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British director Danny Boyle takes another intriguing career turn with this heartfelt underdog tale. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is a street kid (or "slumdog") who has landed an appearance on India's version of the hit TV game show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? Jamal exceeds expectations on the show, and the producers alert the police after they become suspicious of his methods. The young contestant is subsequently arrested and is interrogated at the hands of a nameless police inspector (played by Bollywood star Irfan Khan). As the interrogation proceeds, Boyle tells Jamal's story through harrowing flashbacks that both show the terrible poverty of Mumbai and help explain how he knew the answers to the MILLIONAIRE questions.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is a tightly woven story that has been expertly edited into shape. The contrast between Jamal's upbringing and his chance of escaping it on the show are adeptly juxtaposed. Mumbai is portrayed as a place of terrifying poverty and unforgettable brutality, and Jamal and his brother get into a never-ending succession of challenging situations. But the way Boyle ties together Jamal's life experiences with his answers on the show is quite brilliant, and the film really does run the full gamut of emotions as we see him growing up, falling in love, coming close to death, and teetering on the brink of escaping from his terrible predicament. The film belongs to Boyle's cast, who are mostly unknown outside of India. Patel, in particular, gives a startlingly mature performance that audiences are likely to remember long after the credits role on this affecting feature.

Cast

Dev PatelOlder Jamal
Saurabh ShuklaSergeant Srinivas
Anil KapoorPrem
Rajendranath ZutshiDirector (as Raj Zutshi)
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

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/slumdogmillionaire/
  • Genre: Crime Movies
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Producer: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Length: 120 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 12, 2008
    EuropeJan 9, 2009
    JapanApr 18, 2009
    AustraliaDec 18, 2008
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanPG-12
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMar 31, 2009
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 31, 2009
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