The Pestle


Ep 234: “Slumdog Millionaire”

May 16, 2023

We interrogate Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” and discuss:

  • Cinematography, Directing;
  • Story & Writing, exposition, the Dickensian aspect;
  • Gift and curse of winning an Oscar;
  • Special guest Chandrashish weighs in from India;
  • and other such stuff and things and stuff.

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.Charles Dickens, from Great Expectations

Notes & References:
Indian films: PK (, The White Tiger (
Slumdog Millionaire almost went direct-to-DVD
Dharavi suburb/”slum” (wiki)
Charles Dickens was born in the UK (Wiki)
Slumdog budget was reportedly $15M

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