The multi award winning film written by Vikas Swarup and directed by Danny Boyle explores the themes of poverty and the effects it has on a child’s life and the way they grow up. The film follows the lives of Jamal, Latika and Salim from a young age growing up and experiencing the worst of the poverty struck slums. The slums are a tough place to grow up and a large number both children and adults, just like Salim, are forced into illegal crime groups to earn money to feed themselves. The lack of food and shelter shows that they would do anything, like trusting a man they did not know so they could have somewhere to stay and ‘get out’ of the chain of poverty. However, the experiences Jamal, Salim and Latika have throughout the film show that ‘slum dog’s have a certain resilience in the face of extreme poverty. Additionally, none of those characters would have ‘made peace’ with one another if they hadn’t have survived the challenges they faced growing up. The film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ explores the topic of poverty in a way ta makes it a relatable and entertaining film for all.
There is a strong link between poverty and crime where young people are forced through desperation to earn money illegally. Throughout the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, the character Salim is constantly battling between his alter ego - the power-hunting rebel that lands him in an illegal gang. From when he was a young boy he always wanted to come out on top of his brother Jamal, and did that by sticking by Maman and playing a part in the blinding of the orphanage boy and buying a gun and killing Maman. In the beginning of the film when Jamal and Salim end up at the Taj Mahal they begin to make a living out of illegal ‘tour guiding’. This shows the lengths the children would go to, to earn money and make a living. Salim was desperate and would do anything like taking the love of Jamal’s life and gave her to his boss to save