Director: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan
Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla
Plot: 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
Director Danny Boyle placed the money to be paid to the 3 lead child actors in a trust that is to be released to them upon their completion of grade school at 16 years of age. The production company has set up for an auto-rikshaw driver to take the kids to school everyday until they are 16 years old.
The pile of excreta that the young Jamal jumps into was made from a combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
Danny Boyle originally wanted Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan who had hosted the final season of Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000) (the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998)) to play the game show host. However Khan turned down the role, concerned that he did not want to give his audience the impression that the real show was a fraud by playing a fraud host in the movie.
When viewers objected to the term "Slumdog" as racist-sounding, director Danny Boyle explained that it wasn't; the word is a combination of Jamal's twin standings as a "slum-dweller" and an "underdog".
This movie almost was released straight to DVD instead of getting a theatrical release.
Local Indian authorities decided to step in and move the children and their families from slums to new houses.
One of two Best Picture Oscar winners to show a child jumping into the waste pool under a toilet. The other is Schindler's List (1993).
In almost all scenes with the character Latika, she is seen to be wearing something yellow.
ndian diplomat Vikas Swarup wrote his debut novel 'Q and A' after he was inspired by Professor Sugata Mitra's "Hole in the Wall" experiment, which set up computer kiosks in Indian slums so that anyone could use them and have access to the Internet. The novel was then adapted into the screenplay of Slumdog Millionaire.
The song "Jai Ho" was originally made for movie Yuvvraaj (2008), composed by A.R. Rahman and lyrics written by Gulzar, but the producer Subhash Ghai did not find it fitting in the movie for the actor Zayed Khan, so he let the song be used for this production.
The opera that Jamal and Salim see a bit of from under the bleachers at the Taj Mahal is Christoph Willibald Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice" based on the Greek myth in which Orpheus, distraught at his wife Euridice's death, travels all the way to the Underworld in an attempt to retrieve her. Jamal's lifelong quest to rescue Latika from the various "underworld" figures who have control of her is an echo of this myth.
To hone the script, Beaufoy made three research trips to India and interviewed street children, finding himself impressed with their attitudes.
Loveleen Tandan was initially hired as a casting director. But Danny Boyle asked her to step in as co-director
Movie was influenced by Bollywood blockbusters like Satya(1998), Company(2002), Black Friday(2007) and Deewaar(1975)
Boyle has also stated that the chase in one of the opening scenes of Slumdog Millionaire was based on a "12-minute police chase through the crowded Dharavi slum" in Black Friday (2007)
A.R. Rahman took just 20 days to compose the entire soundtrack.
A.R. Rahman became the first Asian to win 2 Oscars for the same year for this flick.