• Will Win: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire
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  • Should win: Slumdog Millionaire

Should Win: Slumdog Millionaire

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Slumdog Millionaire was described as being a globalised movie thanks to its meshing of western and eastern forms and locations, styles and sounds. That India itself is an increasingly globalised country, however, means that more films like Slumdog will be inevitable, only this time they will be made by Indians. Perhaps, even, an enterprising film-maker from Dharavi.

Then there's what might be called the Slumdog style, equally unfamiliar to Indian audiences. "The style of shooting in Slumdog Millionaire was completely different from that of Indian cinema," says Cyrus Bharucha, director and now professor at the Whistling Woods International film school in Mumbai. "Indian films are still very orthodox in their photography, they use too many reflectors and lights. They would never have shot the slum sequences with a small handheld camera as Danny did. India is getting better at pacing its films but have no idea how to really cut a chase or just keep the tempo moving because so much is based on the bloody songs that interrupt the action."


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As we follow the plight of the protagonist in Slumdog Millionaire, we get the sense that something very different than Hinduism, the primary religion of India, is at work. Apparently, this was intentional by the book’s author, Vikas Swarup. In an interview with , Swarup says,