Slumdog Millionaire


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How did Slumdog Millionaire devised to appeal to a wide as audience as possible? By Ryan Willis

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Introduction Slumdog Millionaire was a 2008 British Romantic Adventure Drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. Set and filmed in India, the film tells the story of Jamal Malik, a young man from the Dharavi slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati in the Hindi version) and exceeds people's expectations, thereby arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials.

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Distribution Slumdog Millionaire was distributed by different film companies in different countries. One company which distributed the film was Pathē films, they are a French Company who distributed the film in the UK. Two other companies who made the film even bugger and more popular were Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures who both distributed the film in the US. Warner Bros. Pictures were the first company to make a deal with Danny Boyle but later pulled out, Fox Searchlight Pictures later made a deal with Danny Boyle and distributed the film in the US making it a very successful feature film.

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Adaptation The film Slumdog Millionaire is an adaptation of a novel by Indian author Vikas Swarup called Q & A. Swarup based the novel on the quite famous story of the ex-army general who cheated on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? And got all of his winnings taken away. The production team caught wind of this novel and rewrote it to suit all audiences when made into a film. It was rewritten by Simon Beaufoy.

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Target Audience & Technology Simon Beaufoy rewrote the novel Q & A to appeal to a wider audiences taking out parts of the original novel and replacing them with new parts. It now has many genres that it could fit into such as; Romance, Crime, Thriller and Drama. It is suitable for all ages and all ethnic backgrounds. The technology used in Slumdog Millionaire varied, they used the classic 35mm high quality cameras but there was also use of handheld cameras to give the true feeling of being in the Slums of India.

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Music/Soundtrack The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman, who planned the score for over two months and completed it in two weeks. Danny Boyle has said that he chose Rahman because "not only does he draw on Indian classical music, but he's got R&B and hip hop coming in from America, house music coming in from Europe and this incredible fusion is created.“ Rahman won the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and won two out of three nominations for the Academy Awards, including one for Best Original Score and one for Best Original Song for Jai Ho. The song "O... Saya" got a nomination shared with M.I.A., and the song "Jai Ho" won the Oscar, which Rahman shared with lyricist Gulzar. The soundtrack was released on M.I.A.'s record label N.E.E.T.. On Radio Sargam, film critic Goher Iqbal Punn termed the soundtrack Rahman's "magnum opus" which will acquaint "the entire world" with his artistry.

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