‘A few hours ago, you were giving chai for the phone walahs. And now you're richer than they will ever be. What a player!’ said Prem Kumar who is the emcee of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’. A tear-jerking movie by Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire, wowed audiences in 2008. Many people believe that the main theme of the film is love. However, I believe there is something more than love in this film; poverty. Boyle took the poverty of India and used it in his film to give knowledge to the audience. He wanted to effect people with this painful subject. He creates poverty with imagery and he shows how poverty makes people hopeless but he also shows how people can persevere in the face of hopelessness or despair.
Danny Boyle is one of the most successful moviemakers in Hollywood, and he is known for his gritty depictions and tactile imagery that often makes his audiences squirm in his seat. He doesn’t want to make the audience relax. He wants to make the audience feel what the characters feel. Boyle tries to make us feel the poverty. Therefore he uses imagery. For example, at the beginning of the movie, when Jamal is being interrogated, the screen is yellow. Yellow is reminiscent of sickness. The audience can see how the children are pale faced and sickly. Boyle uses color to visualize poverty. He also uses sound imagery to make the audience feel compassion for the characters. When the audience listens to Latika`s voice, they feel sympathy. The audience meets with Latika at the train station while it is raining so hard. When she is saying her name to Jamal the audience can feel how innocent she is. This innocent makes the audience feel sympathy. In addition in this scene we have sound of rain, which shifts depend on Latika’s voice. Boyle shows their poverty by sound imagery that’s why the character`s voices are husky and that’s why Latika’s voice shifts depend on the sound of rain. Also there is another part where we see sound imagery....
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