Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle (2008)

115min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Shot almost entirely on the streets of Mumbai, British director Danny Boyle's hyper-energetic rags-to-riches tale (and winner of eight Oscars) aims to dazzle and delight from the start, and for the most part it succeeds. Dev Patel plays the titular "slumdog" Jamal, a poverty-stricken orphan who's enjoying a triumphant run on India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. He's now just one correct answer away from the jackpot of 20 million rupees, but the show's host becomes suspicious and the police are brought in. During Jamal's interrogation, episodes from his extraordinary life unfold, revealing that each quiz question relates to a different experience - ranging from the tragic to the rumbustiously comical. Patel is an appealing lead and he is ably supported by Freida Pinto as his lifelong love interest Latika and Madhur Mittal as his cynical, morally compromised brother Salim. But the movie's real star is the city itself, which is brought to hectic, exuberant life by Boyle and ace cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.

Summary

An uneducated teenager from the Mumbai slums is only one question away from winning a quiz show, but the authorities are reluctant to believe a youngster from such a humble background could succeed without cheating. Under questioning, he tells a police inspector the eventful story of his life - and how he came to know so much. Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning drama, starring Dev Patel and Freida Pinto.

Cast & Crew

Jamal K Malik Dev Patel
Latika Freida Pinto
Salim Madhur Mittal
Youngest Jamal Ayush Mahesh Khedekar
Youngest Latika Rubina Ali
Youngest Salim Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail
Prem Kumar Anil Kapoor
Sergeant Srinivas Saurabh Shukla
Director Danny Boyle
Director Loveleen Tandan
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Other Information

Language: English, Hindi, +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Jan 2009
Drama