SLumdog Millionaire in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico
Dev Patel and Freida Pinto have had their lives are changed forever. They are the young stars of the movie Slumdog Millionaire which, after winning the Golden Globe and SAG awards for best picture, may well go on win the Oscar as well.
The story is about a Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums and becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
I first saw these talented young actors on “Ellen” and my interest was piqued then. They are both delightful and totally stunned by all the attention their film is receiving. I was also intrigued as some of the cast members were indeed real “slumdogs”.
My son’s girlfriend had downloaded this film on DVD and so my husband settled in to watch it over the week-end. We both were quite prepared to enjoy it as it had received a great of hype.
I was unprepared for the violence and spent a good deal of the time under our duvet but persevered as I wanted to like this film.
It is a very powerful and ultimately uplifting story and, in my opinion, a definite “must see”.
There are a series of flash backs to the lives of three young people growing up in deplorable conditions. There are two brothers and a girl, who the youngest brother falls in love with at a very young age, after they watch their mother being killed in front of their eyes. These actors who play the young brothers, Jamal and Salim and the young Latika are charming and you cannot help being moved by their circumstances.
Their sprit and hopefulness amidst the most dire of conditions they find themselves in is, indeed, heartwarming to say the least.
In these times of economic crises and uncertainty a Cinderella film like “Slumdog Millionaire” lifts ones spirits and makes us, yet again, reflect on how very lucky we are to have the things in our lives for which we can be thankful. Not the least of which is the peace and beauty of life in Ajijic, Lake Chapala.
Life without hope is no life at all and if Jamal and Latika can have hope then so must we.