It's been 10 years since Slumdog Millionaire opened on Christmas Day and became the surprise hit of the season. The Danny Boyle film follows Jamal, a poor orphan from Mumbai, whose entire life story culminates in an appearance on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? that defies the belief of some classist detectives. In addition to nabbing a ton of awards, the movie's amazing cast — which includes Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, and Anil Kapoor — stole our hearts.
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Since the plot follows Jamal from childhood to adulthood, the cast also included some very talented young actors who have changed a lot in the last decade. Read on to see how much the cast has changed and what they've been up to.
1. Dev Patel – Older Jamal
Since this breakout role, Dev has gone on to star in Wed Anderson's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and the HBO drama The Newsroom.
In 2017, he was nominated for an Oscar his role in Lion. He recently wrapped production of a film called The Personal History of David Copperfield and is slated to star in a series called, Modern Love, based on the popular NY Times feature column.
He also dated co-star Freida Pinto for six years until their breakup in 2014. He is currently dating his Hotel Mumbai co-star Tilda Cobham-Hervey.
2. Tanay Chheda – Middle Jamal
After playing teenage Jamal, Tanay portrayed a young autistic child in My Name Is Khan, for which he was nominated for Best Child Actor at the Star Screen Awards, the top honors for Bollywood cinema.
Now 22, Tanay is attending USC School of Cinematic Arts.
3. Ayush Mahesh Khedekar – Youngest Jamal
After playing the youngest version of the Mumbai orpahn, Ayush continued to act in Bollywood films, most recently as Hero in Ek Tha Hero (pictured right).
4. Freida Pinto — Older Latika
After her star-making turn in Slumdog, Freida went on to star in blockbuster hits such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Immortals. Most recently, she portrayed Messua in the 2018 Jungle Book sequel, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.
5. Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar — Middle Latika
Tanvi, now 23, continues to act. Most recently, she starred in the 2016 Tamil horror film Vidayutham. She's passionate about fitness and the environment, and aspires to live a plastic-free lifestyle, according to her Instagram.
6. Rubina Ali — Youngest Latika
According to director Danny Boyle, he provided young stars Rubina and Ayush (whowere recruited to the film from the Mumbai slums where they lived) with "substantial" trust funds for their education. In a 2016 interview with India Express, Rubina said she wished to continue pursuing acting as an adult saying, "I definitely want to be in the movies."
7. Madhur Mittal — Older Salim
After playing Jamal's unlikable older brother, Madhur played Indian cricket player turned baseball star Dinesh in Million Dollar Arm alongside Mad Men's Jon Hamm. Most recently he played opposite Raveena Tandon in the Indian thriller Maatr.
8. Anil Kapoor – Prem
As Prem, the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in India, A-list Bollywood actor Anil Kapooor was an obvious choice. He has starred in the American series 24 as President of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan in season 8 and as the Jack Bauer equivalent in the Indian version of the series, which ran for two seasons.
9. Irrfan Khan – Police Inspector
Irrfan Khan has enjoyed a lot of success in English-language cinema, most recently co-starring with Kelly MacDonald in the romantic film Puzzle. He also had roles in Jurassic World and Life of Pi.