Thursday, October 22, 2009


Based on the novel Q&A by Vikus Swarup
Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy
Directed by Danny Boyle

Dev Patel
Freida Pinto
Anil Kapoor

Premiere date: September 7, 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
R for some violence, disturbing images and language.

Jamal Malik may not have a penny to his name, but that could all change in a matter of hours. He's one question away from taking the top prize on India's most popular television game show, but as with everything else in Jamal's life, it isn't going to be easy. Arrested by police under suspicion of cheating, Jamal is interrogated by the authorities. The police simply can't believe that a common "slumdog" could possibly possess the knowledge to get this far in the game, and in order to convince them of how he gained such knowledge, Jamal reflects back on his childhood. As young boys, Jamal and his older brother, Salim, lived in squalor and lost their mother. Subsequently forced to rely on their own wits to survive, the desperate siblings eventually befriend adorable young Latika as they try to survive on the unforgiving streets of Mumbai. Though life on the streets was never easy, Jamal's experiences ultimately instilled in him the knowledge he needed to answer the tough questions on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. And though Jamal makes a convincing case for himself, one question still remains: why would a young man with no apparent desire for wealth or fame be so determined to win big on a national game show?

Toronto International Film Festival
Audience Award
National Board of Review
Best Film
Best Breakthrough Performance (Male) - Dev Patel
Best Adapted Screenplay
10 Academy Award Nominations, 8 Wins
Best Picture
Best Director
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Film Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Sound
Best Sound Editing
Best Original Score
Best Original Song - "Jai Ho"
Best Original Song - "O Saya"


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