Opinion: A Man’s Path To A Woman’s Scar: Slumdog Millionaire

The story of Jamal K. Malik in the movie Slumdog Millionaire is as heartrending as it is powerful. Love carries through to the powerful end in a way only true innocence and truth can.
Poverty is a way of life for young Jamal K. Malik in India. Amidst the poverty of Mumbai a young child and the love of his life Latika weave through battles that would fall most adults.

The story is gritty and raw. It carries you to a world where daily horrors are commonplace.

Based on the novel “Q & A” by Vikas Swarup
screenwriter Simon Beaufoy transforms the tragic past of young Jamal into a work of art.

As a game show contestant Jamal, uneducated by conventional standards raises to the highest ranks. His answers come from the bitter realities of his life. Interwoven through the plot is a love so pure and a spirit so brave that it takes your breath away.

Knowing that Jamal’s story is plausible is even more heartbreaking. That children live his life everyday in the slums of India and yet they go on as did Jamal. The movie shows a side of life that most will not live through without the barrier of total sadness. The plight of Jamal, Latika and Jamal`s brother Samil is not a story of ease. Still in Jamal`s eyes one can see the beauty of innocence and beauty that can only be seen through a man of inner strength.

The only crime of Slumdog Millionaire is that Dev Patel was not up for an Academy Award. His performance was stellar. This is one movie that deserves to be watched and then watched again and again.

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