Slumdog Millionare

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One important conflict from the film “slumdog millionaire” directed by Danny Boyle, is between Jamal (the main character of the film, and a show contestant on “who wants to be a millionaire”) and Prem Kumar (the show host of “who wants to be a millionaire”)

The conflict between Jamal and Prem is ongoing throughout the film. Prem is out to stop Jamal from winning the show “who wants to be a millionaire”. He doesn’t want Jamal to steal his light away. Prem was the only slumdog in history to win the prestigious game and wants to hold the title, this is why he sabotages Jamals chances and does everything in his power to stop Jamal being the second. This is where the conflict stars.

The conflict is portrayed to us through many techniques; I will be discussing three techniques used to affectively convey to us the conflict.

The first technique I will be discussing is the contrast between the characters and also the acting styles of the actors. The contrast is huge. Jamal is a very shy character that is always looking out of place. He is also a very serious character, never joking around or mucking about, he gets straight to the point. But prem is the complete opposite. He is the type of show host that feeds off the audience’s response. He will make jokes at the expense of Jamal because he is week and shy and seems like an easy target to him. For example, he says, “what does an assistant phone basher do?” and laughs mocking Jamal. He is an arrogant, character. This helps me understand the conflict through clashing personalities. The acting style also really helps with Jamals character talking quietly and humbly, while the actor that plays prem is cocky and loud.

Another great technique Danny Boyle used is cinematography. The cinematography in the film was very well thought through. It really shows the conflict just through the shots used. One example was the great birds-eye-view shot that showed the conflict by making the studio look like a fighting arena....
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