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Slumdog Millionaire

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Directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Danny Boyle (who earlier directed films such as TRAINSPOTTING, 28 DAYS LATER & SUNSHINE) and written by Simon Beaufoy, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE stars Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Dev Patel, Madhur Mittal and Freida Pinto.

This is Anil Kapoor's first International project also featuring Irrfan Khan alongside.

The film is based on the best selling novel Q&A by Vikas Swarup and has a tongue-in-cheek humour. The film has been mostly shot in Mumbai.

Hollywood big studios Fox Searchlight and Warner Bros. have teamed up to distribute the film. The film also has a few more Indian names attached to it. Sukhwinder Singh has sung a song for the film and the music is composed by the music maestro A.R. Rehman which has lyrics by Gulzar.

Initially, Amitabh Bachchan was offered this role of the quizmaster since he had played the part on the famous game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' with great effect. But after he expressed his inability, Shah Rukh Khan was approached but then the King Khan cited date problems and excused himself out. Anil Kapoor was the next choice and he lapped up the chance immediately.

The film is scheduled to release on November 19, 2008 in US and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival where it won the top prize, the People's Choice Award.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'

But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions.

Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show?

When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out...

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