Today is the biggest day in Jamal Maliks life. A penniless, eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, hes one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on Indias Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? But when the show breaks for the night, suddenly, 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 Jamals story, the jaded Police Inspector spends the night probing Jamals incredible past, from his riveting tales of the slums where he and his brother, Salim, survived by their wits to his hair-raising encounters with local gangs to his heartbreak over Latika, the unforgettable girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of Jamals increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the shows seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: What is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out. . .
About the Author
Vikas Swarup is the author of Slumdog Millionaire (previously published as Q&A and translated into 35 languages). He is a member of the Indian Foreign Service and is currently posted in Pretoria as India s Deputy High Commissioner. Slumdog Millionaire was made into an acclaimed feature film that won 8 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.