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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?"

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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:
... Older Jamal
... Sergeant Srinivas
... Prem
... Director
Jeneva Talwar ... Vision Mixer
... Older Latika
... Police Inspector
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail ... Youngest Salim
... Youngest Jamal
Jira Banjara ... Airport Security Guard (as Hira Banjara)
Sheikh Wali ... Airport Security Guard
... Javed
Sanchita Choudhary ... Jamal's Mother
Himanshu Tyagi ... Mr Nanda
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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Love and money... You have mixed them both. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser millonario  »

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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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"Alle Mine Veninder" by Sys Bjerre sampled the song "Ringa Ringa". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jamal Malik: When somebody asks me a question, I tell them the answer.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Million Dollar Arm (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Gangsta Blues
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyrics by BlaaZe
Performed by BlaaZe and Tanvi Shah
Published by K.M. Musiq Ltd.
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An overrated movie....
11 January 2009 | by See 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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