From Slumdog Millionaire to Bengaluru Billionaires: UK-India Business is on a Roll

The multi-award-winning British film, “Slumdog Millionaire”, fired up interest among British movie goers, about a decade ago, to explore the parallels between British and Indian societies in the twenty-first century. The film’s reality-based grittiness mixed in with the fairy-tale saga of a poor Mumbai orphan seeking fortune on an Indian TV gameshow – purposely reminiscent of its real-life counterpart in the UK – left a lasting impression on Britons’ views of life in India.  One could say it partially re-made British conceptualizations of India, formerly idealized as a country intertwined with a sprawling colonial and ancient history, into a modern state grappling with the contradictions of debilitating rural and urban poverty juxtaposed beside tech-driven super wealth.


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