The film opens in an Indian interrogation room. Jamal who’s on the verge of becoming an instant millionaire is being tortured by the police on the suspicion of cheating the popular TV show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”. “How can a slumdog like you know the answers?” asks the inspector to which he spits out blood and simply says, “I knew all the answers.”
It’s a riveting movie that takes you through the life of Jamal, his older brother and an orphan girl who becomes the object of Jamal’s lifelong quest and love. Every question has a dramatic back story connected to Jamal’s life of hardships coming up in the slums, losing his parents to muslim-hindi riots, growing up on wits alone. Life on the streets eventually consume his older brother as an up-and-coming gangster while the orphan girl becomes a kept woman to a prominent gang leader.
Jamal instead becomes a tea boy servicing an offshore call center.
The beauty of this film is the heart-wrenching story of life in the slums of Mumbai. It’s a world of child prostitutes and street children blinded by gangsters to be pimped out as singing beggars. Jamal rises above it all, untouched and pure, still in love with the girl of his childhood. It was a thoroughly amazing movie without a minute of boredom and a happy but bittersweet ending.