Guest Article – All the World lies in a Film ( SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE )

Published on Apr 15 2013 // Filmmaking


sagerGuest Article by   K. Vidya sagar  , Asst professor from INDIA : All the World lies in a Film  ( SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE  )

In a world full of expectations , In a world full of exaggerations , In a world full of information , In a world full of communication ,In a world full of everything .There is always a need, a need for an effective medium, to serve the requirements and represent the realities of the world.

A German cultural theorist Walter Benjamin rightly enunciated the arrival of the powerful new art form as ‘ then came the Film’, which is again funded by another theorist Norman K. Denzin in his works as ‘The Cinematic Society’. Simply stated ‘Cinema at the center of the society’. Undoubtedly Films in a given society reflects the elements of a respective society.

In the present milieu, despite of the fact that India is one of the healthy fastest developing countries in the world, there lies a disturbing truth of a disease called Poverty which is barely visible and yet to be diagnosed. Variety of its genres can be seen at its roots in the Indian society, which are sincerely and seriously seeking the support of films to unearth and sensitize the people towards the bothering issues of the society.

Begging in India is most prevalent and seen anywhere and everywhere in the society, which is very high in tourist places, railway stations, sites of Historical monuments, spiritual and religious sites, shopping complexes and frequently witnessed at the corners of the beggarstop, when lights turn red.

Then comes the film with its magical amalgamation of sound and visuals, capable of capturing the audience in a prison world by the process of suture envelope, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – a British film directed by world renowned director known for his alternative subjects Danny Boyle has taken the responsibility of reflecting the heinous aspects of the Indian society with his film.


 Even though film begins with a question, questions the conscience of its audience and was able to showcase the problems in India such as Anarchism, Poverty, Begging, Prostitution, and various anti-social elements in a society.

On the other side, Indian films like Traffic signal directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, Salam Bombay, Kalyug, Parzania, etc are notable films in presenting the realities of the society.

By swaying towards the conceptual side of a film, an interesting factor of the human communication can be observed. Audiences are initially fed up with such material, which takes them to a skeptic states. How can a slumdog is able to put himself in answering to a question that wins millions.

Every question in a film is a key narration force, well composed of inner and outer conflicts. Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees? How did he do it? Answers lie in every major moments of his life, the ideal characteristics of the well known Human Communication theory is witnessed, emphasizes on the concept of time in the evolutionary nature of human communication. Each act in the specific time is said to be built on the others that comes before it, according to the Grand theory of Human Communication i.e.; Dances Helical Spiral Model of Human Communication. Simply stated, the existing knowledge is directly dependent on the previous knowledge.

Every moment of his life is clue to the answers,

Every question brings him closer to his one true love,

Because it is written by destiny.

Our society is in urgent for mass diagnosis through the mass mobilization, which is possible only with the films – highly produced, distributed and consumed texts in the world.

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