Chaiwala From Mumbai

chaiwala from mumbai

The year was 2008. Christmas Day.

Our family had decided to go out to the movies. But as always, we hadn't decided what we were going to see and would make the choice when we arrived. The choices:

  • Marley & Me
  • Curious Case of Ben,
  • Yes Man
  • Seven Pounds.

The going favourite was the Curious Case. But someone in a family, can't remember who, was weirded out by the trailer. Think old baby scene.

Not a even consideration at the time. My younger brother asked,

"What's slumdog millionaire?"

Only having vague recollection of the plot myself, I found myself chiming in.

"Yeah, I heard people saying it was good."

"Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a poor teenager suspected of cheating the on the Indian version hit television show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'..."

After my sister had read the synopsis, there was nothing more to say. Everyone in our family was sold. For those that haven't yet seen it, please do. A top recommendation. It's the 2009 Winner for Best Picture! On par with the likes of Forrest Gump and It's a Wonderful Life.

And for those of you who have seen it, I only need say one thing.

Chaiwala From Mumbai!

Probably not a direct quote, as I couldn't quite understand the other Hindi words, but it's a phrase I found myself uttering consistently after seeing the movie. A Dickensian story that resonates with me to this day.

 - Raf, (2017)



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