Ever creative, Danny Boyle elected to end his 2008 wonder, "Slumdog Millionaire," a raw, unstintinly realistic slice of life, with a rousing and quite unexpected production number danced by what seems like hundreds of performers, led by the film's two attractive young stars.
The result: One exited the theater thoroughly exhilarated. (One negative: Boyle received well-deserved criticism when he omitted the film's choreographer, Longinus Fernandes, from the end credits.)
The number: "Jai Ho"
The composers: A. R. Rahman and Gulzar
The singers: Gulzar, Sukhwinder Singh, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Vijay Prakash and Tanvi Shah
The choreographer: Longinus Fernandes
The dancers: Dev Patel, Frieda Pinto and company.
The cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle
The film editors: Chris Dickens
The production designer: Mark Digby