The movie world is still recovering from the shock of the success of the Slumdog millionaire, a movie from the slums of Mumbai, India that centres on Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “who wants to be a millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounter with local gangs, and of Lakita, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. 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, at the heart of its storytelling lies the question of how anyone comes to know about life and love.Eighteen year old Jamal Malik is having an amazing answering streak on the Indian version of the television game show, “who wants to be a millionaire’. He is one correct question away from the big prize. However, some, including those associated with the game show, questions how someone like him, a self confessed non-genius who grew up in the slum can be doing so well on the show when others who are brighter, more educated and wealthier than him have failed. Is Jamal cheating? Is it purely luck?

This is a breathtaking story of a failure in the light of success, I once heard that the movie was first rejected by Paramount pictures on the grounds that it would not sell, Fox searchlight pictures and Warner Bros took the risk and now the movie has brooking the box office record, and was nominated for 10 Oscar awards winning 8 of them including best picture, best cinematography, best supporting actor award.

Lessons learnt;

1- Never be afraid of taking a risk- life is full of risk, there is no place you go to today that something good or bad happens, most people live in a risk free world, consciously avoiding taking risk, but they end up not achieving anything, just imagine if Paramount picture took the risk of selling this unusual movie, they would be smiling to the bank this hard times. See the good side of any opportunity. It may just be your tipping point.

2- Treasure experiences- Jamal, during the course of his life, had some experiences, good and bad, and a need to recall all these showed itself on the big day, in front of over 60 million people and with a carrot of  20 million rupees dangling, live today to its best as it may help you in future.

3- Never blame your environment- a street boy, described as non-ambitious is now in front of cameras in Hollywood. He never dreamt of it, but he has it now, where you are now does not matter, what does is how you utilize your today.

Well for you reading, you may spot out a lot other lessons you learnt, please feel free to drop your comment on lesson learnt and also learn from mine.

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  1. Its also about trying to be in the right place at the right time, do no take anything for granted,every thing that happens around you matters and try and learn from it.

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