Lifestyles of the Broke and Unknown
In 2009, the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year was awarded to Christian Colson for the movie Slumdog Millionaire. This is the success story of an uneducated youth, raised in slums of India, who was granted the opportunity to compete in the Indian version of the popular US TV game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. In the end our main character, Jamal Malik (played by Dav Patel), wins the 20 million rupees. A big question wondered by the game show host is how a young man from the slums knows the answers to every question when other worldly and scholarly men, in high ranking positions were never able to answer every question. By chance each question he is asked manages to pertain to an event of importance in his life. With every question we flashbacked to a time in Jamal’s life where something happened to him and he picked up some fact along the way. Coincidentally those memories of the moments in his life would be the answers he would use to change his life. Most of the experiences depicted in the film of Jamal’s life, starred a young girl named Latika (played by Freida Pinto). She became not only the love of his life but also his motivation that drove him to play the Who Wants to be a Millionaire in the first place.
“Was she pretty? ... I guess not.” –Police Inspector “The most beautiful woman in the world.”—Jamal Malik
“He means "the bitch of the slums." [Laughs] –Constable His integrity and honesty are called into question the further he advances in the game. A main focal point of this movie was Jamal’s social class status, his gender among his social class and the comparative to other classes. The background story to this movie also shows the status of Latika’s gender in her race and social class in comparison to the opposite gender in any other class. It is easily concluded that woman are treated far differently than men are in this societal class and race. From the...