Danny Boyle's latest film may be an unusual choice but it's easy to see what attracted the 'Trainspotting' director to this modern film about old fashioned obsessions.
Based on Vikras Swarup's novel 'Q & A', Simon Beaufoy's adaptation takes a very different, yet equally compelling, approach.
The film tells the story of poverty stricken Jamal (former 'Skins' actor Patel), who is one question away from winning the Indian version of 'Who wants to be a Millionaire'. However the shows presenter/ producer accuses him of cheating and has him arrested until the truth outs.
Told in a series of flash backs, the story explains how Jamal is armed with the arsenal of information which equips him to win. His determination is inspired by his lost love, Latika (Pinto). He sees the TV show as their only means to escape the limitations placed on them by India's caste system.
Boyle, and co-director Loveleen Tandan, capture the vibrancy of the country; the locations, colours and soundtrack mirroring the chaos of Mumbai. There are award-worthy performances from the relatively unknown cast, who unveil this passionate story of destiny, hope and unconditional love.
'Slumdog Millionaire' is one of those rare films which, despite low budgets and absence of Hollywood names, manages to earn the praise and respect of both critics and audiences alike.