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.


  1. Kavita says:

    We cannot igonre the fact that India has poor, middle class and rich people. Yes, Slumdog does leave an expression of India being a poor nation to outsiders. At the same time it is interesting to note that we feel hurt not because there are lots of Indian people living in dirty slums but because India portrayed as a poor country with slums to foreign audience. The people who created this film didn’t do it because they love the poor in India, but to make money. It is the goal of every filmmaker.What about Indian movies is there any value in it? Love triangles, bikini babies, bunch of foreign dancers dancing behind the lead actor and actress, dance scenes shot in rich countries (why? because India is not beautiful enough?), songs squeezed in unnecessary places etc. Again and again we see the same thing. It has become rare to see an Indian actress in a saree .All this makes the audience wonder where the hell these people came from, are these Indians? Where is our national pride when we see these rubbish? What if this story is given to a Bollywood director, he would cast sharukh khan as jamal and ashwarya rai as latika., minimum 6 songs, He would also make sure that the hero is an all-rounder. We are busy copying the western way of life that we forget our culture and values.

  2. Mariana says:

    I did not like the movie at all. The movie is just a hype. People abroad think of India as a third world coutnry and the image that they have of India & Indians are as Poor, Beggars, Hutments, No food , Water, unemployment etc and this movie just confirms their thoughts. Instead of the movie they should have just shown the episodes of Kaun banega crorepati which every Indian has already seen.. There was no need for a movie to be made. Why was the need to show India in such poor light? Arent there Hutments in Britain or the US?? I think Mr. Doyle needs to make a movie on them instead of Inida which I am sure he has no idea how vast and rich the coutnry is in terms of Culture Education History & Riches which he must have I doubt heard of, for which the britishers invaded India? and the progress that the coutnry has made in a short span of 61 years

  3. Rama says:

    : what i think is it is not fair to say that India is shown as a third world country in the movie and is shown in bad light etc etc. The movie was based on this theme and so it was nesrcsaey to show these things. If we are not having such places then we should feel bad that what they are showing. India is developing day by day in every aspect which is not hidden from any country. They can see that too. Rather we should see that what the movie has given us our first Golden Globe and may be more are coming. A.R. Rahman is appreciated internationally.I forgot to mention in my previous post that the child actors have performed unbelievably awesome peace

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