The movie that I’ve watched in class the past lessons is called Slumdog Millionaire. It is about Jamal Malik and the story of his life. He is an eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai. Jamal is in the race for money on the Indian version of ‘‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’’. Because of his extreme knowledge he is suspected to be cheating. The police can’t really believe that a boy from the slums is smart enough to get that far in the contest.
In order to convince the police that he is not guilty and that it’s only pure knowledge, Jamal begins to reflect back on his childhood. For every question that he is asked, you get to see an event from his life. The movie jumps back and forth, and even though it can be really tricky to catch up with movies that are in that sort of way, it’s perfect for this movie.
It makes the movie more important because you get to go back to Jamal’s early life and then come back to present time again. In Slumdog Millionaire you get to follow Jamal Malik’s life, from being a child to becoming a young adult. You also get to see some of the terrible things that daily happens in India, especially to children who just like Jamal and his brother Salim are by themselves without any relatives. They get kidnapped at a young age and are then forced to work for others. It’s not just any job they have to complete, it’s in a business involved with drugs and alcohol for example. These kinds of jobs are very usual and extremely dangerous for the children, since it commonly involves violence too.
I have not read or seen movies that are exactly the same like Slumdog Millionaire, but a bit similar. The movie kind of reminded me a bit of a book that I read a long time ago, which is one of my favourites. The book has also been made into a film and it’s called The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner is a novel about two childhood friends that are torn apart as their country is ravaged by endless war. Some things happen and they lose contact with each other, but after many years one of the boys goes back to the homeland to search for the other boy. Why I compared these two films to each other is because in both stories they go looking for people. Just like Jamal went searching for Latika, in The Kite Runner Amir went back to look for Hassan. I also found these two movies very deep and not like some other meaningless films. They have a meaning and a message that is important.
The message in the movie Slumdog Millionaire is that when it comes to love you can do just about anything. In the movie Jamal went onto ‘’Who wants to be a Millionaire’’, only because he wanted to find Latika, the love of his life. He knew that she loved the programme and that she would be watching. Since he was not allowed to talk to her or see her anymore he went on air so that she could see him wherever she was. Another message from the film is that there are smart people living in the slums, but people underestimate their knowledge only because they live the way they do. People usually have the bad habit of judging others just because they are in a certain way or because they are from a different place. People often look down on others who have it worse than they do. Instead of helping or giving something to the poor we either look down on them or we look the other way. The title of the film that is a combination for two opposites is a symbol for that there is a chance that some slumdogs can end up being millionaires. You can’t judge everyone by their looks or history. If you’d give them just one chance they might surprise you. The third message is that you need to have hope and patience.
You should never give up on what you believe. Jamal never stopped looking for Latika because somewhere deep down he knew that someday they would be together. He believed in fate and that ‘’ it was written’’ for them to be together. Jamal and Latika are two important characters in the film. Jamal is a smart young boy and not crazy like his brother. He is calm and reasonable. Latika is a beautiful girl who is in love with Jamal. They met when they were kids, and since then they have always loved each other. When Jamal and Salim hopped on a train, a train that Latika also was meant to be on, Jamal and Latika lost each other. But the love they felt, never disappeared. Years after, their roads crossed again and this time they refused to let go, even though the surroundings were much more different now. I think the two main characters in Slumdog Millionaire are credible, because they love each other a lot, and when you are in love you do actions out of love without thinking twice about the consequences. It’s like you are blind to everything, but the one you love.
You don’t care about anything or anyone and nothing else matters. I myself am a huge believer in fate. I don’t think that things happen like coincidence when it comes to life and love. I am not the most religious type, but I’m not atheist either for sure. I believe in a higher power and that God or whoever is there actually exists. I believe that there is a bigger plan for each and every one of us that is meant to happen. We all have a road planned for us, but which path we choose to walk is up to ourselves. If we choose the wrong path it’s our responsibility to live up to the consequences that follow. Even though I believe in fate doesn’t mean I should just sit and wait for things to happen for me. I have to be own hero most of the times. It’s just comforting to believe that there is someone up there over the clouds watching over sometimes.
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