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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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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?"

Directors:

Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan (co-director)

Writers:

Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Vikas Swarup (novel)
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Won 8 Oscars. Another 144 wins & 126 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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 Sharib Hashmi ... Prakash
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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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Taglines:

Love and money... You have mixed them both. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | France | Germany | India

Language:

English | Hindi | French | German

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser millonario See more »

Filming Locations:

India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$360,018, 16 November 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$141,319,928

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$377,910,544
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When viewers objected to the term "Slumdog" as racist-sounding, director Danny Boyle explained that it wasn't; the word is a combination of Jamal's twin standings as a "slum-dweller" and an "underdog". See more »

Goofs

When Jamal explains the answer for "truth alone triumphs" question, Jamal asks the inspector for the price of Pani Puri, but the video shown is that of Dahi Puri. See more »

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Prem Kumar: The chaiwalah has done it again!
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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 Dr. Cabbie (2014) See more »

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Darshan Do Ghanshyam
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Written by Gopal Singh Nepali
Performed by Ayush Mahesh Khedekar
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An overrated movie....
11 January 2009 | by Sourish KarmakarSee all my reviews

Though the movie was commendable in portraying the real India, but the script was all too dreamy to cast any effect on the viewers. It was clearly evident that it is made by foreign guys who only knew one thing about India that it is poor and poor people abuse. Direction was good and so was the camera work. The kids who portrayed the younger version were so brilliant that you won't believe that they are kids. Though the main character was well chosen but I guess the casting people were too busy on the lead that they forgot to take interest on other characters.The script had too many loopholes but I guess the slum-boy turning to millionaire sympathy saved the movie. Overall it is a nice entertainment with some excellent music score by A.R. Rehman, but don't go expecting too much while watching the movie. Overall I will give only 6/10 to this movie with credits to the lead actor, direction, music and excellent camera work and the producers should blame the script writers and poor casting for loosing the magic figure of 10/10


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