Slumdog Millionaire

Synopsis: 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 Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000) (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. Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan (co-director)
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  Won 8 Oscars. Another 144 wins & 126 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

hello world

Bombay, 2006

Jamal Malik is one question away

from winning 20 million rupees.

How did he do it?

He cheated

He's lucky

He's a genius

It is written

Good evening! (speaks Hindi)

Welcome to "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"!

Are you ready?


Please give a big round of applause

to a very first contestant of the night

Jamal Malik from our very

own... (speaks Hindi) Mumbay!

Hello, let's play.

Smile, you'll be fine.


Motherchud, name!

Jamal Malik.

You have a name. Good. Stop crying.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much.

So, Jamal...

tell me something about yourself.

I work in a call-center

in Juhu. - Good.

A phone basher..

And what type of call-center should that be?

XL5 mobile phones.

So you are the one who calls me up

every single day of my life

with special offers, huh?

No, actually I am an assistant.

An assistant phone basher?

And what does an assistant

phone basher do exactly?

I get tea for people and...

Chaiwalla. A chaiwalla.

Well, ladies and gentlemen,

Jamal Malik... (speaks Hindi)

chaiwalla from Mumbay,

let's play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"!

So, has he confessed yet?

Except his name I could not get

anything of him.

You have been here the whole bloody

night, Srinivas. What have you been doing?

He's a tough guy.

A little electricity will

loosen his tongue, give him.

Yes sir.

So, were you wired up?

Mobile phone or a pager?

Or coughing accomplice in the audience?

Or microchip under your skin, huh?

The chip is not here.

Not here? Ok, leave it.

It's hot, and my wife is giving me hell.

I've got a desk full of murderers, rapists,

extortionists, bomb bandits, and you.

So why don't you save us both a lot of time

and tell me how you cheated.

I'm done sir.

Now listen.


He's is unconscious,

chutiya. What good is that?

How many times have I told

you, you should once...

I'm sorry sir.

(Speaks Hindi)

Now we'll have Amnesty International here

peeing in their pants about human rights.

Sir I was thinking...

Get him down, tidy him up please.

For God's sake!

Sir, what if he did know whe answers?

Professors, doctors, lawyers,

general knowledge-wallas

never get beyond 60000 rupees.

He's on 10 million.

What can a slumdog possibly know?

The answers.

I knew the answers.

Slumdog Millionaire.

Jamal, catch it!

Jamal, it's yours!

How did you manage to drop

a sitter like that, damn it?

Private ka-land!

Catch him!

The dogs are coming! Run!

If the planes won't kill you, we will!

Hey brother!


I'm very sorry.

Oh sh*t, it's Mum.

You want me to wallop you to death, huh?

Brother, leave these two to me.

Come on.


The Three Musketeers.

Repeat it!

"You have sent for me, Sir?" said Athos.

Ah, here come our very own musketeers.

Thank you for gracing us all

with your presence.


Well, open it, Salim.

Stop doing that and open the book, Jamal.


So... Mr. Malik

the man who knows all the answers.


(Speaks Hindi) Talk!

So Jamal, are you ready for the

first question, for 1000 rupees?


Not bad money to sit on a chair

and answer a question.

Better than making tea, no?

No. Yes. No.

No? Yes? No? Is that your final answer?

So remember. You have three lifelines.

Ask the audience, fifty-fifty

and call a friend.

So the first question, for 1000 rupees,

here we go.

Who was the star in the 1973

hit-film "Zanjeer"?

I'm in trouble, here...

Here... Money. Take the money...

Get out of there, Jamal.

Prakash wants a big one.

Not finished.

Stop your time-pass boys. This is urgent...

It's a shy one...

and since when there is

a time limit on a crap?

This is borderline kid. Get a move on...

Since there was a customer waiting,

that's when Jamal!

Give me the money back!

Give! I'll go elsewhere.

Bloody idiot.

You just lost me a bloody customer.

Amitabh's helicopter!

That's Amitabh's helicopter!


Amitabh Bachchan!

Salim, open it!

Amitabh Bachchan!

My Amitabh sir!

Move, move! Out of the way!

Please wait, I am coming for you!

Amitabh sir, please give me your autograph

You've got it now have you?

Amitabh's autograph?

That was my autograph!

Amitabh gave it to me!

I'll never get another!

He offered a good price, so I sold it.

But it was mine...

A, Amitabh Bachchan.

Guess what, you're right.

You just won 1,000 rupees.

You don't have to be a genius.

I knew it was Amitabh Bachchan.

Like I said, you do not have to be a genius.

He's the most famous man in India.

A picture of three lions, as seen

on the national emblem of India.

What is written underneath?

The truth alone triumphs

Lies alone triumph

Fashion alone triumphs

Money alone triumphs

What do you think, Jamal?

The most famous phrase of our country.

Do you like to call a friend?

Ask the audience.

Who'd put him out of his

misery, ladies and gentlemen?

My five-year old daughter

can answer that question,

but you couldn't.

That's strange for a millionaire genius.

What happened?

Your accomplice sneaked out for a piss?

The inspector is asking something.

How much is panipuri at

Dharisha store on Chowpatty?


Panipuri. One plate. How much?

- 10 rupees.

- Wrong.

Who stole Constable Varmy's bicycle

outside Santa Cruz station last Thursday?

You know who that was?

Everyone in Juhu knows that.

Even five year olds.

Congratulations, Jamal.

You just won 4,000 rupees.

A 16 thousand rupees.

Religion. Interesting.

In depictions of God Rama he is

famously holding what in his right hand?


Salim, Jamal! Run!

They're Muslims, get them!

Get a move on! Come with us!

Hey, get lost!

Are you deaf? I said piss off!

Come with us.

I wake up every morning wishing I did

not know the answer to that question.

If it wasn't for Rama and Allah...

I would still have a mother.

A bow and arrow.

Final answer?

Final answer.

Computer, (speaks Hindi) D (speaks Hindi)?

You just won 16000 rupees.

Well done, my friend.

Time for commercial break.

Don't go away now.

You got lucky, huh?

If I were you I'd take the money and run.

You're not going to the next one.

Piss off!

She'll have the security guard on us!

Let her in.

She could be the third musketeer.

I'm the elder in this family now,

and I say, she's not coming in, okay?

In any case...

We don't even know the name

of the third bloody musketeer.


Come over here.

Where's your mother?

Your father?

I'm Jamal.

This is my brother Salim.

I'm Latika.

You can sleep here if you want.

Thank you Jamal.

Welcome back to "Who

Wants To Be A Milionaire?"

Our contestant, Jamal Malik,

call-center assistant from Mumbay,

is on 16 thousand rupees,

and has already used only one

lifeline, ask the audience.

So my friend, you're into serious money.

Shall we play?


The song "Darshan Do Ghanshyam" was

written by which famous Indian poet?



Mira Bai


It's hot, huh?

The way he's taking care of

us, he must be a good man.

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Simon Beaufoy

Simon Beaufoy (born 1967) is a British screenwriter. Born in Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire, he was educated at Malsis School in Cross Hills, Ermysted's Grammar School and Sedbergh School, he read English at St Peter's College, Oxford and graduated from Arts University Bournemouth. In 1997 he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for The Full Monty. He went on to win the 2009 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire as well as winning a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award. more…

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