Director: Danny Boyle Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Madhur Mittal, Saurabh Shukla, Rajendranath Zutshi, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Tanay Chheda, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala, Arfi Lamba
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Danny Boyle); Best Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy); Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing; Best Original Score (A.R. Rahman); Best Original Song (A.R. Rahman & Gulzar for “Jai Ho”); Best Sound Mixing
Also Nominated For: Best Original Song (A.R. Rahman & Maya “M.I.A.” Arulpragasam for “O Saya”); Best Sound Editing
I First Saw In: 2009
Synopsis: 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.
Did You Know? Slumdog Millionaire was almost released straight to DVD with no theatrical release.
Quotables: JAMAL: When somebody asks me a question, I tell them the answer.
And now a Word from the Guise:
I’m enjoying this film a lot more this time around than I did the first time. I first watched it at the height of its hype, when it was being lauded as the greatest film of all time. Naturally my imagination ran rampant, and it wasn’t what I was expecting. Perhaps it’s because I wasn’t expecting it to be a feel-good film, and I’ve never considered feel-good films to be the stuff of greatness. Watching it again, however, I’m quite taken with it. And it is not only because of my love for Dev Patel; the film is simply amazing. It’s inspiring, uplifting, powerful. It is everything.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233