he has a beautiful singing voice and is tricked into being blinded by Maman just to make Maman money. Arvind grew up in such a poor area that he had no choice but to go with Maman for food but ends up paying a steep price. Arvind is an example of how the
children growing up in the slums of India sometimes have no choice but to be victimized in order to survive. Later in the film, Jamal runs back into Arvind. Arvind is able to tell Jamal who is on the hundred-dollar bill, which ends up helping Jamal on the game show. Arvind is smart because he is able to identify Jamal very quickly after starting to talk to him (Slumdog). Despite how smart he is, Arvind is trapped into being a beggar for Maman. He also harbors no jealousy or hate towards Jamal. There was no choice for Arvind because he had no other way of getting fed than going with Maman. While Arvind is an example of how boys were taken advantage of, Latika’s character shows how girls from the slums were forced to make money for crime bosses. Latika was another child that was taken in by Maman. She was unable to escape with Jamal and Salim and became a prized possession of Maman. After being threatened to be forced into prostitution many times, Latika is eventually sold as a wife for Javed Khan, another crime boss in the movie. When Jamal finally finds Latika, it is clear that the relationship is abusive and Latika cannot escape her husband’s cruelty. Latika had no choice in marrying Javed and was treated as property from the men ( Slumdog ). Latika is an example of how young girls were taken advantage of in India. Specifically, Latika was considered valuable because she was a virgin. Jamal and Salim go to get Latika from Maman.
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