Dick­en­sian slice of Mum­bai

David Stratton

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Film -

Even­tu­ally the story comes full cir­cle, though in the mean­time Salim, now played by Mad­hur Mit­tal, has be­come an em­ployee of a pow­er­ful gang­ster and Latika ( Freida Pinto) has sur­vived only by mak­ing the most painful com­pro­mises.

The film could have been a grim de­pic­tion of poverty and crime, but it be­comes a crowd­pleas­ing, feel-good en­ter­tain­ment; this could be crit­i­cised as sweet­en­ing the pill a lit­tle too much, since we know the re­al­ity to be so grim. But Dick­ens would un­doubt­edly have ap­proved: af­ter all, his sto­ries in­vari­ably had happy end­ings.

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