Film: Slumdog Millionaire
Police Inspector: Doctors... Lawyers... never get past 60 thousand rupees. He's won 10 million. What can a slumdog possibly know?
Jamal Malik: [quietly] The answers.
A 2008 film directed by Danny Boyle
based on the novel Q and A
by Vikas Swarup.
Jamal Malik is on the verge of winning 20 million rupees on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
. There's just one problem: he's a "slumdog," working at a minimum wage job, and nobody can see how he knew any
of the answers. As they go through each question, he shows how events in his childhood and life contributed to his knowing almost every single one.
Please note, that apart from the dance number at the end, this is not a Bollywood
film. It's a Western movie made in Mumbai. It does, however, have several references to Indian culture and Bollywood movies—including songs that have been used in other movies, a credits sequence made to look like old-fashioned movie posters and a reference to legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan (not to mention using two well-known Bollywood actors in the film).
Even though critically acclaimed internationally, over the next few years the movie attained widespread Hatedom
and Snark Bait
status in India, with numerous Take Thats
from other Indian movies; mostly because Danny Boyle managed to hit just about every single Bollywood cliche in it, while turning the "Violent Mumbai" stereotype Up to Eleven
to create the film's dark and cynical atmosphere. It didn't help that the word "Slumdog" became a kind of euphemism for not just Indians but South Asians in general, (Community
, anyone?) never mind the fact that it's an insult, even to people who live in slums.
This film has examples of the following tropes: