This is the turning point in the movie when Jamal and Salim realize that they do not have the same values. Salim is willing to corrupt himself in order to make a better living for himself while Jamal more focused on doing what is morally right. Salim is an example of emotional poverty. It is the clear that the person he cares the most about is Jamal. However, there are times when he is incredibly cruel to Jamal. Salim also has no one looking out for him. Especially after hurting Jamal, there is no one loyal to Salim. He has no support system or anyone looking after him. Salim is poor in a way that is worse than the poverty he grew up in. He transitions from economic
impoverishment to the type of poverty that his crime bosses suffer from. In a way, Salim and Jamal choose the type of poverty that they are going to live in for their adult lives. Jamal choose to have no money while Salim chooses to have no family or friends. Salim suffers from a different type of poverty as he grows into adulthood. Slumdog Millionaire shows the level of poverty that children in the slums of India are forced to grow up in. The movie portrays the struggles of many characters as they try to grow up in harsh living conditions with no protection. The characters of Arvind, Latika, and Salim all show a type of poverty that is devastating to watch. Danny Boyle’s film shows the economic and emotional poverty that is present in the story of these children growing up in the slums. Even in their adult lives, the poverty of their childhood always has a great effect on the way they act. Slumdog Millionaire accurately portrays poverty in the slums of India.
Works Cited Slumdog Millionaire . Dir. Danny Boyle. Prod. Christian Colson. Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy. Perf. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto. Fox Searchlight Pictures
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- Jamal, Salim