Despite my disappointment with his last film, I decided to give Danny Boyle another chance and see “Slumdog Millionaire” in late November. Like Boyle, who admitted to never having been to India before he began shooting in Mumbai, I entered the theatre with some naivety. And like most everyone who has seen this amazing film (well, except for Salman Rushdie), I left the theatre deeply impressed with the director’s ability to bring to life a place I had only read about. As I watched the auditorium empty out, I noticed quite a few South Asians mixed with the cinema-house’s typical pale-faced, bespectacled demographic. I couldn’t help but wonder how such a raw and unflinching portrait of India would be seen by someone who actually lived there. We will all find out next week.
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