‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (2008) follows Jamal Malika 18-year old orphan from theSlums of MumbaiWho finds himself on the country’s most-watched game show. On theThe chance of winning 20 million rupees is at our doorstep JamalFor inexplicably knowing, the suspect is under suspicion theAll answers theQuestions he has been asked so far on the show. DepictedFlashbacks theYoung man shares his life experiences which have taught him everything he needed to know. the questions.
As remarkable as theIt also contains some very real details about life that are disturbingly true to the original story. the slums. The multi-OscarThe film that won the Oscars straddles aNarrative that seems to be all inclusive theAn inspiring real-life story can be a mark of a good thing. the case? Let’s take a closer look and see if ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is based on aTrue story or not.
Is Slumdog Millionaire a True Story?
No, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is not based on a true story. DirectedBy Danny BoyleWith a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, theFilm is loosely based on the 2005 fictional novel ‘Q & A’ by retired IndianDiplomat Vikas Swarup. TheScreen adaptation retained the book’s overall gameshow-centered plot but makes significant changes to theNarrative, including introduction theLeading characters JamalHis brother, Salim.
Swarup’s book centers on Ram Mohammad Thomas, aYoung waiter is arrested onSuspicions of cheating in order to win theGameshow money The young man explains to thePolice learn from his diverse life experiences what he has to offer the police theAnswers the gameshow’s questions. ChaptersIn theBook Focus on a particular question and theThe incident was similar from Thomas’ life. FittinglyEach chapter is titled as theSum of money theYoung man can win if he answers correctly.
TheIt is novel. Swarup’s debut, is aFictional work, but an attempt to describe aNumerous socioeconomic realities. Through Thomas’ experiences, theReader receives detailed descriptions about what an Indian city’s grimy underbelly might look like. UndergroundEconomy of prostitution, forced child labour, thievery, etc. aMany other aspects can also be explored. Through them, SwarupHe appears to be trying hard to give his fictional character a true background. The screen adaptation’s protagonist JamalIt hails from similar unfavorable circumstances, and theFilm has vivid and detailed scenes that show the effects of theThere are many more sinister and illegal aspects to this. Mumbai.
TheMore details are available in theEven though they are compelling, book and movie are largely fictional. HoweverThere are real-life events that can be influenced. theInitial idea of the story. In 2001, aFormer British ArmyMajor names Charles Ingram gained notoriety after he was stripped of his £1 million prize. IngramHad won theSum on the UK’s version of ‘Who Wants To BeA Millionaire?’ by reportedly using a “coughing accomplice.”
AtAround theDuring the same time, reports were in theInformation about children living in IndianSlums with mobile phones and internet access the internet. SwarupIt was thought that cheating could be done by an army major on theThen, game show aTiffin boy from a slum, like his book’s protagonist, could definitely get in trouble for allegedly cheating. ThisIs this how? theOverarching plot and central character theThe book was almost born. Of course, theIt centers around the actual show ‘Who Wants To BeA Millionaire?’ helps make it feel real. Similarly, theFilm features aDramatized version the popular game show’s Indian counterpart (called ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati?’).
TheBook also features aName of character Neelima Kumari, an actress who specializes on tragic roles for whom the story’s protagonist briefly works. Neelima KumariIt appears to be based on theLate iconic Indian actress Meena Kumari, who was popularly known as “The Tragedy Queen.” Similarly, theFilm includes aDramatized version theFamous IndianActor Amitabh Bachchan, who is, incidentally, the host the real ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati?’
Perhaps the film’s greatest accomplishment is how well it balances its fictional narrative with characters and circumstances that seem true to life. LikeIts sourcebook theScreen adaptations have also been noted for their authentic portrayal of aHidden and sinister side of Indian society. ByIntoxication theA fictional tale of riches and rags. aMany interesting details and anecdotes the makers of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ give theFilm aFeeling of complete authenticity
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