Slumdog Millionaire: Typical Filipino-like Movie


So Slumdog Millionaire garnered about 8 Academy Awards. It has been the talk of the town. A lot of people are giving their praise on the movie. A lot of reviewers are raving for the Indian movie.

So what is Slumdog Millionaire? What can be the amazing story of the movie that everyone is talking about?

Well here is a summary from Wikipedia:

Set and filmed in India, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a young man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati, mentioned in the Hindi version) and exceeds people’s expectations, arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials.

At the end of the show, Jamal has one question left to win 20 million, or two crore, rupees and is taken into police custody, where he is tortured as the police attempt to learn how Jamal, a simple “slumdog”, could know the answers to so many questions. After Jamal tells his whole story, explaining how his life experiences coincidentally enabled him to know the answer to each question, the police inspector calls his explanation “bizarrely plausible” and allows Jamal to return to the show for the final question. At Javed’s safehouse, Latika watches the news coverage of Jamal’s miraculous run on the show. Salim gives Latika his phone, and the keys to his car, and urges her to run away. When Jamal uses his Phone-A-Friend lifeline to call Salim, Latika answers his phone and they reconnect. She does not know the answer to the final question either, but believing that “it is written”, Jamal guesses the correct answer (Aramis) to the question of the one Musketeer whose name they never learned, and wins the grand prize. Simultaneously, Salim is discovered to have helped Latika escape and allows himself to be killed in a bathtub full of money after shooting and killing Javed. Salim’s last words are “God is great“. Later that night, Jamal and Latika meet at the railway station and they share a kiss. It is then revealed that the correct answer to the opening question is: D) it is written. Along with many others in the train station, they dance.

WOW! What an amazing story. You see, everything that happened to his life COINCIDENTALLY helped him in answering all the tough question of the game show! Wow, this is totally amazing, this is so not happening in real life, this only happens in FILIPINO movies that a lot of class A and B Filipinos shun. Typical Rags to Riches stories with unlikely coincidences that enables the protagonist of the story gain riches beyond his dreams.

I am not saying in anyway that Slumdog Millionaire a bad movie, I’m just saying that if you can say that this rags to riches, cheesy movie with out of this world, one in a gazillion chance of coincidences to get a happy ending is a good movie, then surely you’ll love a lot of our own movies, right? WRONG! Of course you won’t. And you know why? Because it’s one of our own. It’s “jologs” to watch our locally made movie. Why? Because society tells you so.

Another thing is this Bollywood, coined from Bombay and Hollywood. Could you imagine what you would say if we make a place called Mollywood (Sort of like Metro Manila and Hollywood)? People would say, “Oh my god, can’t we do anything original?”. Am I correct? We always rant how we can’t do any original piece. If the rumored Takipsilim(Twilight in Filipino)  was made, would you have watched it? Of course you won’t. But you would watch the U.S. made Dragonball movie even though it sucks big time. You’ll just say that you’re just watching it just for laughs. Then why wouldn’t you watch Takipsilim just for laughs?

To a lot of Filipino, nothing we do is good enough. Everything that other nation’s do is better than what we do. I will not ask for us to say that we are the best, only that we become more objective in criticizing our locally made products.

We all say that there is no justice here in the Philippines, that our judges are corrupt, that only the rich gets the favorable verdict. But we fail to see the absurd verdicts given in the American courts, like robbers who wins a physical injury case against the person he’s trying to rob because the robber sustained injury when he fell from the roof of the house he is robbing. Or the McDonald’s customer who sued the fast food chain because he got scalded by the hot coffee he ordered. His complain was that there was no warning on the cup that it is hot. We find this reports funny but we never say that the court system in the U.S. is fucked up.

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8 Responses to Slumdog Millionaire: Typical Filipino-like Movie

  1. mikepopo says:

    Still the movie is good though. heheh!

  2. slumdog? WTF says:

    “Along with many others in the train station, they dance.”

    How is this different from the beach dance numbers in the Filipino films of the past?

    People…

    Heck, if this was Filipino-made, given the same production value, same screenplay, many classy and “pa-classy” Filipino will bash it.

  3. rayanami says:

    Exactly!

  4. know-it-all says:

    “I’m just saying that if you can say that this rags to riches, cheesy movie with out of this world, one in a gazillion chance of coincidences to get a happy ending”

    oh please have actually seen the movie? what makes it great is nowhere in the realms of what you would even understand. a) it’s way more than a rags to riches story. b) if a filipino-made movie can even be half as sincere as “Slumdog” then maybe it would garner more respect than jeers from people.

    the problem is its always about originality with you people and never about just being sincere about a story.

    • rayanami says:

      You know, my point in how Slumdog Millionaire is a typical filipino movie is nowhere in the realms of what you would understand. You are blinded by the media and had not seen slumdog millionaire as to what it really is, an overrated feel good movie. If you think that it is more than a rags to riches movie but could not put it into words why, then it really is just a typical rags to riches movie.

      Please, if you’re going to comment, be straight with your answers. Don’t just say that I’m wrong but you wouldn’t understand why. It just makes you sound stupid, but I guess, such is too be expected from a Mr. Know-It-All

  5. linsauke says:

    a) it’s way more than a rags to riches story.

    why? how? you may have a point but if you cannot clearly express it, how can you use it to defend slumdog?

    b) if a filipino-made movie can even be half as sincere as “Slumdog” then maybe it would garner more respect than jeers from people.

    how do you measure sincerity? how do you decide if a movie is sincere or not? and actually, several “insincere” Filipino films are making raves and earning respects in art film festivals worldwide..

    maybe it’s more on the production value of slumdog..

    from http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/march/03/yehey/opinion/20090303opi3.html :

    Granted, Slumdog’s “small” budget of $15 million (about P720M) is still too steep for local filmmakers, but like I said there are lessons to be learned.

    well, where in the world would Filipino producers get that 720 million pesos?!?!

    still, base only on the story/plot stated in wikipedia, slumdog does seem to be a rags to riches Filipino-like story (not that there’s something wrong with it, just seems a bit over rated for a rags to riches story).. now, for what makes slumdog special? maybe i’ll know if ever i watch it, clearly though, it’s probably not the story.

  6. linsauke says:

    ok.. i finally was able to watch Slumdog Millionaire..

    Now what can I say?!

    It was really good.. You will really feel for the character!!!

    Just some thoughts though:

    *SPOILERS*

    – How did Jamal and his brother Salim became fluent or at least able in English when they arrived near the Taj Mahal? They were just hitchhikers in the train the whole time, selling and stealing stuff before that, how did they learn English?

    – The strength of the characters really lie in their childhood years. If not for the great and moving scenes in the childhood flashbacks, you will not care at all for a “loser” like Jamal. Acting-wise of the present time Jamal and the others were very much soap-opera – like. Still, at that point, viewers are already captured by the characters.

    – Realistically speaking, would a “slumdog” risk losing everything (10,000,000 Rupees) for a chance to win the grand prize when he does not know the answer to the question? Oh yah, “It is written.” Though if it happened in a Filipino movie, bigots would say “predictable, cliche, typical”

    Ok, I’m done with the questions. Over-all, the movie was really moving and yes, I got what that “Know-It-All” meant by sincerity. Though I can’t see how some of our movies are less sincere.

    ALTHOUGH, from now on, if ever I hear someone bash a Filipino movie or a Filipino bigot who’ll say, “I don’t watch Filipino movies, they’re so predictable, corny, etc,” they will receive a mouthful from me. The dance production number in the train station!?!?! (I enjoyed the dance number too, hahaha.. Laughed so hard, very Filipino-like.) Filipino movies used to do that all the time and the bigots here always raise an eyebrow for that.

    The story of Slumdog is nothing special BUT the way it was presented – wow.. I do not know if our directors, cinematographers, technical crew can do that, maybe they can, maybe not, BUT for sure, even if they can, they don’t have the budget for it.

    Acting-ability wise, I put my trust in the Filipinos to be able to perform at the same level. Anyone who is informed about art film festivals knows that.

    Again, Slumdog Millionaire is a GREAT movie. Basically, a Filipino-like movie BUT with a much much better production value (coz they have the budget, hehehe).

    Best Picture worthy?!?! Well, I do not know. I never really understood how the Oscars choose their nominees for best picture, even more so, the winner.

    ***

    Just a thought, I fear that Filipino producers will end up doing a remake set in Payatas:

    Squambug Millionaire

    LOL!

  7. vilfern says:

    well, weow… you got it. the thing is we Filipinos don’t bother to know how we can help each other we tend to see what others can do that we cant do and subject it to our criticism’s and well of course unfair judgment i should say.

    Just a little reminder:
    We LOVE being Filipinos, we would always say.
    But the question is;
    WHAT ARE WE DOING TO SHOW OUR LOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY?
    Think about this guys, we Filipinos are strong, and full of hopes, but we don’t see the good in us.

    GOD SPEED FILIPINOS!

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