Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire starring Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan picked up The People Choice Award at Toronto Film Festival on Saturday, September 13. Photo Credit: Fox
October 31, 2008, (
The film was voted the best by festival audiences.
The People Choice Award is often a precursor to an Oscar nomination.
Films that have won the award in the past include Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Life is Beautiful and Hotel Rawanda.
The comedy drama directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Sunshine) tells the story of an illiterate Indian youngster who becomes a contestant on a local version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
It is 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 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 where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions.
Intrigued by Jamal’s story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show?
When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out.
The film, based on the bestselling novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup, was shot on location in Mumbai with British newcomer Dev Patel playing the lead role and Anil Kapoor the gameshow host.
Fox Searchlight and Warner Bros. have teamed up to distribute the film.
The film was screened as the closing gala at the London Film Festival on October 30.
It is due for release in India on November 28.
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