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Oct 30, 2008 at 10:15pm IST

Slumdog Millionnaire, a slice of Bollywood

New York: Hollywood is borrowing from Bollywood.

Slumdog Millionnaire, a screen adaptation of the novel Q&A by Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup plays with a Bollywood's favourite formula and will hit theaters in the US on November 12.

Some critics are already saying this flick could be the sleeper hit of the season.

The story is about a kid from the slums of Mumbai who becomes a contestant on a game show and is on the brink of winning the jackpot, before he is arrested by the police for cheating.

It's also about an orphan, Jamal, getting separated from his brother. And about Jamal losing the girl he loves and trying to reunite with her.

If that sounds a little like a Bollywood plot, that may be because this film, Slumdog Millionaire, takes that formula and remixes it for a Western audience.

Dev Patel who plays Jamal says, “The film does embrace that escapism in Bollywood cinema because that's what I think it is, escapist cinema. People don't want to watch a film to be reminded of how many bills they've got to pay or whatever.”

Like any good Hindi film, Slumdog Millionaire is about the tough life the hero lives and the troubles he overcomes.

Patel says, “Everyone loves the underdog. Everyone wants to see a guy from the slums succeed against the smarmy game show hosts and it's great to see him ride the adversity and accomplish his dream which is to find his soulmate in the chaos of Mumbai, which is like looking for a needle in a haystack. It's crazy.”

British director Danny Boyle delivers a film that adds layers of entertainment and humour to this intense movie.

While British actor Dev Patel plays the lead, the cast also includes Indian actress Freida Pinto as his love interest, as well as Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan.

Slumdog Millionaire won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Now, American critics are saying that this gritty but funny film could possibly get an Oscar nomination as well.