Telegraph s Jenny McCartney writes: When the children were flown over to attend the Oscars ceremony and Disneyland, they were a palpable hit with cooing celebrities. Then it was back to mumbai, and ordinary life with their parents, all of whom bear the scars of poverty. Aside from the appalling squalor in which the families live, azharuddins father Ismail has tb, and his mother one eye. Last gpa week azharuddin was pictured crying in the aftermath of a beating from his father for refusing to talk again to the media. Rubianas mother—who reportedly abandoned the family five years ago—made a sudden reappearance, clumsily attempting to wrest Rubiana physically from her father Rafiq. Given the films tremendous success, a lot of attention has been devoted to whats going to happen to these very adorable and talented children. The latest is that the Indian government will re-house the families and the filmmakers are going to pay for the childrens schooling, living and other expenses as well as additional monetary compensation once they turn. Both of the kids have also been cast for a cameo appearance. Bollywood film, so who knows, maybe they will become big Bollywood stars one day.
Slumdog Millionaire s happy ending. As muzumdar writes. Newsweek : people keep praising the films realistic depiction of slum life in India. But its no such thing. Slum life is a cage. It robs you of confidence in the face of the rich and the advantaged. It steals your pride, deadens plan your ambition, limits your imagination and psychologically cripples you whenever you step outside the comfort zone of your own neighborhood. Most people in the slums never achieve a fairy-tale ending. Two of the child stars of, slumdog Millionaire —nine-year-old Rubiana Ali, who played Latika and 10-year-old Azharuddin Mohammed, who played Salim, the main characters older brother—were cast from the slums of Mumbai.
return to top of the page - links : q a : reviews : Slumdog Millionaire - the film : vikas Swarup : Other books of interest under review : see index of Indian literature - return to top of the page - about. return to top of the page the complete review main the new the best the rest review Index links. Total Lifetime Grosses, domestic: 141,319,928.4, foreign: 236,590,616.6, worldwide: 377,910,544, domestic Summary. Widest Release: 2,943 theaters, close Date: may 28, 2009, in Release: 198 days /.3 weeks. One mans slum is another mans home and recycling business. A photo essay. Foreign Policy takes a look at Mumbais, dharavi slum, where up to one million people live. Around 15,000 single-room factories and other entrepreneurial ventures result in an economic output of up to 1 billion in this settlement alone. Journalist Sudip muzumdar, who grew up on the streets of Kolkata, provides a reality check on life in the slums and the probability.
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There's also one very lucky coin. Ram makes some good friends and (inevitably) falls in love with a prostitute and he tries to do good and sometimes winds thesis up doing bad (there's quite a bit of blood dripping from his hands too, by the end). There are many scenes from the life of the poor and their particular hard lives (the lives of the rich he encounters are hard too, just differently) and Swarup introduces all sorts of characters suffering all sorts of Indian fates. Unfortunately, the book is almost all a blur, as he only quickly recounts the stories (or rather: miseries before hurrying off to the next episode. This book skims the surface (adroitly - it stays afloat) and doesn't ponder any depths, murky or clear.
There's some fun in all this, but it wears a bit thin after a while too. Swarup is creative in his invention, but the book is more a cartoon than anything resembling a novel. Swarup gamely plows ahead - and ahead and ahead, all the way. Well, we won't give it away, but you can guess how most things turn out. His narrator is only eighteen years old, and Swarup doesn't offer a fully convincing voice, but it's adequate for his purposes. Q a is readable, and on some level quite entertaining - but it's too eager and too simple and ultimately only a throwaway read.
In many ways the book is like one long retch, with those brief deceptive periods of comforting calm between otherwise unstoppable flows. Framing the story is Ram's greatest triumph: he participated in an Indian tv quiz show, Who will Win a billion? (also known as W3B ) - and, despite being an uneducated waiter, became the first contestant to answer all twelve questions correctly and take the prize. At the beginning of the book he is arrested for this grand feat, the television producers charging that he must have cheated and that they shouldn't have to pay. Tortured by the police, he gets a reprieve when a lawyer is willing to at least listen to his side of the story, demanding to hear the full story of how Ram could have answered all these questions. By telling episodes from his life ram slowly reveals what he has experienced - and, incidentally, how he came to know the answers to these particular questions.
It's not a bad framing device, and for the most part it works surprisingly well. Some of the larger ideas in the novel - all the way down to a dramatic final showdown over the last question - also work quite well (and should make for a decent film version). What works less well is Ram's teeming life story: all of Dickens' books put together don't seem to contain this much misery, evil, heartbreak, retribution, and reversals (and re-reversals) of fortune. Ram isn't merely orphaned once, but several times. He has to fend for himself from a relatively early age, and every time he seems to have found a place where he is safe catastrophe strikes. From the spectacular murder-suicide of the priest who had raised him as a young child to his going to work for someone he discovers is a contract killer, there's blood and gore and danger everywhere. This is a book full of murders, with a couple of suicides thrown in for good measure too - as well as additional horrific demises (death by rabies!) - not to mention sexual violations galore, the intentional maiming of children, theft, corruption, international espionage, all.
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(.) If the prose style make suggests social realism, the spirit of this novel is cinematic, even cartoon-like.(.) even if some of Ram's adventures fail to sustain the narrative impetus, a broad and sympathetic humanity underpins the whole book. Perhaps that is why, when it was finally time for Ram's good luck to hold, i was moved as well as relieved." - edward Smith, The telegraph "Mingling broad humour with incisive social comment, this is an absorbing and entertaining read." - christina koning, The. Similarly the illustrative"s chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge (and remind and warn you) that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. return to top of the page - the complete review 's review : In q a ram Mohammad Thomas tells the story of his life and all its ups and downs. He's just eighteen, and yet he has experienced one hell of a roller-coaster ride of a life, its fast and abrupt falls and rises leaving the reader dizzy and whiplashed. Swarup is relentless, too: he never eases up on the pace or the back and forth between good and bad fortune.
Review Consensus : Has some flaws, but most thought it was okay. From the reviews : T)here's a can-do optimism driving the hero. Q a, vikas Swarup's enjoyable debut, that translates well for us audiences, even if the book itself is ultimately uneven. (.) What mars q a can best be book described as a tonal problem. While this reader appreciated Ram's unwillingness to wallow in despair, many of the events he describes are so harrowing that the novel's brisk, even breezy, pace can seem disconcerting." - yvonne zipp, Christian Science monitor "die anekdotenhaften skizzen seines Überlebenskampfes im ungemütlichen indischen Alltag sind. (.) Ist der Schock des drastischen Prologs aber einmal überwunden, arrangiert man sich leicht mit der achselzuckenden Erzählweise, die soziales Elend drastisch, aber frei von anklagender Gesellschaftskritik schildert: so lebt es sich eben heute in Indiens urbaner Unterschicht. (.) Denn zumindest langweilig ist diese nie" - sabine löhr, Frankfurter Allgemeine zeitung "The connections between Ram's tales and the quiz-show questions are clever, but Swarup's prose is flat. (.) When it is turned into the movie it wants to be, q a will be a delight." - elsa dixler, The new York times book review T)he compelling cacophony comes together with joyous precision." - meg Rosoff, people "This is India at its most.
needs. To e-mail us: support the site buy us books! Amazon wishlist the complete review - fiction, q a slumdog Millionaire ) by, vikas Swarup general information review summaries our review links about the author, originally published. Q a, the book has now (2009) been reissued. Slumdog Millionaire, q a was made into a film in 2008, Slumdog Millionaire, directed by danny boyle - return to top of the page, our Assessment: b- : slapdash tour of struggling in contemporary India, with far too much stuffed. See our review for fuller assessment.
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