More than two years after it’s debut, I finally got Varun to watch Slumdog Millionaire! When it originally hit the theatres Varun was completing his last year of Engineering and was something of a hermit; since then, we’ve never gotten around to watching it.
Until last night.
A friend of ours, K, came over for chai and Slumdog Millionaire. I probably should have warned K that Varun and I are chronic movie talkers.( I feel like people like us should come with warning labels). Luckily, we found each other, and chatter through movies. Here’s an example:
(Watching the scene were the slum gets attacked)
Me: Oh my gosh, that’s SO sad!
Varun: That must be the Mumbai riots.
Me: AH! (covering eyes)
Varun: Wow, that was bad.
Me: Can you imagine watching your mom get clubbed to death?
Varun: Who’s that girl?
Me: Why aren’t the police doing anything?
Varun: I think that was…1993.
Me: This is so sad. I want to adopt those kids. Oh, uhh…sorry, K, we talk a lot.
K: Haha (silence)
Anyway, despite our chatter, it was a fantastic cinematic experience! I was, once again, impressed by the director’s ability to switch between past and present without causing confusion. I loved the mixture of Hindi and English, which was enough to be realistic and not too much to feel like it’s a completely foreign film. Most of all, I loved seeing India. The good, the bad, the ugly. Like any movie, I’m sure this was accurate in some portrayals and not in others. Mostly though, it opened my eyes and heart to how many, many people live in a daily struggle of survival.
What were your thoughts? Love it? Hate it?