British director Danny Boyle, who made the superbly crafted film Slumdog Millionaire, has admitted that he was blown away by the sheer energy and spirit of the metropolis. Boyle earlier made acclaimed films like Trainspotting starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller and A Life Less Ordinary with Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz and Holly Hunter
Slumdog Millionaire, adapted by screenplay writer Simon Beaufoy from a book by diplomat-author Vikas Swarup, India’s current ambassador to South Africa, is the rousing story of an 18-year-old uneducated slum dweller who goes on to win the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and, in the bargain, reconnects with his lost love.
Boyle, whose father was in Bombay as a rookie soldier when the Allied forces were gearing up to attack Japan during World War II, grew up on an unending stream of stories about the city.
Boyle is all praise for Bollywood star Anil Kapoor, who plays the egoistic game show host in Slumdog Millionaire.