Where: Los Angeles, U.S.A.

January 12, 2009 : Slumdog Millionaire, an Indian story set and shot in India, is based on the novel ‘Q&A’ by an Indian diplomat and first-time novelist Vikas Swarup. It was directed by the well-known British director Danny Boyle, and released in 2008. The film won awards for best director, best picture, and screenplay (by Simon Beaufoy) in addition to best musical score. The prestigious Golden Globe awards are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association every year in Los Angeles.

A.R.Rahman won the Golden Globe award for the best musical score for his work in the film. The talented and versatile composer has dominated the Indian film music scene since the early nineties. He received international acclaim for his musical ‘Bombay Dreams’ which ran successfully both on the London stage and on Broadway, New York.

Dev Patel, British born actor of Indian origin, plays the lead role of Jamal Malik, who grows up in the slums of Mumbai. Interestingly, Dev, who has picked up a number of awards for his work in the film, also won the bronze medal at the Taekwondo World Championship in Dublin. Mumbai-based model Frieda Pinto stars opposite him, and the cast includes well-known Indian actors like Irrfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla and Anil Kapoor.