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Sony preps real life Slumdog doc

The real life Slumdog Millionaire story of an Indian computer clerk who won the country’s biggest ever quizshow jackpot is the subject of a new docu-drama from Sony-owned 2waytraffic.

According to reports in the Indian press, Sushil Kumar is working with 2way, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television, on a docu-drama about his rags-to-riches story.

Kumar, from a poverty stricken region of Northern India, became the first person to win the 50 million rupees (US$1m) jackpot on Kaun Banega Crorepati, the local version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, in October. His story closely mirrors the plot of Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

His life has since been transformed, with invitations to celebrity parties and threats to kidnap his family.

The film is being made by director Keith Strachan, who worked on the British Who Wants to be a Millionnaire?, produced by 2way, and the show’s presenter Chris Tarrant is reportedly also involved.

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