Monday, February 23, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire vs Q&A

Everybody is talking about Slumdog Millionaire nowadays after they became a big hit in movie theaters across the nation. Eventhough in their early days, people didn't really bother with this cheap movie and the unknown stars acting in it. We were looking forward for the movie to be in the theater last November but it was a huge disappointment when we found out there were only a few movie theaters in Philadelphia showing this movie. But last night, they just won 8 Oscars at the 81st Grammy Awards Ceremony at the Kodak Theater in L.A and the movie is showing everywhere. How ironic.

Jamal was in the middle of answering his nature's call when his idol, Amitabh Bachan landed with the chopper at his slum village. Hilarious part of the film.

We were aware of the existence of this film when Danny Boyle, the director were in the middle of shooting the film in Madras's slum area. I knew about this because I am a big fan of Danny Boyle's film The Trainspotting, and my wife is mad about Dev Patel since he is one of the co star in Skins BBC Series. My wife never missed every single episodes on BBC America Channel every Sunday at 10pm. We never expect both of them will work together on this film , which was adapted from the novel I bought for my wife back in 2005. On a business trip, I bought the novel called Q&A by Vikas Swarup at MPH in KL Central while waiting for my ERL to KLIA.

Q&A by Vikas Swarup. The novel that we never expect that it will be the core of the history for both Bollywood and Hollywood

I was roaming around the MPH bookstore and reading some free books when all of a sudden, my eyes caught at a white and bright green titled color book, with the image of a waiter boy carrying a food tray on the front cover. After I read the synopsis and comment, I decided to buy it as a gift to my wife [still a girlfriend at that time].

The team in Oscars. Anil Kapoor..err we are not his fan.

After she read it, I asked her opinion about the book and she said she likes it. So I read the book myself and suprisingly, I finished reading it in 2 days which I spent the whole night till early morning, two days in a row to finish it. The plot is so unique, and the way the author arranged his story is so interesting and different. We love the novel very much.

The bunch of Madras slum's kids who acted in the movie completed their journey from the slums of Mumbai, India, to the world’s most dazzling awards show in Hollywood.

The truth is, after watching the movie, we are quite frustated because they altered the novel too much and most of the interesting parts in the novel are not in the movie. The novel and the movie are totally different in story telling except for the similiar plot which was based on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and how he managed to answers all the question. Well, we guess all movies that adapted from novels are like that. It will never be the same and most of the time, novels are better. Much much better.


  1. Stuju! Mek ria baca novelnya lagik besss. Sik salah mek, kamek beli novel tok empat atau tiga taun lepas...

  2. buku ya published 2005, and best selling kat NY but usually no one cares when it comes to Malaysia. Best novel ya. kesian the boy.


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