Trivia: Slumdog Millionaire

  • Actor Allusion: Prem says that he is a former winner. His actor Anil Kapoor was a guest on the real show and won 5 million Rupees.
  • Colbert Bump: Averted. The global popularity of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was largely unaffected by the show's role in the movie.
  • Dawson Casting: Avoided with Jamal (18-year old Dev Patel playing an 18-year old). Played straight with Latika (Freida Pinto was 25 then).
  • Director Displacement: This film had two credited directors (Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan) but Boyle got all the credit. Reportedly, Tandan directed much of the flashback sequences with Boyle while all of the present day scenes were done by Boyle himself. This because of the Director's Guild's rules. Tandan also was a casting director on the film.
  • Direct-to-Video: Almost, until Fox Searchlight signed on to be the distributor.
  • Fake Nationality: Ethnically Indian Brit Dev Patel as Jamal.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Anwar sure has come a long way.
  • Life Imitates Art: Actors Dev Patel (Jamal) and Freida Pinto (Latika) are now a real-life couple.
  • Playing Against Type: Hard to believe but Jamal is this for Dev Patel. His time in Skins and roles in the two The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films have him playing campy Large Ham characters.
  • Romance on the Set: Dev Patel and Freida Pinto became a couple while filming Slumdog Millionaire. Pinto was engaged to someone else at the time, but broke it off.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Danny Boyle desperately wanted Shah Rukh Khan - who had hosted the final season of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? - to play the host. However he wasn't available.
    • "Jai Ho" was written for another film, but its producer couldn't find a way to fit it in, so it was allowed to be used here.