Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Million aire is an exhilarating, un predictable coming-of-age story that moves with the speed of a freight train and springs as many visual surprises as an Advent calendar.

Adapting Vikas Swarup’s novel Q & A, Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy begin with the triumph of a young man from the Mumbai slums, Jamal (Dev Patel), on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? In winning 10 million rupees, Jamal represents the dream of being lifted from poverty. But the TV show’s host (Anil Kapoor) finds the boy’s knowledge implausible, and he has Jamal arrested by a police inspector (Irfan Khan) who tortures him to make him reveal how he’s managed to cheat so successfully.

 

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