December 15, 2008 / 1:10 PM / 10 years ago

"Slumdog" seen as a tribute to Mumbai's spirit

Director Danny Boyle (R) speaks beside actor Dev Patel during the "Slumdog Millionaire" news conference at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival September 8, 2008. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese

MUMBAI (Reuters Life!) - At its core, “Slumdog Millionaire” is the heart-rending story of a street child, but at another level the Golden Globe-nominated film also celebrates life in Mumbai, a city coming to terms with last month’s deadly attacks.

Ten heavily armed militants killed at least 179 people in the attacks on many sites in India’s financial heart, including two luxury hotels and an iconic railway station where the climax of “Slumdog” was shot.

“One of the underlying themes of the film is to celebrate Mumbai and its spirit, but after 26/11 this just takes on a whole new message,” said actor Anil Kapoor, who plays a game show host in “Slumdog.”

“Slumdog” is the story of an orphan from a Mumbai slum who gets a shot at winning millions on the Indian version of the television game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” while trying to reunite with his lost love.

“I am so glad that the film ends on a celebratory note, with a feeling that it is possible to achieve your dreams with some perseverance and grit,” said Loveleen Tandan, the film’s co-director.

“And that really is the spirit of Mumbai.”

“Slumdog” has received four Golden Globe nominations for best film drama, director, screenplay and for its soundtrack by top Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman.

British director Danny Boyle has received rave reviews from critics for bringing alive the nuances of the city alive.

Writing by Tony Tharakan; Editing by Sugita Katyal

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