Monday, December 13, 2010

Movie Monday: Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire, 2008. Starring Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal. (Director: Danny Boyle)

Trivia & Quotes

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" (1998) (called "Kaun Banega Crorepati?" (2000)), 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.

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.

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

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

As of 2010, this and Schindler's List (1993) are the only films to win Best Picture, Director and Screenplay at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars.

Longiness Fernandes was the choreographer of the dance sequence set to the song "Jai Ho", which is played during the end credits. But his name was inadvertently left out in the credits of the film. Upset with this, Longiness skipped the preview parties. Danny Boyle was also upset over this mistake and promised Longiness that he would make it up to him, and did it in style. While accepting the Best Director Oscar, he admitted his mistake before the audience and thanked Longiness. The song "Jai Ho" also won the Best Song Oscar for A.R. Rahman and Gulzar.

Local Indian authorities decided to step in and move the children and their families from slums to new houses.

The first Best Cinematography Oscar winner to be predominantly shot in digital. This is also the first Best Picture Oscar winner since 1928 not to be shot on Kodak film (35mm segments were filmed on Fuji stocks).

Danny Boyle originally wanted Indian actor Shahrukh Khan -- who had hosted the final season of "Kaun Banega Crorepati?" (2000) (the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (1998)) -- to play the game show host, but the actor was not available. The actor who plays the host, Anil Kapoor, was a guest on the show and won 5,000,000 Rupees.

In almost all scenes with the character Latika, she is seen to be wearing something yellow.

 When Jamal talks to Latika on the phone as he is facing the final question, she starts to tell him "God is with you" in unsubtitled Hindi just as the call is cut off.

Ranked number 2 in Empire's top films of the year 2009, losing the top spot to Let the Right One In (2008).

When initially released on DVD in the United States, March 2009, Fox Home Entertainment accidentally shipped to retailers millions of rental DVD copies packaged in retail DVD cases. These DVDs were distinguished by having none of the bonus features advertised other than several movie trailers. As a result, a massive recall effort was implemented over the web, with the assistance of UPS for customers to exchange the rental DVDs for the retail ones.

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy visited India three times while writing the screenplay.

One of two Best Picture Oscar winners to show a child jumping into the waste pool under a toilet. The other is Schindler's List (1993).

Throughout the film, particularly in the scenes where Jamal lives as a child in the slums, we can see the word "chaiwala" (tea server) which will be Jamal's profession.