Fritz's World: Slumdog Millionaire
In these and other ways, as I suggest below, Slumdog represents a thoroughly relationship between the object/culture of the camera's gaze and the subject/ and the child actors who played Jamal, Salim and Latika in the first third of. Slumdog Millionaire follows the life of Jamal Malik, an year-old boy who . throughout the movie through her relationships with Maman and Salim. and punishment are ways that are used to treat people as the “Other”. explained, hinges on Salim and Jamal‟s ability to extemporize the language in . The different ways of addressing Jamal Malik show the relationship between.
He guesses the answer and is right. Jamal and Latika meet at the station and walk away together. Characters Jamal Malik Jamal is call center assistant in Mumbai who is suspected of cheating on the TV-show Who wants to be a millionaire. Salim Jamal s older brother.
He works for Javed Khan, a gangster boss. Latika A girl Jamal and Salim met when they were street children in the Dahravi slum. She now lives with Javed Khan. Maman A cruel gangster who sends children to beg on the street. Sergeant Srinivas The police inspector who interrogates Jamal. Prem Kumar The host of the popular quiz show Who wants to be a Millionaire?.
Amitabh Bachchan One of the most popular stars of Bollywood cinema. Javed Khan A gangster boss. A question in the quiz show style appears: Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees.
How did he do it? He s lucky C. He s a genius D. At the end of the film the question is answered.
The picture freezes over the final kiss between Jamal and Latika and a black screen similar to the one in the beginning appears with nothing but the answer: Throughout the film there are also many instances in whichwhen the characters refer to fate or destiny. I knew I d find you in the end. It s our destiny, Jamal says to Latika after having freed her from Maman.
When Salim asks Jamal why he can t let go of Latika, Jamal answers She is my destiny and in the last scene when Jamal and Latika are reunited he affirms: This is our destiny. Another instance when destiny is invoked is the scene in which Prem Kumar tries to trick Jamal into giving the wrong answer by writing the wrong number at the bathroom mirror and telling him Maybe it is written.
In spite of the answer given at the end, the film shows that the other answers to the question How did he do it? Jamal has a lot of luck, and he knows most of the answers in Who wants to be a millionaire? He knew that Amitabh Bachchan was the star of a film, because he struggled so hard to get his autograph. He knew that Surdas wrote the poem Darshan Do Ghanshyam, because those were the lyrics to Maman s favourite song. He remembers whose portrait is on the backside backside of a ddollar bill by way ofthrough a touching conversation with his blinded friend Arvind.
Sometimes Jamal just guesses the answer. In both cases B. He s Lucky would be valid. But there are also moments when A. He cheated and D. He s a genius also come into question.
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Jamal is a truthful man, but he uses many kinds of tricks and cheats to get what he wants. He works as a trickster guide and thief at the Taj Mahal. He is witty and cunning.
He lies his way into the Javed Khan s house, by claiming he is a cook first and then a dishwasher. He tricks his way into the TV-show, because he knows that the telephone lines for candidates open when Prem Kumar says the word if. Jamal also shows signs of real ingenuity.
The psychological calculation that leads him to the right answer, when Prem Kumar gives him the wrong one, is very cleversmart. His witintellect also helps him when the police interrogate himhe is interrogated by the police. When Jamal speaks about knowledge to the police inspector, he shows real signs of genius.
His story about the things that everybody in the Dharavi slum knows is a clever parable of knowledge and learning, and a witty way to get the police officer on his side. Jamal also knows how to use a computer in the call-center for his purposes, although he never officially learned to do it. You don t need to be a genius, but in a way, he is. The film begins with a quiz question. Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 Million rupees?
He s a genius. At the end of the film D. It is written is revealed as the correct answer. What would your answer have been? Could other answers be valid as well? It is also a story of two brothers who couldn t be more different. The different character of each of the brothers is reflected in their attitudes towards money.
While Jamal gives everything to reach his idealistic goals, Salim sees things and people in terms of their monetary value. These character traits are apparent from the very start. When Jamal jumps into the sewer to get an autograph of his idol Amitabh Bacchan there is literally no shit too deep to stop him from attaining his goals. The next scene shows Salim selling the hard won autograph to the projectionist at the nearby cinema.
From selling the autograph, to his breakup with Jamal, most of Salim s decisions are based on how to get enough money to leave poverty behind.
He is more than willing to be Maman s dog and push the other beggar children around to earn more on the streets.
He cruelly threatens to drop a baby to the ground and tells Latika to keep it crying, so she will earn more money. After Jamal has dragged him back to Mumbai to look for Latika, Salim complains that the brothers have to work as dishwashers.
After they rescued Latika from Maman, Salim seizes the opportunity to join Javed s gang on his own accord and presumably even sells Latika to his new boss. Years later when he meets Jamal on top of the highrises overlooking Mumbai, the city reflected in his stylish sunglasses, Salim seems to have reached his goal. But there is more to Salim than his desire for money and power. He also loves his little brother who he tries to protect at all times.
After letting him watch how he blinds Arvind, Maman tells Salim that he has to either become a gunfighter or remain a slumdog and then orders him to fetch his brother. Even though Salim longs to become a gunfighter he chooses his brother and runs away with him. Later he gives up a promising business at the Taj Mahal to follow Jamal back to Mumbai. And eventually he even sacrifices his life so that Jamal and Latika can be together. Jamal on the other hand does not care for money or power.
He is the dreamy and idealistic one of the two. It s funny, you don t seem to have an interest in money, the police inspector says to Jamal during the interrogation. After the boys are forced to leave Latika behind, Jamal s only ambition is to find her and rescue her from Maman. To achieve this goal he is willing to leave the good life at the Taj Mahal and work as a dishwasher. And finally he joins the famous game show Who Want s to be Millionaire? When she answers Jamal has won the game regardless of winning the million or not.
How would you describe the differences in character between Jamal and Salim? What are their different goals in life? How do these goals influence the decisions they make? He calls Salim, who has left his phone to Latika. She answers but cannot help Jamal because she doesn't know either. Eventually Jamal guesses, A: Aramis, and is right, but still depressed at his lack of success in re-uniting with Latika.
However, Latika finds him at the railway station and they finally can be together, for Salim killed Javed and was in turn killed by Javed's minions. Jamal finally gets his dance with Latika at the end when the two dance with each other, sometimes alone, sometimes surrounded by a crowd and other times in their childhood. The end credits suggest that Jamal was "destined" to win the money and end up with Latika. Analysis[ edit ] Antonio Sison says in World Cinema, Theology, and the Human that Jamal is "the embodiment of the paradoxical character" of the slum Dharavi.
He says, "In his dogged determination to live and to love though the odds are infinitely stacked up against him, Jamal shows himself to be a son of Dharavi indeed. According to Sison, "Jamal, as a son of Dharavi, represents the human will to live though the social reality warrants suffering and death.
The continuum of scenes depicting Jamal's refusal to acquiesce to impossible, oppressive situations, never losing his spirit in his determination to survive and win the game of life, is the locus within which to identify the divine presence, here sublimated in negative contrast experiences.
The authors provide a basic case summary and diagnostic impressions and says they "describe what we portray as Jamal's clinically significant negative reactions to his exposure to the traumatic experience of police capture and torture".
World Cinema, Theology, and the Human: Humanity in Deep Focus. Routledge Studies in Religion and Film. Slumdog Millionaire's Jamal Malik". Anyway, Jamal is arrested for cheating, and the movie is told in snippets, as he recounts the stories from growing up that showed him each answer.
Hidden in the general theme is Jeremiah 29 — God works all things together for the good of those who love him. And each struggle unfolded exactly to prepare him to win the ultimate game show prize. God has a plan for your life. You may have no concept now of what the trials you are facing are preparing you for.
But you can know for sure that they have a purpose, and that what they are preparing you for will make them all worth it. The key translation I want to make, though, has to do with Jamal and Salim, and the differences between the two brothers.
Jamal Malik (character)
Salim is the older of the two and more aggressive. Salim wants the good life. And he is willing to take what he wants. He abandons Latika the love interest of both brothers for his own safety as a child, and later rapes her. He joins gangs and sells his services to the criminals who rule the slums in order to gain riches and security. In short, he takes matters into his own hands to get what he wants. He is in direct contrast to his younger brother, Jamal.