Shahrukh Khan, a Bollywood superstar, rivals—dare I say outshines?—Dustin Hoffman's portrayal of an autistic person who steals the heart of all. He manages to convey all the intricate details of his personal world, and his heart, without over-dramatizing his condition or his tics, everything just flows so naturally — a performance truly Academy Award-worthy. His co-star, Kajol, is truly a match to his brilliance. Their on-screen chemistry is very refreshing, and added a lot to this viewer's experience.
The musical score is another stroke of genius. It does much more than just set the mood; it transports you across cultures and ethnicities. It infuses your senses with the magic of not just the East, but of humanity and the human soul.
So whether or not you are a Bollywood fan, and whether you thought Slumdog Millionaire was worth the hype or not, this is a movie you shouldn't miss — it's inspiring, entertaining, and above all, enlightening.