A Mumbai teenager reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?".


Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan (co-director)


Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Vikas Swarup (novel)
1,240 ( 356)
Won 8 Oscars. Another 145 wins & 133 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dev Patel ... Older Jamal
Saurabh Shukla ... Sergeant Srinivas
Anil Kapoor ... Prem
Raj Zutshi ... Director
Jeneva Talwar Jeneva Talwar ... Vision Mixer
Freida Pinto ... Older Latika
Irrfan Khan ... Police Inspector
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail ... Youngest Salim
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar ... Youngest Jamal
Jira Banjara Jira Banjara ... Airport Security Guard (as Hira Banjara)
Sheikh Wali Sheikh Wali ... Airport Security Guard
Mahesh Manjrekar ... Javed
Sanchita Choudhary Sanchita Choudhary ... Jamal's Mother
Himanshu Tyagi Himanshu Tyagi ... Mr Nanda
Sharib Hashmi ... Prakash


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 »


Drama | Romance

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

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Did You Know?


Nawazuddin Siddique stated "When Irrfan got to know that Danny Boyle was casting for Slumdog millionaire (2008) in Mumbai, he called me up and asked me, 'Tu chalega?' He told me to reach Sun-n-Sand hotel in Juhu. I remember we landed there in the morning and waited in the lobby. He met Boyle and then asked me to go meet him up too." See more »


When Salim & Jamal goto rescue Latika, he pulls out his gun and you hear the hammer being cocked and when he points the gun at the gang member the hammer is not cocked See more »


Police Inspector: Well, well. The slumdog barks.
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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 »


Referenced in ITV News at Ten: Episode dated 27 February 2020 (2020) See more »


Latika's Theme
Music by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Suzanne D'Mello
String Section Conducted by Srinivas Murthy , recorded by S. Sivakumar & T.R. Krishnachetan
Additional Music Produced by Hentry Kuruvilla
Vocals Recorded by Aditya Modi & Shadab Rayeen at PDMS Mumbai
Vocals Recorded at Nirvana Studios ,Mumbai
Recorded at A M Studios Chennai
Music Engineers : Pallikonda Adrushta Deepak & Viviane
Song Mixed by H. Sridhar
Mixed at Panchathan Rec Inn Chennai
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Slum Dogma
2 February 2009 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Bless us all, Danny Boyle is in his prime. His "Sunshine" was lifeatleringly effective for me. He does things with a camera that are new, effective. He does better than others in providing a story foundation that fits the cinematic effects. He's visually clever. Its all more than enough for me.

Here, he appeases audiences too much for my taste in building a happy ending that has you walking out actually believing that you have seen a happy romance, worthy of Bollywood dance fantasy. This, I suppose is his answer to those who were confused by "Sunshine"s failure to support a common genre. Alas, a shame.

But the cinematic bits are more than enough.

Quite apart from the romance, what we have here is a (unique I think) synthesis of the film (here a TeeVee show) within that affects the film without plus a similar device of memory within. Here it is both a recall and a storytelling. The earlier in life we go, the more hectic and jagged the visions. It starts with one of the three "City of God" types of choppy editing and slowly bleeds into a normally paced picture. But that "City of God" stuff was mostly just in camera motion, and intended to contrast with the other two "personalities."

Here it is in the camera, in the movement of the actors and deeply in the editing. Its integrated and cinematic. Its brilliant. I think that is because of the way Boyle has digested the results of Dogma 95. There was a lot of pretentious stuff in that manifesto, but its core and ultimately its effect has been the opposite of the intended. The capture of the natural to be true has to involve intrusive craft, not lack of craft. Boyle, without notice has picked up Dogma graduates for his crew, more this time than usual.

The beginning of this film is true, powerful, full of life, energy. It is real. As it progresses and our hero enters and is accepted into TeeVee land it becomes more romantic and unreal, more like a Bollywood romance. It is more powerful than any from Bollywood because we assume it to be real from the beginning. Clever.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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