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Title:
Slumdog Millionaire
Starring:
Dev Patel, Anil Kappor, Freida
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Starring Dev Patel as Jamal, an 18 year old orphan from the slums who gets lucky enough to go on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, this new film focuses on him getting in the hot seat, both to win big on the show and carted off by the police as they believe he's cheating. The process of Jamal reliving his childhood memories in relation to every question the cops pull him up on ; two lots of questioning - police interrogation vs. Millionaire-quiz questions makes a good plot engine.

Jamal, a 'chaiwalla' (tea boy) for a local telecoms company, has got to where he is by the skin of his teeth - it's totally inexplicable the amount of luck this boy has, but surviving insults and violence alike, it's impossible not to like his determination which gives this film it's feelgood factor. He bounces around Mumbai with his older brother Salim (Asharuddin Mohammed Ismail), fending for themselves off what little the city has to offer, after being orphaned during a riot. The 'Two Musketteers' find their missing third Musketeer during the same riot - a girl called Lakita (Frieda Pinto), who Jamal falls for - and scavenge on the streets until they're picked up by an orphanage, whose manager has thoughts on his mind other than looking after disadvantaged children. As they grow up their lives are continually haunted by this Fagin character, and Jamal learns all he needs to answer the questions on Millionaire (albeit the hard way) from his life of strife.

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