Slumdog Millionaire gets Pre Oscar!

8 12 2008

This movie should be a must watch for all.

Director Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was named best film of 2008 by the National Board of Review on Thursday in the first major award of the Oscar season.

Following the likes of indie films like ‘Juno’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, the board’s picks are usually considered as an indicator to the Academy Awards in February.

Having scooped up ‘Best British Independent Film’, ‘Best Director’ and actor Dev Patel as ‘Most Promising Newcomer of the Year’ at the British Independent Film Awards on 30 November, the film grossed over US$3.7 million in the United States alone.

The strengths of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ lie in its vivid cinematography, upbeat soundtrack and large cast of local talent.

“Slumdog Millionaire, with brilliant direction by Danny Boyle and incredible performances, shares a passionate story about one man’s courage and determination for the woman he loves,” said Annie Schulhof, the board’s president.

Based on the bestselling novel ‘Q&A’ by Vikas Swarup, the film tells the tale of a poor boy in India who gets a shot at winning millions on television game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” as he tried to reunite with his lost love.
Source: ChannelNewsAsia

Here is the IMDB Synopsis for the film:

“The story of Jamal Malik (Patel), an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika (Pinto), the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. Each chapter of Jamal’s increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show’s seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out. At the heart of its exuberant storytelling lies the intriguing question of how anyone comes to know the things they know about life and love.”

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