A bit overlong and slow moving in parts, but still a good film. Jamal is a young man who grew up in the slums of Mombai along with his gangster brother Salim. Early on, Hindis go on a rampage and kill Muslims, including Jamal's mother. By a strange quirk of fate, he eventually ends up on the Indian programme "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and, because he contiunues to know the answers, is taken away to be be tortured - as it is assumed he must be cheating. During the interogation, he reveals through flashbacks, how he came to know the answers to the questions - mostly through chance happenings in Mombai's ghettoes and criminal underworld. There is a underlying love story also, (that doesn't get in the way of the main story, thankfully) and this turns out to be Jamal's motivation for going on the programme.