Beaufoy went far afield from the loose collection of short stories that provided the fodder for this crowdpleasing contempo fairy tale. Making the most of India’s head-spinning contrasts, this story keeps driving forward despite an intricate narrative structure. Notable is the protag’s lack of self-pity over his often-horrific history. He is looking ahead. Like India, perhaps?
WHY IT’LL WIN: Bravura filmmaking shows off script’s strengths and hides its weaknesses.
MAYBE NOT: Its critics find it manipulative.