Saturday, April 18, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire Team to donate 500,000 pounds for Charity

The cast and crew of the movie Slumdog Millionaire, including Producer Christian Colson and Director Danny Boyle, have put together £500,000 for the welfare of the underprivileged children of Mumbai. The fund will be donated to Plan India, an organization working for the welfare of underprivileged children in India.

Set and filmed in India, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of the struggles of the a young man, named Jamal of a Mumbai slum, looking for his lost love in the dark underbelly of the city, and his appearance in the Indian version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ (Kaun Banega Crorepati?).

The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Subsequently it was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival, followed by its release worldwide.

Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight, the most for any film of 2008. It also won five Critics' Choice Awards, four Golden Globes and seven BAFTA Awards. It is the eighth film ever to win eight Academy Awards and the eleventh Best Picture Oscar Award winner without a single acting nomination. As of 31 March 2009, the film has grossed $292,232,507 worldwide.

Anil Kapoor, who performed the role of the quizmaster in the film, said about the film, "Slumdog Millionaire is a film which epitomizes the positive spirit of children and the film's success is an inspiration and a way forward to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children of Mumbai."

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