"So, Rama -- Do you come here often?"
May 9, 2010 4:50 AM Subscribe
Slumdog Millionaire: Late to the party, I watched this movie for the first time (and second time, too) this past week.
Early in the movie, in the scene where Jamal and Salim run for their lives from the Hindi religious fanatics who've just orphaned the boys by killing their mother (and many others, a horrific melee), the brothers run frantically through twisting alley ways, jumping roofs, etc and etc, desperate to get away. They run down one alley and what they see in the room to their left stops them in their tracks: The Hindi god, Rama, as a child, stands there with bow and arrow in hand, his skin brilliant blue. It's a particularly powerful scene, stunning, it's hung with me, it's beautiful, Rama like a figure in a dream, or a vision. What is going on here?
It seems clear to me that the director of this movie weights this scene heavily -- you see the look on their faces as they peer into the room where Rama stands, then POV shifts to Rama as he looks at them, then back to the brothers faces, and then an even longer look at Rama, closed right in on his face, like a vision from some apocalypse, and it is of course the brothers apocalypse. Rama stands there looking the boys dead in the eyes.
While the movie does stretch plausibility here and there, suspension of disbelief as in most other films, in no other scene or sequence does the movie veer off out of real experience; this kid is supposed to be real as rain, standing there in that room, locking eyes with the boys.
My question: Was this kid dressed for a religious holiday -- it would stand to reason that the horrific attack could have come about on a day special to the Hindu religious adherents who are attacking those of a different religion ie Muslims. So was this kid maybe decked out for that reason, sortof like some Christian kid might dress as Jesus on Easter? *
I'm just trying to make sense of this piece of the movie, probably it's perfectly clear to you all, and I'll be the fool (yet again -- sigh) who just doesn't 'get it' for whatever reason. It's a cool scene, it seems important to the story, it's the one piece I've wondered about since seeing it; the rest of the movie, the story was/is clear.
* Surely there aren't young Indian boys wandering around every day dressed as Rama, their skin painted blue, carting small bow and arrows, just waiting for someone to come running past so they can lock eyes with them...