Slumdog Millionaire was made with all the essential ingredients of how the West perceives India — poverty, slums, Taj Mahal, call centres, Bollywood dance and beggar kids. Director Danny Boyle ensured that all of that is present and backed it with fantastic direction, visuals and music.
However, let us try to closely monitor how much of India does Boyle’s film represent correctly. Here are a few things that Indians, especially Mumbaites would not understand or relate with in Slumdog Millionaire.
But hey, the analysis is purely for fun, and does not dither the film in anyway, which is fantastic in totality.
* The whole game show format with only nine questions instead of 15.
* Jamal actually explaining to the Indian cops that Amitabh Bachchan is the most popular actor in the country.
* Dahipuri on Juhu Chowpatty being referred to as panipuri.
* Slum kids in India really know the name of two Musketeers.
* Every beggar in India singing Darshan do ghanshyam bhajan while begging. And also knowing who wrote it.
* Slum kids who talk in a local Indian language at eight, but start talking in English later on. They also recognise Franklin Roosevelt on a $ 100 note.
* An English speaking chaiwala working in a call centre in Mumbai is unable to recognise Mahatma Gandhi’s picture on a 1000 rupee note.
* Any kid using a revolver knowing it’s called a Colt-45 and also knowing that it refers to its inventor Samuel Colt.