Oscar-winners Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy join us for a very special Q&A with Sanjeev Bhaskar.
The Illuminating India events programme not only explores Indian science, technology and innovation, it also celebrates Indian art and culture. So it is that we're presenting a very special screening of a film whose production was a shining example of UK-India collaboration.
Based on a novel by Vikas Swarup, Slumdog Millionaire won 8 Academy Awards. It tells the story of Jamal (Dev Patel), a penniless 18-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai who becomes a contestant on on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and finds himself just one question away from winning 20 million rupees. But when the show halts for an overnight break he is arrested on suspicion of cheating. After all, how could an uneducated street kid possibly know so much?
Determined to get to the bottom of Jamal’s story, a jaded police inspector (Irrfan Khan) spends the night probing Jamal’s incredible past, from riveting escapades in the slums where he and his brother Salim survived by their wits to hair-raising encounters with local gangs and his heartbreak over Latika (Freida Pinto), the unforgettable girl he loved and lost.
We are delighted to be joined on the night by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Steve Jobs) and fellow Academy Award-winner, screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) for a Q&A hosted by Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No. 42)
about the making of the film.