People said the book is usually better than the movie, I try to prove it. So I am reading the book that originally title Q & A; A novel wrote by Vikas Swarup, an Indian Diplomat who is serving in South Africa when the book is published. This book has been translate into 34 languages and as we all know adopted in a major motion picture. I have seen the movie about a year ago, and found it very interesting and entertaining.
But after I read the book, I feel like it’s a different story. Although the flot is similar, but there are so many things in the book didn’t show up in the movie. I guess they try to simplify the story and make it easy to digest for public.
Basically the story is about a boy who grew up in the slums area then became a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”. Suprisingly he can answer all the questions correctly but he got arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers. The Director of the Movie is Danny Boyle, The screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and the character was play by Dev Patel.
As today I have read until page 207, and the differences I notice between the movie and the book are:
The name of character was change from Ram Mohammad Thomas to Jamal K. Malik. There are also name changed for other characters.
In the book, the character is an orphan who’s adopt by a pastor name Father Timothy and grew up in the Catholic Church environment, but in the movie, he has a family although his mother pass away in one of the riot in India.
In the Book, Salim was a friend he met in a Juvenile house for boys, they were taken by Maman to be make into begger but they runaway. In the movie, Salim is his brother.
In the movie, the first question is about Amitabh Bachchan, the famous Bollywood actor who’s Jamal favor the most that he would do anything to get his signature. But in the book it was Armaan Ali who was Salim’s favourite Indian actor but it turn out was a gay.
In the movie there is a girl name Latika whom Jamal fall in love and fight to find her, but in the book it was Nita, a prostitute girl she met in Agra.
As far as I remember there are no story about Neelima Kumari, the Tragedy Queen of Indian Movie, or Colonel Taylor the Autralian whom Thomas once work in his house, or about Thomas murder a man who rob his money on the train, or about an Army retired and one leg Balwant Singh who lied about his heroic act in the war, and about Ahmed Khan who was a contract killer that saved Salim’s life, even Swapna Devi who deny his own son Shankar in the movie.
Both the movie and the book has a happy ending, but somehow the book stunned me more, the end is unpredictable. The life of Thomas may seems to be full of coincidence or maybe I should say luck, but the way the Author put it is so smooth and beautiful. You may count me as one of Mr. Swarup fans.
Next I will be reading “Six Suspect” by the same Author.