Slumdog Millionaire

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Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film about a Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, who 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.

Directed by Danny Boyle, co-directed by Loveleen Tandan. Written by Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel Q and A by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup.
Love and money... You have mixed them both.

Jamal Malik

  • [to Latika] I will wait for you, 5 pm everyday at the train station.
  • I wake up every morning wishing I didn't know the answer to that question. If it wasn't for Rama and Allah, I'd still have a mother.


  • Police Inspector: Money and women: the reasons for make most mistakes in life. Looks like you've mixed up both.
  • Prem Kumar: A few hours ago, you were giving chai for the phone walahs. And now you're richer than they will ever be. What a player!


Is this heaven?
Jamal: [wakes up and sees the Taj Mahal.] Is this heaven?
Salim: You're not dead, Jamal.
Jamal: What is it? Some hotel?

Prem Kumar: It's getting hot in here.
Jamal: Are you nervous?
Prem Kumar: What? Am I nervous ? It's you who's in the hot seat, my friend!
Jamal: Yes, sorry.

Salim: Left a message for you at work.
Jamal: There was no message.
Salim: I definitely left a mess...
Jamal: There was no message! There was no message! There was no message! I will never forgive you!
Salim: I know.

Latika: You want to do something for me?
Jamal: Anything.
Latika: Then forget me!

Jamal: I love you.
Latika: So what? It's too late Jamal.

Prem Kumar: Final question for twenty million rupees, and he's smiling. I guess you know the answer.
Jamal: Do you believe it, I don't!
Prem Kumar: You don't? So you take the ten million and walk?
Jamal: No. I'll play.

Prem Kumar: Get a lot of $100 bills in your line of work?
Jamal: The minimum tip for my services.
Prem Kumar: Oh. Now I know why my cell phone bills are so high.

Jamal: I knew you'd be watching.
Latika: I thought we'd meet again only in death.
Jamal: This is our destiny.
Latika: Kiss me.

Jamal: Run away with me.
Latika: And live on what?
Jamal: Love...



Quotes about Slumdog Millionaire

  • [Vikas Swarup, author of the book on which the movie is based] explained how he had named the protagonist Ram Mohammed Thomas, representing every street kid in India, while Boyle had changed this into Jamal Malik, a fully Muslim name. He communalized the plot, with Jamal’s mother being killed by Hindu communal rioters and a Rama impersonation presiding over the violence. Boyle turned the protagonist into a poor hapless Muslim and the Hindus into the bad guys. In this context, blinding a child-beggar to make him earn more by singing a Hindu religious song (a practice of which even the missionary sister Jeanne Devos says she has never come across an actual case during decades of social work in Mumbai), and of course not a Muslim song, adds to the image of Hinduism as gruesome. Briefly, he turned an innocent story into an anti-Hindu story... The fact that the writer, as a somewhat secularized Hindu, representative for dozens or even hundreds of millions of similar Hindus, fails to see the hostile intention and the very partisan effect of this manipulation, says a lot about the silly and ultimately suicidal mentality prevalent among Hindus. Only a community of sleepwalkers could willingly come to the humiliating situation of the Hindus in India and the flood of anti-Hindu slander in the media.
    • About the difference between the movie and the book. Koenraad Elst, On Modi Time : Merits And Flaws of Hindu Activism In Its Day Of Incumbency – 2015. Ch.7 Vikas Swarup
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