Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Academy awards Slammer

Slumdog Millionaire got 8 awards during yesterday's Academy.  

I saw this film last around 3 weeks ago and the only reason why i bought the dibidi (dvd) is because of it winning the Golden Globe.  It was one of the 3 for P100 dibidis i bought in Ruins during a weekend trip with my husband.

Thanks to late night news for the Academy Awards run-down of winners.  With 8 awards  (Cinematography, Editing, Original Score, Director, Original Song, Sound,
 Best picture and Screenplay), I spent a good 30 minutes trying to remember the scenes i like most in the movie... 

And the winning scene is...

The dance finale in the train station!  This scene knocked me off my seat laughing.  

Its an interesting movie.  Its social relevance is something that should be taken seriously.  But honeslty, i only got to appreciate it more upon searching and reading more about it.  The spoiler in IMDB says it all.

But here are some other inetersting  trivias from IMDB:

  • Mercedes-Benz asked that its logos be removed in scenes taking place in the slums. The company, according to Danny Boyle, did not want to be associated with the poverty-stricken area, fearing that that might taint its image.

  • The actor whose autograph young Jamal gets is Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan is a very real, and very famous Indian actor, the original host of the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", and also the father-in-law of Aishwarya Rai (or Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan as she is known after marriage).

  • The cricket match being shown on television in Javed's house is the 1st one day international of the Future Cup between India and South Africa played at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast on June 26 2007. As shown in the movie, Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian batsman, was run out on 99. India went on to score 242 and South Africa won the match by 4 wickets with 3 balls remaining.

  • The film used a prototype Digital Cinema Camera from Silicon Imaging. When used in Mumbai, there were SI technicians on set constantly to deal with any problems the prototype had, of which there were many.

  • Director Danny Boyle placed the money to be paid to the 3 lead child actors in a trust that is to be released to them upon their completion of grade school at 16 years of age. The production company has set up for an auto-rikshaw driver to take the kids to school everyday until they are 16 years old.

  • Chris Tarrant, the host of the UK version of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' featured in Danny Boyle's debut film Shallow Grave (1995). He appears as the host of another TV quiz show 'Lose A Million' but only on a TV screen.

  • In the opening chase scene where Jamal and Salim jump down from a building to the ground is an reference to Danny Boyle's Trainspotting(1996) in which the main character Renton jumps down into the frame at a drug dealers to eventually overdose on heroin.

  • In the scene where the adult Salim's phone rings soon after the adult Jamal finds him, the ringtone is part of the theme music from A.R. Rahman's work on the Indian movie Swades: We, the People (2004). Rahman is the music composer for Slumdog Millionaire.

  • The current exchange rate for 20,000,000 Rupees (the grand prize on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire") is USD$411,600.

  • The film was originally intended to receive a PG-13 rating. In the end, it received an R rating because of its intense tone. With no time or money for appeals, the film was released with its given rating.

  • Approximately 20% of the movie's dialog is in Hindi (with English subtitles).

  • The second Danny Boyle film to feature a protagonist diving into a toilet, after Trainspotting (1996).

  • The pile of excreta that the young Jamal jumps into and was made from a combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

  • When Salim goes to Javed's den to announce that he has killed Maman, the movie playing in the theatre nearby is the Sunil Shetty starrerMaseeha (2002). Mahesh Manjrekar, who plays Javed, made his acting debut in Kaante (2002), which was released exactly a week after 'Maseeha'.

  • This movie almost was released straight to DVD instead of getting a theater release.

  • A.R. Rahman took just 20 days to compose the entire soundtrack.

  • The song "Jai Ho" was originally made for movie Yuvvraaj (2008), composed by A.R. Rahman and lyrics written by Sampooran Singh Gulzar, but the producer Subhash Ghai did not find it fitting in the movie for the actor 'Zayad Khan', so he let the song be used for this production.


Rico said...

My favorite scene was when the young Jamal jumped on a puddle of poo! :)

misispb said...

haha! that was the yucky funny kinda scene... :)