On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 86 out of 100, based on 36 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". [82] Several other reviewers have described Slumdog Millionaire as a Bollywood-style "masala" movie,[83] due to the way the film combines "familiar raw ingredients into a feverish masala"[84] and culminates in "the romantic leads finding each other. The movie has a different story from the book. The movie unfolds in a start-and-stop way that kills suspense, leans heavily on flashbacks and robs the movie of most of its velocity. [13] However, in May 2008, Warner Independent Pictures was shut down, with all of its projects being transferred to Warner Bros., its parent studio. [62], A few analysts have offered their opinions about the film's performance at the Indian box office. Salim grabs her hand, but purposefully lets go, leaving her to be recaptured by Maman. [93], Academic criticism has also been extended to the underlying philosophy of the film, with its apparent ends-justify-means message. In the People's Republic of China, the film grossed $2.2 million in its opening weekend (27–29 March). In addition, trade analyst Amod Mehr has stated that with the exception of Anil Kapoor, the film lacks recognisable stars and that "the film... is not ideally suited for Indian sentiment." [13], In addition to Swarup's original novel Q & A, the film was also inspired by Indian cinema. 1 in its second weekend and set a UK box office record, as the film's takings increased by 47%. [66] It is the eighth film ever to win eight Academy Awards[67] and the eleventh Best Picture Oscar winner without a single acting nomination and was the last film to do so until Parasite in 2019. Accused of cheating, Jamal recounts his life story to the police, illustrating how he is able to answer each question correctly. M.I.A., who was nine months pregnant and due to deliver on the day of the Grammy Awards ceremony in February 2009, performed with rappers T.I.,… Its biggest single country increase was in Italy, where it was up 556% from the previous week. [54] The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 1 June 2009. HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Amid great fanfare, the 81st Academy Awards ended Sunday night, with "Slumdog Millionaire" becoming the biggest winner grabbing eight honors. Slumdog Millionaire was critically acclaimed and named in the top ten lists of various newspapers. [41] As the brothers flee the riot they meet Latika, a girl from their slum. The three are found by Maman—a gangster who trains street children to become beggars. A film a 2009-es Oscar-díj átadón elnyerte a legjobb filmnek járó díjat és további 7 kategóriában diadalmaskodott. Warner Independent Pictures gave $5 million and got the rights to the film. The film, it is also suggested, celebrates characters and places that might be seen as symbolic of Western culture and models of development. In a final attempt to reach her, he decides to become a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, because he knows she watches the show regularly. When the question is asked, Jamal uses his 50/50 lifeline, leaving Kumar's answer and the correct one. [46] The film reached No. Some film critics have responded positively to the film, others objected to issues such as Jamal's use of British English or the fact that similar films by Indian filmmakers have not received equal recognition. In 2010, the Independent Film & Television Alliance selected the film as one of the 30 Most Significant Independent Films of the last 30 years. Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for ten Academy Awards. The Critics' Choice award - along with four others for the film - catapults Slumdog Millionaire to the status of Oscar favourite. He is correct and wins the grand prize. [65] On 22 February 2009, the film won eight out of ten Academy Awards for which it was nominated, including the Best Picture and Best Director. Over its entire theatrical run, the film earned over $141,000,000 over 29 weeks in the United States and Canada, $52,000,000 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and an additional $184,000,000 in other international markets. [ii][27] The rags-to-riches, underdog theme was also a recurring theme in classic Bollywood movies from the 1950s through to the 1980s, when "India worked to lift itself from hunger and poverty. During the same week, the film debuted in other European countries with successful openings: in Croatia it grossed $170,419 from 10 screens, making it the biggest opening there in the last four months; and in Poland it opened in second place with a gross of $715,677. "[89], The film has been subject to serious academic criticism. 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