Slumdog Millionaire, written by Simon Beaufoy, a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle. It is an adaptation of the Boeke Prize-winning and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-nominated novel Q & A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. The filmed set in India, the story is about the young man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati, mentioned in the Hindi version) and exceeds people’s expectations, arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials.
Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for ten (10) on the 81st annual Academy Awards and won eight (8) of them, the most of any film that year, including Best Picture.
“This is the finest hour of Indian cinema in the global scenario,” Anand Sharma, India’s junior external affairs minister, told CNN.
“I cannot describe this feeling,” said Mumbai resident Nikhil Jyonti. “I’m bursting with pride for India.”
Hundreds of people gathered around a tiny television set on a dusty stretch of Garib Nagar slum in Mumbai, India, to watch the Academy Awards and never disappointed.
It also won five Critics’ Choice Awards, four Golden Globes, and seven BAFTA Awards, including Best Film. The film is also the subject of controversy concerning its portrayal of India and Hinduism as well as the welfare of its child actors.