Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
October 16, 2022 8:57 AM - Subscribe

As 18-year-old Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) answers questions on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," flashbacks show how he got there. Part of a stable of young thieves after their mother dies, Jamal and his brother, Salim, survive on the streets of Mumbai. Salim finds the life of crime agreeable, but Jamal scrapes by with small jobs until landing a spot on the game show.

Also starring Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor, Raj Zutshi, Jeneva Talwar, Freida Pinto, Irrfan Khan, Azharuddin Mohammed.

Directed by Danny Boyle. Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy based on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup.

Currently streaming in the US on HBO Max. Also available for digital rental on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total)
I heard that Danny Boyle's daughter recommended Dev Patel after seeing him on Skins.
posted by transient at 9:39 AM on October 16, 2022 [1 favorite]

Transient, I heard the same thing too. I think it was in this interview, which also has another story I loved - that whenever he attends an Indian club or wedding or something like that, and the DJ sees him, they will at some point put on "Jai Ho" and then grin at him expectantly, so he's starting to consider avoiding that situation....
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:23 PM on October 16, 2022

I love this movie so much. From the love story to the trivia questions, to the back and forth timeline to the closing credits to Jai Ho. I love everything about this movie. It hits all of the buttons for me, content-wise and stylistically.
posted by sundrop at 5:07 PM on October 16, 2022 [1 favorite]

Worth noting that M.I.A., aka Maya Arulpragasam, who contributed to the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, is currently having a moment on social media for her right-wing reactionary hot-takes. Despite making a song that absolutely slaps, it's worth pointing out she's always been, "a rich girl moron who wears politics as a fashion accessory."
posted by peeedro at 5:46 PM on October 16, 2022 [3 favorites]

I love everything about this movie.
I can think of a few scenes I could have done without. But otherwise, yes..
posted by Nerd of the North at 8:58 PM on October 16, 2022

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