Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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Corrected entry: To test Jamal's ignorance he is asked, and fails to know, that Gandhi on a high denomination currency note. Gandhi is on all Indian currency, smallest to largest. Even if he had never seen the really big bills, he would know Gandhi was on them.

Correction: This assumes he knew that Gandhi is on all the currency. What may seem like common knowledge to you may not be to a poor, uneducated young man.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: The end of the film shows Jamel with his cheque dated 20/10/2005. The cricket game where Sachin Tendulkar was run out for 99, which formed one of his questions, occurred on 26 June 2007.

Correction: The question is about who scored the most centuries in first class cricket. As Tendulkar only scored 69 centuries against Jack Hobbs's (the correct answer) 199, this match has no relevance to the question.


Corrected entry: When Jamal is kicked in the face, there are several shots of his swollen eye. In one of them, the opposite eye is swollen.

Correction: That's because one shot is a reflection in a puddle.

Brad Premium member

Corrected entry: When Jamal uses a search system to find his brother, his typing speed is about 120 characters per second, which reveals him to be quite a skilled computer user. It's hard to believe that he'd have learned these specific skills anytime throughout his career.

Correction: It's not hard to believe that he picked up typing skills at all. He obviously has spent some time in these call centers, he seems to know a few of the workers there - it's completely plausible that he has scored some computer time not only from there, but from God knows where else he has picked up odd jobs in his life.

Corrected entry: The TV host asks Jamal to read the question and he says he can't since he's illiterate. Later it shows Jamal sitting by a computer and searching the name of his brother and girlfriend easily.


Correction: That's incorrect. The host asks, "Are you a big reader?" to which Jamal shrugs and says, "I can read." He is literate.


Corrected entry: The Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, like its original British counterpart, require contestants to pass a "Fastest Fingers First" round before getting onto the "Hotseat", not starting with the host walking the contestant out (unless the game is continued, which when Jamal first appears, it is not).

Correction: As you can see by all the other contestants sitting around the edge of the circle, you have got the "fastest fingers" there, so the likelihood is that we start to watch as Jamal is being led in after he has won the "fastest finger first" part of the game. I have seen this happen, then they take an ad break where the contestant has makeup applied, etc. before he is then led out to begin the main game.

mandy gasson

Corrected entry: The show "Who wants to be a Millionaire" is not telecast live as shown in the movie. There is usually a gap of two to three weeks between the shoot and the actual telecast.

Correction: The Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Kaun Banega Crorepati, airs live on KBC. The gameshow airs live in some other countries as well.

Corrected entry: While brother Salim owned a Colt, and indeed the Colt was the first revolver invented, at no time in the story was this detail ever given to Jamal, who answered this questions correctly on the game show. A scene must have been cut which would explain Jamal's first-hand knowledge of who invented the first revolver.

Correction: He heard his brother refer to a gun as a colt, and answered "Colt" based on that. He couldn't know it was the right answer, he got lucky.


Corrected entry: In the car. the girl has a scar on her left cheek, then it changes to her right side in the final scene.

Correction: In the car they show the assailants cutting her left cheek, the scar stays on the left cheek throughout the rest of the film. In the final scenes she is wearing her hair down on the left side to help hide the scar.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: When Jamal phones a friend on Millionaire, the phone rings several times and almost hung up before it is answered by Latika. In real life, the friend is first called off-air to make sure they are there and available, and then called a second time while the show is taping.

Correction: The show must have called Salim before they started taping - he has the phone with him when the show begins taping and must have gotten the call from the show off-camera. Salim knows that Jamal is trying to find Latika (Jamal's real reason for being on "Millionaire") and must know that the show is going to call his cell again when Jamal needs a lifeline. It's after the show begins that Salim gives the cell phone to Latika for her to take with her when she escapes.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: In the show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' contestants are given safety stages. E.g. if they get the £64k question wrong they go home with £32k. In this film, Jamal is warned by the host that if he gets the final question wrong he loses everything

Correction: Different countries may have different rules. Most game shows in the past had no safety nets, perhaps the rules are similar here.

Corrected entry: Latika is slashed on the left side of her face, yet in one of the shots when she is driving, the scar shifts to the right side of her face.

Correction: This is not a mistake since the scene is of her driving the car and the shot of her face is a reflection in the rear view mirror. This is shown more than once and correctly, as depicted in the movie.

Andrew Quattropani

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie when Jamal is being shocked, he is being shocked by a single 12 volt car battery. 12 volts isn't enough to penetrate the skin and do any damage, you need closer to 30 volts and above.

Correction: Car batteries have been used as torture devices worldwide. It's not the number of volts, it's the amps. Stun guns work with just a 9v battery.

JC Fernandez

Factual error: Lord Rama is shown holding the bow in the right hand and raising the left hand for blessings. In Hindu practice the blessings are always given by right hand.

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Trivia: Jamal's childhood hero, the actor Amitabh Baachan, was actually the original host of Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who Wants to be a Millionaire?) in real life.

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Question: How did the movie win Best Picture? I thought there was a separate category for foreign films.


Chosen answer: There's a separate section just for foreign films to highlight them and give a wider selection recognition, similar to animated movies, but they're not excluded from the best picture category, which is open to every feature.

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