Hollywood Meets Bollywood as India's Movies Go Global

Western studios are working to cash in on India's box-office potential, as demonstrated by the success of Slumdog Millionaire

Director Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, the rags-to-riches story of an Indian boy who makes it big on a game show, is favored to take home many Oscars at the Academy Awards on Feb. 22. It's already a winner in India, where it has broken new ground as the most successful example yet of the local film industry teaming up with Western partners. The movie is based on Q&A, a book by Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup, was directed and produced by British professionals, filmed in India with a Bollywood cast and music score, and distributed by a Hollywood company, News Corp.'s (NWS) Fox Searchlight.

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