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Slumdog Millionaire – have you seen it?

Though it is not related to a legal subject, this movie is still something noteworthy for the Gujarati community.  It is almost impossible not to hear the title “Slumdog Millionaire” on a daily basis these days…and you know something, its great!  Whether it is an ad on television or a friend asking me if I have seen it, this movie has caused a lot of positive buzz amongst people of all ages and backgrounds.

Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Simon Beaufoy.  It is based on a 2005 novel called “Q&A”.  The film has won several awards, including 8 Academy Awards, 5 Critics Choice Awards and 4 Golden Globes!  Even more exciting for the Gujarati community is the fact that the  film’s main character, Jamal Malik, is played by a Gujarati actor by the name of Dev Patel.    It definitely makes me proud to hear that a fellow Gujarati is part of such an enjoyable movie and something that is so significant in our country. 

I am really excited to see how people all around me (Indian and non-Indian) are embracing this film.   Things have come a long way in this country.    When I was growing up, I remember feeling uncomfortable about eating Indian food around my friends, for the fear that I would be made fun of because it was something different that they did not understand.  However, in the recent years, I have enjoyed seeing how more and more people not only accept but are falling in love with Indian food.   Now,  people are also falling in love with a movie that is based on events occuring in India….and its really nice to see how things are continuing to progress.

In case any of you would like to purchase a copy of the flim, it is set to release to DVD and Blu-Ray disc on March 31, 2009.

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