Yann Martel’s bestselling novel captured the hearts and minds of readers
from the moment of its release and kicked off feverish discussions for
an adaptation, although the challenging story — about a young man adrift
at sea with a Bengal tiger as his only companion — scared off several
would-be Oscar-chasing helmers.
Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' is another intriguing entry in the 54-year-old British director's diverse, rapidly expanding collection of films. Since his impressive mid-1990s one-two breakthrough of 'Shallow Grave' and 'Trainspotting,' Boyle has tried his hand at a number of genres, the sign of an adventurous filmmaker eager to take on new challenges. He discusses his career and '127 Hours' with CityBeat.
The world's second-largest city, with 13.6 million people, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is an industrious booming place: a financial, media and glamour center for all of Asia but home to sectarian violence, as the world recently saw. 'Slumdog Millionaire' shows a Mumbai that's hard-edged and fast-moving yet also influenced by happy Bollywood romantic melodramas.