Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film based on Indian novelist Vikas Swarup’s novel Q & A (2005). It tells the narrative of 18-year-old Jamal Malik from Mumbai’s Juhu slums. The film was directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson, with Loveleen Tandan listed as co-director. It starred Dev Patel as Jamal and was shot in India.
As a participant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Kaun Banega Crorepati, Jamal astounds everyone by being able to perfectly answer every question. Jamal, who has been accused of cheating, tells the police his whole biography, demonstrating how he can answer each question accurately.
Slumdog Millionaire had a nationwide release in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2009, India on 23 January 2009, and the United States on 25 December 2008, following its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and subsequent screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival.
Slumdog Millionaire was hailed as a sleeper smash, with plaudits for its plot, soundtrack, cinematography, editing, director, and acting. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009, winning eight of them, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, the most of any 2008 film. It was nominated for seven BAFTA Awards, including Best Film, as well as five Critics’ Choice Awards and four Golden Globes.