Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle. Set in India, it's a loose adaptation of the novel Q & A (2005) by author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. Read below for some interesting facts on this film!
1. The pile of excreta that the young Jamal jumps into was made from a combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
2. Director Danny Boyle placed the money to be paid to the 3 lead child actors in a trust that is actually to be released to them upon their completion of grade school at 16 years of age. The production company has set up for an auto-rickshaw driver to take the kids to school everyday until they are 16 years old.
3. Danny Boyle originally wanted Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan -- who had hosted the final season of Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000) (the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998)) -- to play the game show host, but the actor was not available. The actor who plays the host, Anil Kapoor, was a guest on the show and won 5,000,000 Rupees.
4. As of 2010, this and Schindler's List (1993) are the only films to win Best Picture, Director and Screenplay at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars.
5. When viewers objected to the term "Slumdog" as racist-sounding, director Danny Boyle explained that it wasn't; the word is a combination of Jamal's twin standings as a "slum-dweller" and an "underdog".
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