Slumdog Millionaire: Just See It

My first words out coming out of the theater were “Wow. Wow!” If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you’re missing out. Slumdog Millionaire opens with Jamal, a kid from the sprawling slums of Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India, who somehow earned a seat on India’s TV show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” being brutally interrogated by 2nd rate policemen. He’s been accused of cheating to get into the final round. How did this supposedly uneducated orphan know so much?

The master storytelling and creative paneling weave together threads of poverty, hope, cruelty, initiative, destiny and love. Having lived in crowded Asian concrete jungles for over a decade, I could smell the cement, sewage and raw despair.

We decided to make a night of it, heading out for Indian food first (tandoori chicken, garlic naan and a mango lassi for me), followed by the film. Ann and I walked out elated. Definitely my vote for best picture of 2008.

By Ken

Dr. Ken Cochrum (DMin, Bethel University) is Vice President of Global Digital Strategies at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in Orlando, Florida. An avid cyclist and aspiring guitarist, he also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently co-founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. He previously served as vice president of Cru’s student-led movements worldwide. He and his wife Ann spent 13 years in East Asia where they raised their two children. Ken blogs regularly at

4 replies on “Slumdog Millionaire: Just See It”

I agree! It was a great movie and have a great glimpse to a culture if haven’t experienced it yet.

Erik and I tried to do the same last Thursday on opening night here – planned to go to Little India and then the movie. Unfortunately they bumped the opening by a week, so we’re going to try again this Thursday.

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