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Slumdog Millionaire

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2008
  • Danny Boyle
  • 115 mins
  • 15

Summary

Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning drama starring Dev Patel and Freida Pinto. Teenager Jamal Malik is one question away from winning the top prize on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? when the police intervene and accuse him of cheating. Under brutal interrogation, Jamal recounts the story of his life in the slums of Mumbai and how fate has brought him to this place and time.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Jamal Malik (older)Dev Patel
Latika (older)Freida Pinto
Salim Malik (older)Madhur Mittal
PremAnil Kapoor
InspectorIrfan Khan
Jamal (middle)Tanay Chheda
Latika (middle)Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar
Salim (middle)Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala
Jamal (youngest)Ayush Mahesh Khedekar
Latika (youngest)Rubina Ali

Crew

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DirectorDanny Boyle
Co directorLoveleen Tandan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Pathe{acute}
Released on
2009-01-09
Languages
English | Hindi | German | French
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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