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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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Drama, Romance |

Slumdog Millionaire is a British drama film that is a loose adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author Vikas Swarup, telling the story of 18-year-old Jamal Malik from the Juhu slums of Mumbai. Starring Dev Patel as Jamal, and filmed in India, the film was directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson, with Loveleen Tandan credited as co-director. As a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Jamal surprises everyone by being able to answer every question correctly. Accused of cheating, Jamal recounts his life story to the police, illustrating how he is able to answer each question correctly.

After its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and later screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival, Slumdog Millionaire had a nationwide release in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2009, in India on 23 January 2009, and in the United States on 25 December 2008. Regarded as a sleeper hit, Slumdog Millionaire was widely acclaimed, being praised for its plot, soundtrack, direction, and performances (especially Patel’s).

Eighteen-year-old Jamal Malik, an Indian Muslim from the Dharavi slum, is a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and is one question away from the grand prize. However, before the ₹20 million question, he is detained and tortured by the police, who suspect him of cheating. Through a series of flashbacks, Jamal recounts the incidents in his life that provided him with each answer.

Jamal’s flashbacks begin when he is five years old. He manages to obtain the autograph of Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan after jumping into an outhouse cesspit. Jamal’s older brother Salim later sells the autograph. The incident is followed immediately by the death of the siblings’ mother during the Bombay riots. As the brothers flee the riot they meet Latika, a girl from their slum. Salim is reluctant to take her in, but Jamal suggests that she could be their “third musketeer”, a reference to the Alexandre Dumas novel The Three Musketeers. Although the brothers had read the novel in school, albeit not diligently, and referred to themselves as Athos and Porthos, it is revealed that they do not know the third musketeer’s name. Latika ultimately joins the group despite Salim’s initial refusal.

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan (co-director)

Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Vikas Swarup (novel)

Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, Rubina Ali

Cast:

Dev PatelOlder Jamal
Saurabh ShuklaSergeant Srinivas
Anil KapoorPrem
Raj ZutshiDirector
Jeneva TalwarVision Mixer
Freida PintoOlder Latika
Irrfan KhanPolice Inspector
Azharuddin Mohammed IsmailYoungest Salim
Ayush Mahesh KhedekarYoungest Jamal
Jira BanjaraAirport Security Guard (as Hira Banjara)
Sheikh WaliAirport Security Guard
Mahesh ManjrekarJaved
Sanchita ChoudharyJamal’s Mother
Himanshu TyagiMr Nanda
Sharib HashmiPrakash
Virendra ChatterjeeSlum Man
Feroze KhanAmitabh Bachchan
Sunil Kumar AgrawalMr. Chi (as Sunil Aggarwal)
Virender KumarMan on Fire (as Virender Kumar Gharu)
Devesh RawalBlue Boy
Rubina AliYoungest Latika
Ankur VikalMaman
TigerPunnoose
Chirag ParmarYoung Arvind
Nazneen ShaikhBaby
Farzana AnsariLatika’s Friend
Anupam ShyamOld Villager
Salim ChausTicket Collector
Singh Shera FamilyFamily in Train
Harvinder KaurFamily in Train
Narendra Singh BhatiFamily in Train (as Narendra Singh)
Tanay ChhedaMiddle Jamal (as Tanay Hemant Chheda)
Ashutosh Lobo GajiwalaMiddle Salim
Satya MudgalTaj Mahal Guide
Janet de VigneAda / Mrs MacKintosh
William ReltonPeter
David GilliamClark
Mia DrakeAdele (as Mia Inderbitzin)
Kinder SinghDriver
Christine Matovich SinghOpera Singer
Thomas LehmkuhlOpera Singer
Siddesh PatilOlder Arvind
Najma ShaikhWoman at Brothel
Saeeda ShaikhWoman at Brothel
Alka SatputeWoman at Brothel
Tabassum KhanWoman at Brothel
Tanvi Ganesh LonkarMiddle Latika
Sitaram PanchalDance Teacher
Nigel CaesarHotel Security Guard
Ajit PandeyJaved’s Goon
Kedar ThaparJaved’s Goon
Amit LeonardJaved’s Goon
Rajesh KumarJaved’s Goon
Sagar GhopalkarJaved’s Goon
Pradeep SolankiJaved’s Goon
Abdul Hamid ShaikhJaved’s Goon (as Hamid Sheikh)
Dheeraj WaghelaJaved’s Goon
Shruti SethCall Centre Instructor (as Shruti S Seth)
Arfi LambaBardi
Taira ColahNasreen
Varun BagriCall Centre Trainee
Ankur TewariDave
Anjum SharmaOperator
Madhur MittalOlder Salim
Sarfaraz KhanAutorickshaw Driver
Syed Fazal HussainAutorickshaw Driver (as Syed Hussain)
Umar KhanAutorickshaw Driver (as Umer Khan)
Imran HasneeJaved’s House Doorkeeper
Homai BillimoriaKBC Contestant
Udayan BaijalCricket Commentator
Sandeep KaulFloor Manager
Rufee AhmedDouble for Irrfan Khan
Rhea LawyerTV Reporter
Deepali DalviDancer at Javed’s Safehouse
Anisha NagarDancer at Javed’s Safehouse
Farrah ShaikhDancer at Javed’s Safehouse
Mamta SharmaDancer at Javed’s Safehouse
Neha M. KhatarawallaDancer at Javed’s Safehouse
Tanya SinghNewsreader
Anand TiwariNewsreader
Faezeh JalaliNewsreader
Meghana JhalaniNewsreader
Rupali MehraNewsreader
Anju SinghNewsreader
Saurabh AgarwalCall Centre Manager
Mark BoucherSelf – South African Cricketer (archive footage)
Andre NelSelf – South African Cricketer (archive footage)
Yuvraj SinghSelf – Indian Cricketer (archive footage)
Sachin TendulkarSelf – Indian Cricketer (archive footage)
Amitabh BachchanSelf (archive footage)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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