Episode #3 — Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ makes for a fascinating case study of a writer working with the spirit of a rich novel and adapting it into a screenplay that tells a much-changed but still familiar story - which made it a perfect candidate for The 21st Rewrite (William Coldwell and Alan Vazquez) to analyse this week. We consider the original source material (‘Q&A’ by Vikas Swarup) and compare it to Simon Beaufoy's script and the final version of the story as presented in Danny Boyle's film. It is ultimately a tale of triumph, set against the background of modernising India, starring Dev Patel as Jamal Malik, the boy who dares to dream that he can win the love of his childhood sweetheart against all odds.

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Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it? (A) He cheated (B) He’s lucky (C) He’s a genius (D) It is written.
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