Colonialism In Slumdog Millionaire

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“Colonialism deprives you of your self-esteem and to get it back you have to fight to redress the balance,” says politician, philanthropist and cricketing legend Imran Khan. The British approached India at the commencement of the seventeenth century. With time, The British East India Company accumulated power and began to administrate the country. Nonetheless Indians detested its policies and together they revolted against the company. This led to the downfall of the company and the administration of India went directly under the Queen. The British annexed many princely states and formed laws and policies of their own; soon the entire Indian sub continent came under British rule. Their oppressive rule resulted in the Indians forming large …show more content…
The story is told through the perspective of Jamal a young boy who was born and raised in the poorest areas of Mumbai. Who has been most affected by the global economic and political practices set in motion by European colonialism. In Slumdog Millionaire, Jamal can be seen as having a loss of identity. Jamal works in a call center a set example of a globalized service where he even has a phone conversation with a customer in the UK (the country that oppressed India for generations) when asked if he is from abroad, Jamal uses a fake accents and answers that he is in fact from the UK and near where the customer lives. He lies because he has lost his true identity of being Indian. He then tries to change his life by entering a game show called “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, even the game show is originally a British game show brought over to India, which further extends to the fact of Jamal’s loss of identity and confusion of …show more content…
There is no shelter, sparse amount of food, zero cleanliness, no sanitation and bathrooms are almost nonexistent (One per 1450 people). The movie portrays different aspects of life and love in the culture and what it means to be a “slumdog.” Set in Mumbai, the movie does not aestheticize or romanticize the slums and the way people live there. Through a series of shots of the main characters running through the filthy streets, the audience gets an accurate depiction of the slums of Mumbai. In Slumdog Millionaire, the plot allows the audience a more comprehensive view into Indian culture. There are moments in Jamal’s life that show various aspects of Indian ways of life. Also no one in the movie cares about the fact that Jamal is just a teenage boy who is love, and all he wants; is to be with Latika. The social system set in place by the British continues to dehumanize him, the police tries to torture him into accepting that he cheated on the game show and many other characters continuously ridicule him and his love for Latika, denying Jamal of basic humanness such as individuality and

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