But Vikas Swarup, author of the book Q&A which inspired the film, insists it is mainly a story of hope and survival.
How can a child of the slums know enough to win a quiz show? This prejudice is the founding premise of the book and film.
In an interview on BBC World (unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be online) Swarup explained that he was surprised to see how Indian slum children have embraced the internet.
Mumbai may have its underbelly – where doesn’t? – but that shouldn’t make us underestimate those who live there.
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