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21st Nov '17 11:20:00 AM RxF
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* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Prakash Rao after he plots to kill his voodoo priestess wife Julie after realising how he is ruining his brother's life thanks to here.]]

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* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Prakash Rao after he plots to kill his voodoo priestess wife Julie after realising how he is ruining his brother's life thanks to here.her.]]
21st Nov '17 11:19:10 AM RxF
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* DepravedHomosexual: In the form of two paedophiles and one priest ([[spoiler:Brother John]])) who is practically a ClubKid.

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* DepravedHomosexual: In the form of two paedophiles and one priest ([[spoiler:Brother John]])) John]]) who is practically a ClubKid.
18th Nov '17 6:46:01 AM RxF
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--> [[spoiler:'''Prakash Rao''']]: [[spoiler:''[after showing Ram a tiny revolver]'' "Look at this beauty. I am going to use this to blow her head off. Then I will marry Jyotsna. You are my friend. I am drunk. And a drunken man always speaks the owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!"]]

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--> [[spoiler:'''Prakash Rao''']]: [[spoiler:''[after showing Ram a tiny revolver]'' "Look Look at this beauty. I am going to use this to blow her head off. Then I will marry Jyotsna. You are my friend. I am drunk. And a drunken man always speaks the owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!"]] owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!]]
17th Nov '17 12:26:49 AM RxF
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* PhonyVeteran: [[spoiler:Bhalwant Singh, much to everyone's shock. The amputation of his leg is not due to being shot repeatedly at it by a Pakistani soldier but running away to find his wife and baby son in their village. Shelling led to their deaths except Bhalwant who merely lost his leg.]]
17th Nov '17 12:13:59 AM RxF
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* ADayIntheLimelight: Ram's best friend Salim and retired army officer Bhalwant Singh relate their own stories to him in the chapters "Licence to Kill" and "A Soldier's Tale" respectively.

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* ADayIntheLimelight: ADayInTheLimelight: Ram's best friend Salim and retired army officer Bhalwant Singh relate their own stories to him in the chapters "Licence to Kill" and "A Soldier's Tale" respectively.



* CypherLanguage: The gibberish spoken by Shankar, a boy Ram meets in Agra is represented by this and can be easily decoded into English. InUniverse Ram points out how systematic his speech is and even picks it up later on [[spoiler:when he is accused of stealing 400,000 rupees from landlady Swapna Devi and randomly utters a sentence in it in the game show itself.]]



* EarnYourHappyEnding: Ram spends his 1 billion rupee reward to [[spoiler:get the police to arrest the syndicate running the Goregaon orphanage and transferring the crippled children in it to a much better place, bail out Agra neighbour Lajwanti and fulfill her wish to give her sister a dream wedding, fund Salim's big break as the producer and most importantly, marry Nita so she escapes the prostitute life. In fact, the drive to participate in the game show was mainly to secure her hand in marriage with the reward.]]
* EasyComeEasyGo: There are several moments where Ram amassed a generous amount of money only to lose it all in circumstances. However, they allowed him to culminate in winning much, much more in ''Who Will Win A Billion''? Case in point after winning 200,000 rupees from answering a question he knows by [[spoiler:killing a dacoit who sexually assaulted his crush on the train bound for Mumbai after rubbing the entire car.]]
--> I can't believe it. I have won back my fifty thousand rupees with three times interest. [[spoiler:Thanks to a swarthy dacoit, whose name I didn't know.]]



* HollywoodVoodoo: The story of the man and the voodoo doll.

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* HollywoodVoodoo: The story of the man Prakash Rao and the his voodoo doll.doll in the chapter "Hold On to Your Buttons".



* LandDownUnder: Ram temporarily lives with Australians, and learning the accent [[ChekhovsGun comes in handy.]]

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* LittleUselessGun: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. A snub-nosed, compact revolver recurs throughout the novel as a successful discreet and threat weapon by the users.
* KarmicJackpot: The man who Ram gave away 400,000 rupees to in the chapter "X Gkrz Opknu (or A Love Story) [[spoiler:turns out to be an English teacher whom he contacts for help to answer the 100,000,000-rupee question about Shakespeare, who gives the correct answer even though by dumb luck.]]
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Prakash Rao after he plots to kill his voodoo priestess wife Julie after realising how he is ruining his brother's life thanks to here.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Prakash Rao''']]: [[spoiler:''[after showing Ram a tiny revolver]'' "Look at this beauty. I am going to use this to blow her head off. Then I will marry Jyotsna. You are my friend. I am drunk. And a drunken man always speaks the owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!"]]
* LandDownUnder: Ram temporarily lives with Australians, and learning the Taylors, an Australian diplomatic family in Delhi as a servant. Learning the accent [[ChekhovsGun comes in handy.]] [[spoiler:He tips off the local police to a location where Colonel Taylor, his employer is headed to where he is caught buying Indian military secrets. The police are convinced that the source is Australian due to the accent he used speaking to them.]]



* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Neelima Kumari.

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* UnpleasantParentReveal: [[spoiler:Swapna Devi is Shankar's mother, who kicked him out after walking in on her affair and even left him for dead when he fatally contracts rabies.]]
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Neelima Kumari.Kumari, who tries to stay as young as possible and vehemently turns down supporting roles implying her age.
16th Nov '17 5:03:28 AM RxF
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* HeadsOrTails: Ram flips a "lucky coin" to make important decisions throughout his life. As it turns out, [[spoiler: Ram's coin was a trick coin and he was fully aware of what life-changing choices he made throughout the story]].

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* GameShowAppearance: The premise for the novel which takes place due to the game show ''Who Will Win A Billion?''.
* HeadsOrTails: Ram flips a "lucky coin" to make important decisions throughout his life. As it turns out, [[spoiler: Ram's [[spoiler:Ram's coin was a trick coin and he was fully aware of what life-changing choices he made throughout the story]].


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* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: Ram's life events that would otherwise be irrelevant in a general knowledge quiz show end up helping him in answering the questions correctly by sheer coincidence of being corresponding to a fact in each event.
16th Nov '17 4:56:05 AM RxF
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* ADayIntheLimelight: Ram's best friend Salim and retired army officer Bhalwant Singh relate their own stories to him in the chapters "Licence to Kill" and "A Soldier's Tale" respectively.


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* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Armaan Ali, whom Salim previously idolised and even kept a shrine of him after Salim finds out the man trying to molest him was Armaan Ali in disguise.]]
16th Nov '17 4:18:15 AM RxF
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* AbusiveParents: Gudiya's father.

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* AbusiveParents: Mr. Shantaram, Gudiya's father.father. Initially often lashes out at his wife and Gudiya but eventually gets physical and culminates in [[spoiler:splashing boiling tea at Gudiya's face.]]



* UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}}



* DepravedHomosexual: In the form of two paedophiles and one priest who is practically a ClubKid.

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* DepravedHomosexual: In the form of two paedophiles and one priest ([[spoiler:Brother John]])) who is practically a ClubKid.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Nita

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: NitaNita, a prostitute that Ram meets in Agra.



* OrphanageOfFear

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* OrphanageOfFearNoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Neelima Kumari, a retired actress whom Ram worked for initially in Mumbai is clearly inspired by Bollywood actress [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meena_Kumari Meena Kumari]].
* OrphanageOfFear: The "school" for the disabled in Goregaon that Ram and Salim were brought to.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Neelima Kumari.
3rd Jun '17 12:22:41 PM nombretomado
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* BlandNameProduct: ''Who Will Win A Billion?'' is a thinly-disguised ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' -- so thinly that the film was made by the company that owned the international rights to ''Millionaire'', and they just used it straight.

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* BlandNameProduct: ''Who Will Win A Billion?'' is a thinly-disguised ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' -- so thinly that the film was made by the company that owned the international rights to ''Millionaire'', and they just used it straight.
23rd Mar '16 2:47:16 PM Unknownlight
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''Q & A'' is a novel written by Vikas Swarup, mostly known as the book that inspired ''SlumdogMillionaire''. It follows a very similar (though not identical) plotline to the movie in which Ram Mohammed Thomas, an Indian boy from the slums, manages to win a billion rupees on a TV game show. The story is told from his point of view, as he explains it to a benevolent lawyer who, unlike [[CorruptCop the police]], believes that he didn't cheat.

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''Q & A'' is a novel written by Vikas Swarup, mostly known as the book that inspired ''SlumdogMillionaire''. ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''. It follows a very similar (though not identical) plotline to the movie in which Ram Mohammed Thomas, an Indian boy from the slums, as he manages to win a billion rupees on a TV game show. show.

The book primarily consists of a series of short story-like snapshots of Ram's life, detailing the circumstances that lead to his knowledge of the answer to each question. While the basic premise is the same as [[Film/SlumdogMillionaire the movie]], the events of his life are [[AdaptationInspiration radically different]], with only a few similarities.
The story is told from his point of view, as he explains it to a benevolent lawyer who, unlike [[CorruptCop the police]], believes that he didn't cheat.cheat.
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