What do you get when you take an American based game show and broadcast it in the country of India? Enter Danny Boyle’s interpretation of the Vikas Swarup novel titled “Q & A”. Slumdog Millionaire is an excitingly inspirational film that showcases the young talent of Dev Patel (Jamal Malik) and Freida Pinto (Latika) as they take on the role of two lovers intertwined in the hardships that encompass their Indian uprising.

Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of Jamal Malik, a teenage orphan who was brought up in the slums of Mumbai. As the film opens Jamal is one question away from winning 20 million Rupees on the hit game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” As we bear witness to all the sights and sounds created on the set we envision ourselves in the crowd and then the screen nonchalantly fades to black. We are presented with a question and a series of answers vaguely giving us clue to how a teenage boy might have made his way on the show. As viewers we store these words in the back of or minds for later recollection, assuming it is necessary. In this film our recollection abandons us and Danny Boyle grabs us from our seats and places us into present-day India.

The story truly begins as we lay eyes on the events that have shaped Jamal as a young boy. From the moment he meets his childhood hero to the circumstances that land him a spot on the hit show. During the progression of the movie, India progresses as a country entering into the “center of the world”. In many cases we can in vision Jamal from as India itself, learning and progressing through his live and when he finally makes his way onto the show India is at the center stage of the world. The layering of the story is a very important aspect to the film as well. From the moment Jamal meets his love interest Latika he is inspired to do whatever it takes to be with her even if it means helping her escape the most dangerous crime syndicates in India. Throughout Slumdog we are confronted with the various ideologies, customs, and beliefs that have established India as a country and we feel like a part of it.

The film might take a little time to adjust to, due to the loud music and the dizzying of the camerawork. But once your eyes get comfortable it will suddenly all become sweet to the taste.