Slumdog millionaire- essay

One important conflict from the film “slumdog millionaire” directed by Danny Boyle, is between Jamal (the main character of the film, and a show contestant on “who wants to be a millionaire”) and Prem Kumar (the show host of “who wants to be a millionaire”)

The conflict between Jamal and Prem is ongoing throughout the film. Prem is out to stop Jamal from winning the show “who wants to be a millionaire”. He doesn’t want Jamal to steal his light away. Prem was the only slumdog in history to win the prestigious game and wants to hold the title, this is why he sabotages Jamals chances and does everything in his power to stop Jamal being the second. This is where the conflict stars.

The conflict is portrayed to us through many techniques; I will be discussing three techniques used to affectively convey to us the conflict.

The first technique I will be discussing is the contrast between the characters and also the acting styles of the actors. The contrast is huge. Jamal is a very shy character that is always looking out of place. He is also a very serious character, never joking around or mucking about, he gets straight to the point. But prem is the complete opposite. He is the type of show host that feeds off the audience’s response. He will make jokes at the expense of Jamal because he is week and shy and seems like an easy target to him. For example, he says, “what does an assistant phone basher do?” and laughs mocking Jamal. He is an arrogant, character. This helps me understand the conflict through clashing personalities. The acting style also really helps with Jamals character talking quietly and humbly, while the actor that plays prem is cocky and loud.

Another great technique Danny Boyle used is cinematography. The cinematography in the film was very well thought through. It really shows the conflict just through the shots used. One example was the great birds-eye-view shot that showed the conflict by making the studio look like a fighting arena. This was show that the two characters were almost going up against each other. Another shot was a mid-shot. In the shot, the two are face to face, directly looking at each other. It showed that the two characters were at equal positions at this part of the film; no one had power over the other. These different shots helped me understand the conflict through the well thought out cinematography.

The soundtrack in this film also creates shows conflict. The “tick, tocks” in the film create a lot of tension building up to the “who wants to be a millionaire” theme song. This also shows the personalities of Jamal and Prem. With the “tick, tocks” almost being a bit like Jamals personality, quiet and subtle. While the theme Music being like Prems personality, loud and bold. This is how the soundtrack reveals the conflict.

The conflict between Jamal and Prem helped me understand the main idea that love will overcome all.

The conflict helped me understand the idea because it shows what Jamal has to overcome. He is trying to overcome his poverty by winning the game show “who wants to be a millionaire” but the host thinks he’s cheating because he got to the last question. Prem thinks that Jamal is cheating because a slumdog without an education could make it to the twenty million-rupee questions when doctors and lawyers can’t. So he takes Jamal to be interrogated by the police to get a confession from Jamal proving he is cheating. This is when Jamal is forced to explain the how he knew each question by recounting his poverty filled life. This helped me what he had to overcome.

The conflict also helped me understand Jamals deep love for Latika. Whilst the conflict caused the flashbacks, they showed us his vivid acts of love for Latika. The show for him wasn’t about the money. He went on so that Latika could find her so they could finally be together. This is how the conflict shows us his love for Latika.

The conflict helps me understand the idea of the text; love overcomes all, simply through Jamals conflict with Prem leading him to loving, and overcoming his poverty.