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R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  25 December 2008 (USA)
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A Mumbai teen, who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

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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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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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The first Best Cinematography Oscar winner to be predominantly shot in digital. This is also the first Best Picture Oscar winner since 1928 not to be shot on Kodak film (35mm segments were filmed on Fuji stocks). See more »

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When Salim and Jamal find Latika in the dance studio she is seen without and then with a nose ring. See more »

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An embarrassment to the Oscar
28 February 2009 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

This is probably the most embarrassing, simplistic and plain stupid film I have ever seen. The acting is poor, the plot and script seem like they were written by a teenage girl, and the interesting filming and good soundtrack are unable to salvage anything from this insult to intelligence. Quite unbelievable that this was nominated for anything, let alone receiving the crazy amount of Oscars it received. Some hands must have been greased. The story itself is ludicrous, the message overly simplistic, not to mention patronizing. An English director presenting such a film about India is simply moralizing at other's expense (some outdated sense of the British empire?). But even without this, it is a sort of simplistic moralization (chidren-are-so-good-but-all-adults-are-horific) that makes the film, scene by scene, one of the most boring and repulsive works to have ever been screened.


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