It’s been seven years since Slumdog Millionaire came out in theatres, and six years since they cleaned out the Academy Awards.
Slumdog Millionaire picked up seven Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture, making for a memorable and inspiring year for film. With the 87th Academy Awards approaching this weekend (the 2015 Oscars air on February 22), we thought we would update you on what the cast is up to these days.
Freida Pinto was unforgettable as the tragically powerful Latika. Freida has seen a lot of success post-Slumdog. She starred alongside the new Man of Steel, Henry Cavill in Immortals (2011), and she costarred with James Franco in the adaption of Planet of the Apes (2011). She also became one of the faces of Loreal, joining the likes of Penelope Cruz, Eva Longoria, and Aishwarya Rai. Most spicy on her repitoire, has to be starring as the love interest in Bruno Mars’s music video for Gorilla, where she plays an exotic dancer. She has also dipped her toes (more like her whole foot) in the philanthropic pool – she is a part of the Agassi Foundation, and has participated in Plan International’s Because I am a Girl Campaign (She is their Global Ambassador), and the Call to Action – Girl Rising campaign.
Dev Patel played the fearless Jamal, defying all odds to find his destiny. Dev has starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Last Airbender (2010), and is going to be in the new sc-fi film Chappie (2015) along with Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver. He also shares a co-star with Freida –James Franco, who he starred alongside in the film, About Cherry (2012). Dev and Freida began dating back in 2009 after filming, but we are sad (more like DISTRAUGHT! OUTRAGED!) to report that the couple split last year. (Insert ugly crying face here.)
Irrfan Khan had a small, yet memorable role in the movie as the Police Inspector, who goes through a journey of realization that perhaps this particular slumdog is telling the truth. Since then, he has starred in the Hollywood films, New York I Love You (2008), Life of Pi (2012), and The Amazing Spiderman (2012). He’s been in a slew of Bollywood Blockbusters as well, some of the most notable being Billu (2009), and D-Day (2014). Our personal favourite film of his in recent years though has to be, The Lunchbox (2014).
Anil Kapoor was essential as the malicious, and ego-driven game show host, Prem. Kapoor is a legendary actor who has graced our television screen for many years prior to the film, so it comes as no surprise that he’s been involved in a few different projects. He was in Race 2 (2013), Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), and had a reoccurring role in the hit TV series 24. (He also continues to hold the place in my mom’s heart as #2 Bollywood heartthrob, second only to the beautiful and charming Shah Rukh Khan)
Madhur Mittal has to be the most underrated cast member. His portrayal of Salim was both haunting and hopeful, constantly defying every expectation the audience had for him. Madhur had a brief stint on TV, with a reoccurring role in the British series, Kidnap and Ransom, but his big Blockbuster moment came with the film, Million Dollar Arm (2014) which he starred in alongside Jon Hamm and Suraj Sharma.