Slumdog Millionaire will soon be dubbed in Tamil as Naanum Koteeswaran. Kollywood’s rumourmongers say that a local producer has acquired the Tamil and Telugu dubbing rights of Slumdog Millionaire for a whopping sum of Rs. 7 millions (70 lakhs)! The producer plans to make famous Kollywood actors dub for the film’s characters!
Well, that is hardly surprising, as everyone knows that the film will sell like hot cakes! With so much being said about the film’s beautiful story, screenplay, its Indian connection, and the prospect of ARR winning an Oscar, Slumdog Millionaire has endeared itself to every cinemagoer. Also, the film is about a slum-dweller winning the top prize in Kaun Banega Crorepathi, the nation’s favourite game show! So, people would be able to relate to it much better. There is no doubt Naanum Koteeswaran is going to sizzle and the producer in question is going to get rich!
A brief introduction to the film: It is based on the novel Q and A byVikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat. Danny Boyle, a British director – who first rejected it(!) not wanting to work in a film based on the game show ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’ – eagerly agreed to it once he knew that renowned screenwriter Simon Beaufoy would adapt the novel into a beautiful screenplay. Later, he realized the Swarup’s genius!
The film is about a young slum-dweller, who for the sake of his love, enters the Kaun Banega Crorepathi contest and eventually wins it! But the game sponsors feel that a slum-dweller with no proper education has won this intellectual challenging game show by cheating and he gets arrested! The boy then reveals how, based on his real-life experiences, he deduced the right answer to each question. Each experience is traced to a subplot, told in flashback. For example, in a scene the quizmaster asks the boy which US president’s image is printed on a $100 bill. Having interacted with US tourists while working as a guide, having handled the said note and having an emotional attachment to it, he is able to recollect out the right answer! Similarly, each answer is mapped to a dramatic event, dumbfounding those who pointed fingers at him!
With each experience narrated by the boy, a dramatic subplot unfolds. All these are strung together and presented in a manner that never fails to impress the viewer! With a screenplay that can interest even those who dislike cinema, the film is sure to rock!