Simon Beaufoy, who adapted the screenplay for 'Slumdog' from the novel 'Q&A' by Vikas Swarup, made three research trips to India to interview street children.
He says he wanted to convey the slums' "sense of this huge amount of fun, laughter, chat, and sense of community".
Story Turns Into Reality Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle has come to the rescue of child stars Azharuddin Ismail and Rubina Ali after they were left homeless following a slum clearing drive by Mumbai authorities. Boyle has bought a new home for Ismail, who played young Salim in the Oscar winning film, and is planning to do the same for Rubina.After the huge success of Slumdog Millionaire , the film bosses had established the Jai Ho Trust last year (08) to help fund their education.However, the kids' recent plight compelled Boyle and producer Christian Colson to fly to Mumbai this week to see how they could help the young stars.
During filming, Azza, the Mumbai boy who was cast as Jamal's brother Salim, had his house bulldozed by the city council a common occurrence in the slums where much of the shoot took place. The crew found him sleeping on a car roof.
The three youngest child leads, who were all cast from the Mumbai slums, are now having their schooling funded by the film's producers. With the promise of a trust fund should they pass their exams at 16.
Anil Kapoor, who plays Prem Kumar, the host of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' in 'Slumdog', donated his fee to Plan India, a child development NGO in Delhi, devoted to raising awareness about child abuse, trafficking, education and rehabilitating deprived children (The Independent)
After its rapturous reception in Britain and America, knives are being sharpened for Slumdog Millionaire . "Vile," is how Alice Miles described the movie in The Times.
" Slumdog Millionaire is poverty porn" that invites the viewer to enjoy the miseries it depicts , she adds.
"If Slumdog Millionaire projects India as a third-world, dirty, underbelly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations," he bellowed.
"It's just that the Slumdog Millionaire idea, authored by an Indian and conceived and cinematically put together by a westerner, gets creative global recognition ," (Amitabh Bachchan - Bollywood actor)
many fans have rushed to the defence of Boyle's movie.
"Slumdog doesn't show a complete picture of India or Indians, but few movies show a complete picture of any place or people, particularly a sprawling, expressive, multicultural city like Mumbai. You see a mere slice.
Slumdog shows poverty, and it shows wealth, and it shows someone who survives one and is unconcerned with the other. What he is concerned with is LOVE. And that is so Indian."
Accurately Representing the Two Sides of India
Slumdog bridges these two India's by cutting between a world of poverty and the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." It tells the story of an orphan from the slums of Mumbai who is born into a brutal existence. A petty thief, impostor and survivor, mired in dire poverty, he improvises his way up through the world and remembers everything he has learned.
( Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun Times)
1.) Impoverished India: The India of Mother Teresa still exists. Because it is side-by-side with the new India, it is easily seen. People living in the streets. A woman crawling from a cardboard box. Men bathing at a fire hydrant. Men relieving themselves by the roadside. 2.) Middle Class India: On the other hand, the world's largest middle class, mostly lower-middle, but all the more admirable. The India of millionaires. Mercedes-Benzes and Audis. Traffic like Demo Derby. Luxury condos. Exploding education. A booming computer segment.
"This is a film so upbeat and colourful that, by the time you're relaying its infectious air of optimism to friends, you could forget that it features orphans, slaughter, organised crime, poverty, enslavement and police brutality in its crowd-pleasing repertoire of suffering and renewal,"
"Hell, it even ends with a get-up-and-dance Bollywood number on the platform of Mumbai's Victoria Terminus.”
(Time Out magazine)
The Feel-Good Film of the Year?
Bollywood Cinema and its Representation of India
Boyle was slightly uncomfortable with the film's marketing campaign, which features posters of the two leads grinning in a shower of confetti with a quote calling it the "feel-good film of the decade".
Considering that the film features poverty, torture and murder, says Boyle, "You can't go in expecting it to be 'Mamma Mia!'” (The Independent)