Paramount at the Movies Presents: Slumdog Millionaire [R]
Movies | 08/28/2021 | 7:00PM
Love and life in a Mumbai slum inspire an Indian youth’s amazing run on a popular TV game show in this 2008 Best Picture Oscar winner.
Jamal Malik, a penniless eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, is one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, suddenly, he is arrested on suspicion of cheating. After all, how could an uneducated street kid possibly know so much? Determined to get to the bottom of Jamal’s story, the jaded Police Inspector spends the night probing Jamal’s incredible past, from his riveting tales of the slums where he and his brother Salim survived by their wits to his hair-raising encounters with local gangs to his heartbreak over Latika, the unforgettable girl he loved and lost. 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 doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out…
Did you know?
- Director Danny Boyle placed the money to be paid to the 3 lead child actors in a trust that is to be released to them upon their completion of grade school at 16 years of age. The production company has set up for an auto-rikshaw driver to take the kids to school every day until they are 16 years old.
- 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.”
- This is the first ‘de facto’ foreign film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since The Last Emperor (1987) in 1988. Neither film was produced or supported by a major American film studio.
- Danny Boyle originally wanted Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan — who had hosted the final season of Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000) (the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998)) — to play the game show host, but the actor was not available. The actor who plays the host, Anil Kapoor, was a guest on the show and won 5,000,000 Rupees.
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