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Slumdog Millionaire -- The story of how impoverished Indian teen Jamal Malik became a contestant on the Hindi version of "Who Wants to be A Millionaire?" -- an endeavor made in  an effort to prove his love for his friend Latika, who is an ardent fan of the show.
Slumdog Millionaire -- Clip: Jiaho
Slumdog Millionaire -- Behind the scenes: Skateboard steady cam
The Wrestler -- Danny Boyle discusses how he acquired the rights to the Hindo version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" with director Darren Aronofsky.
Slumdog Millionaire -- Clip: Train station

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Directors:
Danny Boyle
Loveleen Tandan (co-director: India)
Writers:
Simon Beaufoy (screenplay)
Vikas Swarup (novel)
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Release Date:
23 January 2009 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Love and money... You have mixed them both. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 8 Oscars. Another 114 wins & 62 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The little movie that will wow audiences this year. See more (973 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dev Patel ... Older Jamal

Saurabh Shukla ... Sergeant Srinivas

Anil Kapoor ... Prem

Rajendranath Zutshi ... Director (as Raj Zutshi)
Jeneva Talwar ... Vision Mixer

Freida Pinto ... Older Latika

Irrfan Khan ... Police Inspector
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail ... Youngest Salim

Ayush Mahesh Khedekar ... Youngest Jamal
Jira Banjara ... Airport Security Guard (as Hira Banjara)
Sheikh Wali ... Airport Security Guard
Mahesh Manjrekar ... Javed
Sanchita Choudhary ... Jamal's Mother
Himanshu Tyagi ... Mr Nanda
Sharib Hashmi ... Prakash
Virendra Chatterjee ... Slum Man
Feroze Khan ... Amitabh Bachchan
Sunil Kumar Agrawal ... Mr Chi (as Sunil Aggarwal)
Virender Kumar ... Man on Fire (as Virender Kumar Gharu)
Devesh Rawal ... Blue Boy
Rubina Ali ... Youngest Latika
Ankur Vikal ... Maman
Tiger ... Punnoose
Chirag Parmar ... Young Arvind
Nazneen Shaikh ... Baby
Farzana Ansari ... Latika's Friend
Anupam Shyam ... Old Villager
Salim Chaus ... Ticket Collector
Singh Shera Family ... Family in Train
Harvinder Kaur ... Family in Train
Narendra Singh Bhati ... Family in Train (as Narendra Singh)
Tanay Chheda ... Middle Jamal (as Tanay Hemant Chheda)
Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala ... Middle Salim
Satya Mudgal ... Taj Mahal Guide

Janet de Vigne ... Ada / Mrs MacKintosh
William Relton ... Peter

David Gilliam ... Clark

Mia Drake Inderbitzin ... Adele (as Mia Inderbitzin)
Kinder Singh ... Driver
Christine Matovich Singh ... Opera Singer
Thomas Lehmkuhl ... Opera Singer
Siddesh Patil ... Older Arvind
Najma Shaikh ... Woman at Brothel
Saeeda Shaikh ... Woman at Brothel
Alka Satpute ... Woman at Brothel
Tabassum Khan ... Woman at Brothel
Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar ... Middle Latika
Sitaram Panchal ... Dance Teacher
Nigel Caesar ... Hotel Security Guard
Ajit Pandey ... Javed's Goon
Kedar Thapar ... Javed's Goon

Amit Leonard ... Javed's Goon
Rajesh Kumar ... Javed's Goon
Sagar Ghopalkar ... Javed's Goon
Pradeep Solanki ... Javed's Goon
Abdul Hamid Shaikh ... Javed's Goon (as Hamid Sheikh)
Dheeraj Waghela ... Javed's Goon
Shruti Seth ... Call Centre Instructor (as Shruti S Seth)

Arfi Lamba ... Bardi
Taira Colah ... Nasreen
Varun Bagri ... Call Centre Trainee
Ankur Tewari ... Dave
Anjum Sharma ... Operator

Madhur Mittal ... Older Salim
Sarfaraz Khan ... Autorickshaw Driver
Syed Fazal Hussain ... Autorickshaw Driver (as Syed Hussain)
Umar Khan ... Autorickshaw Driver (as Umer Khan)
Imran Hasnee ... Javed's House Doorkeeper
Homai Billimoria ... KBC Contestant
Udayan Baijal ... Cricket Commentator
Sandeep Kaul ... Floor Manager
Rufee Ahmed ... Double for Irrfan Khan
Rhea Lawyer ... TV Reporter
Deepali Dalvi ... Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
Anisha Nagar ... Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
Farrah Shaikh ... Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
Mamta Sharma ... Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
Neha M. Khatarawalla ... Dancer at Javed's Safehouse
Tanya Singh ... Newsreader
Anand Tiwari ... Newsreader
Faezeh Jalali ... Newsreader
Meghana Jhalani ... Newsreader
Rupali Mehra ... Newsreader
Anju Singh ... Newsreader
Saurabh Agarwal ... Call Centre Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Boucher ... Himself - South African Cricketer (archive footage)
Andre Nel ... Himself - South African Cricketer (archive footage)
Yuvraj Singh ... Himself - Indian Cricketer (archive footage)

Sachin Tendulkar ... Himself - Indian Cricketer (archive footage)

Amitabh Bachchan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Danny Boyle 
Loveleen Tandan (co-director: India)
 
Writing credits
Simon Beaufoy (screenplay)

Vikas Swarup (novel "Q & A")

Produced by
Christian Colson .... producer
François Ivernel .... co-executive producer
Ivana MacKinnon .... associate producer
Cameron McCracken .... co-executive producer
Tabrez Noorani .... line producer
Paul Ritchie .... co-producer
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
Paul Smith .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
A.R. Rahman 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony Dod Mantle 
 
Film Editing by
Chris Dickens 
 
Casting by
Gail Stevens 
Loveleen Tandan 
 
Production Design by
Mark Digby 
 
Art Direction by
Abhishek Redkar 
 
Set Decoration by
Michelle Day 
 
Costume Design by
Suttirat Anne Larlarb 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Holmes .... hair designer
Virginia Holmes .... makeup designer
Natasha Nischol .... hair designer
Natasha Nischol .... makeup designer
Kamlesh U. Shinde .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Rajeesh Dham .... assistant unit manager
Lucie Graves .... post-production supervisor
Sanjay Kumar .... unit production manager
Pravesh Sahni .... production supervisor
Chanpreet Singh .... assistant unit manager
Jennifer Wynne .... production manager: UK
Bill Daly .... post production executive: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raj Acharya .... first assistant director
Avani Batra .... second assistant director
Shyam Kaushal .... action director (as Sham Kaushal)
Yugandhar S. Narvekar .... third assistant director
Sonia Nemawarkar .... second second assistant director
Rohit Ved Prakash .... first assistant director: second unit
Tanya Singh .... second assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Manoj N. Bhoyar .... assistant art director
Sachin Dabhade .... property master
Sushil Kumar Giri .... graphic designer
Kathy Heaser .... graphic artist
Praveen Kumar Hendway .... graphic designer
Brendan Houghton .... storyboard artist
Aditya Kanwar .... stand-by art director
Srinivas Konda .... property master
Wahid Shaikh .... assistant art director
Vishal Srivastav .... construction coordinator
Vishal Srivastava .... construction coordinator
Andrew Tapper .... graphic designer
Marc Knapton .... computer graphics (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugo Adams .... foley editor
Niv Adiri .... sound effects editor
Shalini Agarwal .... additional sound
Shalini Agarwal .... location sound: second unit
Shalini Agarwal .... sound assistant
Ben Barker .... sound effects editor
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Ricky Butt .... foley artist
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Rachel Carberry .... assistant adr recordist
Jayesh Dhakan .... adr recordist (Hindi version)
Gillian Dodders .... supervising dialogue editor
Thomas Dodgson .... consultant: dolby film sound
Amrit Pritam Dutta .... production sound mixer
Danny Freemantle .... assistant sound editor
Glenn Freemantle .... sound designer
Glenn Freemantle .... supervising sound editor
Steve Haynes .... adr recordist
Lee Herrick .... dialogue editor
Vijay Kumar .... adr editor
Adam Mendez .... foley recordist
Resul Pookutty .... adr mixer
Resul Pookutty .... sound mixer
Richard Pryke .... sound re-recording mixer
Vivek Sachidanand .... additional sound recordist
Tom Sayers .... co-supervising sound editor
Tom Sayers .... sound designer
Adam Scrivener .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Ian Tapp .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Tayler .... adr recordist
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Shivananda R. Mohili .... special effects supervisor (as Shivananda Mohili)
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Bristowe .... digital lab producer: MPC
Stefan Ciupek .... digital camera supervisor
James Cundill .... online editor
Nick Drew .... visual effects production manager: CIS London
Paddy Eason .... digital compositor: CIS London
David Emeny .... digital compositor: CIS London
Alec Feegrade .... film recording
Adam Gascoyne .... visual effects supervisor
Matthew Hangar .... software support
Matthew Hanger .... software support
Warwick Hewett .... assistant vfx producer: Rushes
Simon Hughes .... compositor: CIS London
Tom Kemplen .... visual effects editor
Matthew Lawrence .... motion graphics
Brad Le-Riche .... motion graphics
Begoña Lopez .... digital lab producer: MPC
Hugh Macdonald .... senior digital compositor: CIS London
Collette Nunes .... visual effects editor: CIS London
Roma O'Connor .... visual effects executive producer
Jonathan Opgenhaffen .... matte painter: CIS London
Jesse Parkhill .... digital compositor
Matthew Redding .... visual effects artist: DEAD
Becky Roberts .... visual effects producer
David Wahlberg .... digital compositor: CIS London
Shamsher Walia .... second telecine colorist: Pixion
Pat Wintersgill .... on-line editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Telfer Barnes .... first assistant camera
Udita Bhargava .... assistant camera
Arjun Singh Bhurji .... key grip
Dharmendra Bhurji .... key grip
Bidhan Chanda .... best boy grip
Stefan Ciupek .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer: India
Mrinal Desai .... cinematographer: second unit
Ikram Hussian .... grip
Vishal Jain .... first assistant camera
Sunil Khandpur .... Steadicam operator
B. Durga Kishore Kumar .... second assistant camera
Ishika Mohan .... still photographer
G. Monic Kumar .... first assistant camera
Thomas Neivelt .... gaffer
Kevin Nunes .... still photographer
Gyanendra Pratap .... digital media Manager
Satish Venkataramana .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Kelly Valentine Hendry .... casting associate
Swapnil Kore .... casting assistant
Rhea Lawyer .... casting assistant
Tom Reed .... casting assistant
Meredith Tucker .... additional casting: North America (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Riyaz Ali Merchant .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Udayan Baijal .... assistant editor
Matthew Bristowe .... digital intermediate supervisor
Paul Byrne .... dailies supervisor
Celia Haining .... assembly editor
Tom Kemplen .... second assistant editor
Jaime Leonard .... on-line editor
Begoña Lopez .... digital intermediate supervisor
Alexandra Montgomery .... post-production coordinator
Vivek Pratap .... assembly editor
Catriona Richardson .... first assistant editor
Ejaz Shalkh .... first assistant editor
Prashant Sharma .... telecine dailies colorist
Anuradha Singh .... assembly editor
Jean-Clement Soret .... colorist
 
Music Department
Niv Adiri .... music editor
Gulzar .... lyricist
Noel James .... music coordinator
Pravin Mani .... arrangement & programming
Aditya Modi .... music engineer
Simon Mortimer .... music associate
Srinivas Murthy .... music assistant (as Srinivasa Murty)
Srinivas Murthy .... vocal supervisor (as Srinivasa Murty)
A.R. Rahman .... music producer
Shadab Rayeen .... music engineer
Andy Richards .... original score mixer
Tanvi Shah .... playback singer
H. Sridhar .... music engineer
Viviane .... music engineer
 
Transportation Department
Bhawani Singh .... transportation manager (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nazar Abbas .... director: behind-the-scenes
Maxima Basu .... assistant: director
Paresh Behera .... production accountant
Thom Berryman .... media transfer engineer
Aarti Bhatia .... production coordinator: Mumbai
Neil Calder .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Stefan Ciupek .... post production consultant
Tonia Cohen .... script clearance
Matt Curtis .... title designer
Harry Dixon .... business & legal affairs
Monal Dutia .... film courier
Navit Dutt .... location manager
Gaia Elkington .... assistant to Danny Boyle and Christian Colson
Ollie Gatehouse .... post production assistant
Juliette Howell .... script editor
Deepak Jaitely .... production accountant
Polly Johnsen .... studio executive (uncredited)
Rahul Khandare .... assistant to location manager
Sam Lavender .... developmental editor: Film4
Diarmuid McKeown .... production executive
Tushaar Mehra .... technical consultant
Tariq Mirza .... production legal
Debbie Moore .... finance controller
Chirag Nihalani .... key production assistant
George Pank .... business affairs: Pathe
Raakesh Parekh .... tech support head: Pixion
Gyanendra Pratap .... media management
Rajesh Rajilal .... production assistant
Neil Sadwelkar .... technology manager: Pixion
Diraj Sarode .... assistant business manager: Pixion
Nuvendra Singh .... script supervisor (as Nikki)
Nuvendra Singh .... script supervisor
Rakesh Singh .... production coordinator
Asheet Thakur .... business manager: Pixion
Ian Thomson .... publicist
Vishal Tyagi .... armorer
Helen Varty .... assistant: Tessa Ross
Longiness Fernandes .... choreographer: "Jai Ho" dance sequence (uncredited)
Mahendra Singh .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language
Runtime:
120 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Belgium:KT | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | India:A (cinema release) | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R13 | New Zealand:R16 (DVD rating) | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Africa:13V | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #44838)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The current exchange rate for 20,000,000 Rupees (the grand prize on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire") is USD$411,600.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The trains on which Jamal and Salim escape and live for many days have compartments painted in blue color. The blue color compartments came into existence at a later date. The compartments were painted Red back then.See more »
Quotes:
Middle Jamal:[seeing the Taj Mahal] Is this heaven?
Middle Salim:You're not dead Jamal.
Middle Jamal:What is it? Some hotel?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?See more »

FAQ

Where did Jamal get the $100 bill to give to Arvind?
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536 out of 810 people found the following review useful.
The little movie that will wow audiences this year., 7 September 2008
Author: Malickfan86 from Toronto, ON

There has already been some talk coming from Telluride that this film is set to be this year's 'Juno.' It does have the same distributor and it is set for the same release period, and for anyone who hears this buzz, they will definitely not be disappointed.

During the premiere of the final cut (in the words of director Danny Boyle) at the Toronto International Film Festival, the audience gave the film an incredibly enthusiastic response, and it went on to win the People's Choice Award. Boyle, who is somewhat like a British Richard Linklater for yet again surprising the audience with such diverse subject matter, worked his magic. He transcended genres and created a truly unique and energetic picture.

Just about every aspect of this film deserves merit, and above all it belongs to Boyle, who managed to assemble such a massive achievement. The score by A.R. Rahman, with contributions from M.I.A., perfectly accompanies the action on screen. Still, it is great enough to be listened to on its own. With India as a backdrop, Boyle and his cinematographer have composed some remarkable images. The acting is roundly impressive, especially coming from the younger cast, almost all of which has never acted before.

The film begins as Jamal (Skins' Dev Patel) is under interrogation by Mumbai police for cheating on India's version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, being only one question away from winning it all. As the inspector says, even doctors and lawyers cannot come close to the 20m rupee prize, and so Jamal, having grown up on the streets of Mumbai, cannot possibly know these things. As Jamal tries to avoid further torture, he begins to explain to the police how he knew each of the answers. Flashbacks present Jamal's boyhood and explain how he got to the show.

At the centre of his journey is his brother, Salim, and a girl, Latika, who is left a homeless orphan after an attack that took Jamal's mother as well. After running from a man who exploits the trio for labour, Jamal replays the incident when Latika left his life when she was unable to catch a moving train. His uncertainty of her fate on the streets of Mumbai and his intense desire to see his first and only love again lead him to the interrogation room where the film began.

Like 'Juno,' Slumdog Millionaire is by genre a comedic drama, but it becomes much more. The film asks questions about fate, righteousness, greed, and even urban sprawl. Above all, however, it asks about love in the face of the most dire obstacles, and if it can truly prosper. Jamal's story is a tragic and unfortunate one, but as seen through his eyes, it is still beautiful. The vast colour palate of India overwhelm any negative feelings, and Jamal's hope of finding and being with Latika overwhelm despair. For Jamal, 20m rupees isn't his prize. It would be nearly impossible for there to be a better picture this year.

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