Slumdog to Stardom – a Saga of Love, Luck and Lucre

By: Tom Watson


"It was an inspired idea by Vikas Swarup to write Q & A...A broad and sympathetic humanity underpins the whole book." This was the acknowledgement from The Sunday Telegraph, London on Vikas Swarup’s debuting novel, Slumdog Millionaire. Before the release of its movie version, neither Vikas Swarup nor his so-called spectacular debut novel was popular among readers. Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy have together pictured and presented the movie in spectacular manner and have made the movie a great success in 2008. After winning 8 Academy awards from all total 11 nominations, Slumdog Millionaire is an international box office super hit.

After an excellent premiere in China, Slumdog Millionaire returned to the top of the foreign box office over the weekend, posting $12 million from 50 markets. In China, Slumdog Millionaire has started with a staggering opening of $2.93 million and the debut in China was the movie's most notable performance, ranking as the biggest launch in the past ten years for a non-Chinese or non-American movie. How someone would describe the success of Slumdog Millionaire: as Danny Boyle’s thoughtful direction or as Vikas Swarup’s realistic depiction of poor, downtrodden lad’s struggle and success? Whatever may be the reason both Danny and Swarup are genius and the success of the movie scripts the real exploration and amalgamation of both of these two.

Here follows a detailed overview of Slumdog Millionairen (Courtesy: IMDb)
User Rating: 8.5/10 (123,020 votes)
Directors: Danny Boyle
Loveleen Tandan (co-director: India)

Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) and
Vikas Swarup (novel)

Release Date: 23 January 2009 (USA) more
Genre: Crime | Drama | Romance more
Tagline: Love and money... You have mixed them both.
Plot: A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
Awards: Won 8 Oscars. Another 87 wins & 33 nominations more
Cast (Cast overview, first billed only)
Jamal K. Malik (Dev Patel)
Prem Kumar (Anil Kapoor)
Sergeant Srinivas (Saurabh Shukla)
Director (Rajendranath Zutshi)
Vision Mixer (Jeneva Talwar)
Latika (Freida Pinto)
Police Inspector (Irrfan Khan)
Youngest Salim (Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail)
Youngest Jamal (Ayush Mahesh Khedekar)
Mr Chi (Sunil Kumar Agrawal)
Airport Security Guard #1 (Jira Banjara)
Airport Security Guard #2 (Sheikh Wali)
Javed (Mahesh Manjrekar)
Jamal's Mother (Sanchita Choudhary)
Mr Nanda (Himanshu Tyagi)

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