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A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

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Storyline

The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000) (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really ... Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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What does it take to find a lost love? A. Money B. Luck C. Smarts D. Destiny See more »

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Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$360,018 (USA) (14 November 2008)

Gross:

$141,319,195 (USA) (22 May 2009)
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Trivia

The song "Jai Ho" was originally made for movie Yuvvraaj (2008), composed by A.R. Rahman and lyrics written by Gulzar, but the producer Subhash Ghai did not find it fitting in the movie for the actor Zayed Khan, so he let the song be used for this production. See more »

Goofs

When Jamal and Salim secretly watch a short section of an outdoor opera, the film is running backwards for a few seconds. The fire and smoke are going the wrong way. See more »

Quotes

Latika: I thought we'd be together only in death.
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Crazy Credits

Several of the cast perform a traditional Bollywood song and dance number set in a train station over the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in 2 Broke Girls: And the Cronuts (2013) See more »

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Mausam & Escape
Written by A.R. Rahman
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Wow, I really wasn't expecting what I saw.....
7 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was one of the best movies that I have seen so far at the Toronto International Film Festival. This film is beautifully filmed as Danny Boyle can do. He is a film master. The acting is magnificent as well. Imagine using 3 children under the age of 7 to tell the early part of the story plot. The film uses past tense, and present tense to tell the whole story, which is also seamless. Filming took place in India as well. Their was a question and answer after the showing of this film at TIFF-Toronto International Film Festival. Please go and see this film. This film is has and exceptional cast, and should be seen in the theaters. It was magnificent.


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