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Siddharth trained Anil for Slumdog...

Quizmaster Siddharth Basu conducted a week-long workshop for Anil Kapoor on the sets of KBC, writes Mayank Austen Soofi.

entertainment Updated: Jan 13, 2009 20:24 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi

Slumdog Millionaire has a Mumbai slum boy winning a game show. Not many know that the Delhi boy Siddhartha Basu, the KBC show-maker, helped the filmmakers with the game show sequences. He also conducted a week-long workshop for Anil Kapoor on the sets of KBC. Mayank Austen Soofi finds out...

How different is the film from Vikas Swarup’s novel Q And A?
I haven’t seen the film yet but from what I gathered from the screenplay, it’s quite a departure, though the central idea is the same. Ram Mohammad Thomas becomes Jameel in the movie and is much more of a slumdog than in the book.

Can a Slumdog really win a KBC-crore?
Why not, if they have an awareness beyond textbook education. I’ve seen many underdogs winning the money in my show.

Will you ever consider casting Anil Kapoor, the game show host in Slumdog Millionaire as KBC host?
Not if he acted like Prem (the name of Kapoor’s character in the movie)!

4 tips for underdogs to win KBC?
Read, watch, listen, and make mental connections.

Your team prepared the questions at your Delhi office but you shot the show in Mumbai. If you would have done the shoot in Delhi, may be the novel and the film could have been about a Delhi’s slumdog? Is Delhi the loser?
Slums are scabs on the face of our society — sub human conditions in which so many people live their lives — a living reminder of the inequities and disparities in our country, but that doesn’t take away their spirit. A Slumdog could come from anywhere, regardless of wherever KBC was being shot.

Delhi, like most Indian cities, has its slums. But in Mumbai, where slums constitute roughly 60 per cent of the city by some estimates, it’s massively in-your-face. At times you accept and tend to look away, but if you have a conscience, or you’re a gritty director like Danny Boyle, you don’t; and both the author and he had good reasons to locate it in Bombay.