On Saturday I finally saw the Oscar winning film Slum Dog Millionaire. I must say, it was better than I expected. The character development was smoking. The story line was intriguing. The costume design by Suttirat Anne Larlarb was chillingly accurate. But there was one detail in the costuming I noticed Saturday night. I thought it was extremely interesting that in the final scene of the movie of the year, Latika, played by Freida Pinto is wearing the Pantone Color of the Year, mimosa yellow.
"It's everywhere," said Leatrice Eiseman, color specialist and executive at the Seattle-based Pantone Color Institute. This shade, Eiseman said, is about warmth and sunlight, hope and optimism. It's about looking forward to a bright future.
Come to think of it, that is what the final scene of Millionaire is. Jamaal, played by Dev Patel, had beat insurmountable odds and now was looking toward a bright future with the woman he loves. I wonder if Larlab was thinking hope and optimism when she draped the goldeny/mustardy yellow scarf around Latika's head and shoulders. Was the choice of yellow simply paying homage to India's customs or was Larlab feeling the collective vibe of mimosa yellow?