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Poverty and its Impacts on Children in Slums (Movie Review Sample)


The instructions required me to discuss the impacts of poverty on children in Indian slums.


Slumdog Millionaire: Poverty and its Impacts on Children in Slums
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India is among the developing countries where the rate of poverty and economic struggle is high. People struggle for a living, which is quite acute in the slum areas. Mumbai, for instance, has a population of over 22 million inhabitants with 70 percent of its people living in the slum areas (Chaplin, 2009). It, therefore, means that three-quarter of Mumbai’s people lives is below the poverty line. They have limited access to electricity, water, housing, food, and education. The few social amenities in the area are overcrowded, and few people get access to it. Chaplin, (2009) adds that 7 million of this population is children below the age of 14 years raised in abject poverty.
Directed by Dan Doyle, Slumdog Millionaire is a movie produced in 2008 and has received eight Oscar Awards in the fields of cinematography, sound mixing, Direction, Film Original Editing and Original Score. It is based on a novel called Q & A written by the Indian diplomat, Vikas Swarup (Chan, 2010). The movie is set in the Indian slums and revolves around Jamaal, an Indian Muslim boy who is uneducated but rises to riches despite his background. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the living situation of the poor in India especially in the slums and its impact on children as portrayed in the movie. It will also delve into how the director brings western perspective in the film and stereotype of the Indian culture and cultural relativism.
Mainstream films help in shaping the audiences’ imagination of the state of a nation in various aspects. In Slumdog Millionaire, the state of poverty in the Indian urban areas in drawn. The poor situation in the slums coupled with the lack of food, proper clothing, poor housing, lack of educational facilities and illiteracy denies children an opportunity to grow into better adults who can support themselves (Chaplin, 2009). The life in the streets and the slums represented by Jamaal’s early life shows how adult's control curtails the children's living space and freedom in the public space. Lack of education forces children to do menial jobs that demean their status. They are mistreated and offered meager pay by their employees. Jamal works at a restaurant where he serves tea. His social life and mobility is restricted
The factors such as prostitution in the slums, the ill health, disability and rape cases show the things that children go through in their daily lives in India. It paints an environment that excludes these children from taking part in the society’s development. Chaplin, (2009) says that these challenges hinder their empowerment and development which can allow them to be responsible citizens. It denies them an opportunity to experiences their childhood like other children from around the world. Jamal, Salim, and Latika in the film experience all these negative aspects of the society despite their innocence. They lack protection and adult moral support.
The poverty experienced in the Indian slums shows various contradictions and contrasts of its harsh reality. The poor people are oppressed by the filthy rich. The conditions of the children are in existence with the extremely organized crime and the sporadic religious unrest. The film, however, shows politi

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