Adapted screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire

Simon Beaufoy (from Vikas Swarup's novel "Q&A")

Beaufoy went far afield from the loose collection of short stories that provided the fodder for this crowdpleasing contempo fairy tale. Making the most of India’s head-spinning contrasts, this story keeps driving forward despite an intricate narrative structure. Notable is the protag’s lack of self-pity over his often-horrific history. He is looking ahead. Like India, perhaps?

WHY IT’LL WIN: Bravura filmmaking shows off script’s strengths and hides its weaknesses.

MAYBE NOT: Its critics find it manipulative.

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