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‘Millionaire’ a rich experience for cast

<i>Variety</i> screens Danny Boyle's latest

Who knew that a pic with elements from the hit gameshow “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” could be compared to the works of Charles Dickens?

Dickens and other topics were among the subjects during the Q&A sit-down that followed Variety’s Screening Series presentation of “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Helmer Danny Boyle, scribe Simon Beaufoy, and thesps Dev Patel and Freida Pinto discussed how closely related the world of ‘Slumdog” is to that of a Dickens’ novel.

“The extraordinary thing about Bombay is that it makes you Dicksonian as a writer,” Beaufoy said. “I learned to write in an operatic and melodramatic way just like Dickens would in his work.”

Besides the similarities to Dickens, Boyle also felt that the film taught him something about destiny and how important it was to the making of the film.

“I always thought that destiny was a very passive thing, that it just comes and is a part of you,” he said. “After making this film, I actually have come to find it very liberating.”

Boyle also touched based on the variety of ways the film was shot and edited and mentioned that at one point during filming, they were actually thrown out of Taj Mahal by the Indian government due to speculation that the footage might not be the most positive image of India.

At the end, Boyle said he felt that he learned a lot from making the pic and that he was a “better filmmaker because of it.”

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