Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

Nope, this is not a review...why? I will tell you why...

Yesterday a friend of us sent us free passes to the movie Slumdog Millionaire, which had Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan playing important roles and set in the backdrop of Mumbai.

We reached the theater at 7 but were told that the movie was already sold out. Not wanting to give up hope and having nothing else to do, we decided to wait for sometime before working on Plan-B. The wait was endless, well it ended at 8.10pm when we got to meet the director of the movie, Danny Boyle, a Brit.

He stopped and said very excitedly, "Oh you guys got a tee-shirt even," in strict cute Brit accent. Ya while we stood in the line, we got free tees that read "Slumdog Millionaire" in the front.

I quickly pointed out to him, "But, we are not allowed to go in to watch the movie."

"OOh, is it because the theater is full? Did you guys get the tee's as a consolation?" (Brit accent)

"I guess so, but hey, tell me what did you think of Anil Kapoor?" Me ask.

"He was brilliant. It was fun working with him. But this was his first English movie, so he was a bit nervous." (More cute Brit accent)

"And Irfan Khan?"

"Brilliant actor too. I had fun shooting the movie."

"And Mumbai?"

"The greatest city."

And he had to go...and there the four of us stood knowing the finality of the situation. If the friggin director could not get us in, then no one else could. We turned around and headed outside...angry but really feeling consoled that we got the tees at least and got to chat with the director, who of course might go on to win the Oscar for his movie or at least get a nomination...so yay!

And that is the reason why you guys won't get a review...yet!

PS1: My friend had a camera in his Google phone...but he refused to use it because he would not be in the frame as he would be the one taking the pic.
PS2: We had already tried the angle of "I want to see Mumbai...please let us watch the movie...haven't been to India in 6 years" angle with the ushers, and nope, did not work either.
PS3: We are still on for watching the movie this weekend, what say everyone?


Sonika said...

This weekend it is !! Nice .. Only if Mr. Google Phone [;-)] had acted on time !!! .. lol.

Shahid said...

ok .. ok ... you catch him again this weekend and I will take the pic :-)

Trevor Penn said...

Interesting! I'd like to watch this flick except that i hope it has nothing to do with Vikas Swarup's book Q&A.

Anu Russell said...

I swear Sonika...Mr.G should be more prompt!

Masta...the moment is gone!

Trevor, I had no idea of the existence of Mr. Swarup or his book...and even if it is...I think this movie will do good...it is fresh on rotten tomatoes...

Prasanthi Neeladaran said...

Nice one! Waiting for your review tis weekend!

Be sure to wear you "SM" tee:)

Anu Russell said...


Will do :)

Trevor Penn said...

The title immediately reminded me of that book. The more i read about Slumdog Millionaire, the more i feel like its plot will be a ripoff of Q&A.

Q&A spoiler ahead.

Q&A revolves around a young uneducated boy from the slums who wins "who wants to be a millionaire?". The producers of the quiz show not prepared to pay up the loot try to expose the young lad's less than mediocre general knowledge and allege that he has cheated. The story then reveals how the answers to all the questions he answered were so intricately weaved with the story of his own life.

Anu Russell said...

Hey Trevor,

You are right on the mark dude...

I have to check in IMDB and see if he gives any credit to Swarup...

Trevor Penn said...

Ok, so apparently i was right all along. :)


Anu Russell said...

Yay! Yes you are...as long as he gives the credit where it is due...he is cool!