Slumdog Millionaire DVD on 31st March
Money is never the sign of intelligence, intelligence is never the sign of success, success is never the sign of happiness and happiness is never the sign of money. Slumdog Millionaire is a story of a young man who proves that all these things can co-exist but aren't really interconnected. The movie starts with Jamaal being beaten and questioned by the police and is also shown answering questions on the popular show, Kaun Banega Crorepati. Jamaal Malik is a boy from the slums. Playing with his brother and friends and trying to survive the days are pretty much the only things on his list. Jamaal and his brother find themselves alone and having to take care of themselves after their mother is murdered. It is then that their lives change when they are forced to beg on the streets. After going through a lot of struggle and hardships, Jamaal and his brother manage to escape. This is when life begins for them as independent young men trying to earn a living for themselves. Jamaal chooses to take the right path and work hard to achieve something in life whereas, his brother decides to take a different path, one of corruption and lies. Jamaal then embarks on a journey to find his long lost love, Latika. He figures that if he wants to find her, he will have to go on the hit show KBC. Watch the movie to unfold the mystery of this love story.
Dev Patel (Jamaal Malik) has done a very fine job, especially considering this is his first movie. He has performed the romantic as well as aggressive parts very well. We would surely like to see him in a lot more movies. Anil Kapoor was good in parts although he could have toned down in some scenes. Freida Pinto was believable and charming in the little role that she had. Wish we could see more of her in the movie. Saurabh Shukla and Irrfan Khan performed their roles well. Mahesh Manjrekar was also quite credible.
Slumdog Millionaire will be released to DVD and Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The disc will be available on DVD in anamorphic widescreen and on Blu-ray in AVC 1080p along with English and Hindi audio tracks. Extras for the discs include two audio commentaries: one with director Danny Boyle and actor Dev Patel and one with producer Christian Colson and writer Simon Beaufoy, the documentary Slumdog Dreams: Danny Boyle & The Making of Slumdog Millionaire, twelve deleted scenes, a script to scene breakdown of the toilet scene, the Indian short film Manjha, the Bombay Liquid music video and something called Slumdog Cutdown. The DVD is on schedule to release on March 31st.