The real-life “Slumdog Millionaire” is finding that a simple happy ending is not in the script.
Six weeks after his triumph, Sushil Kumar is besieged by strangers seeking a share of a fortune he has yet to receive in a house still in urgent need of repair.
The questions included: Which colonial power ended its involvement in India by selling the Nicobar Islands to the British in 1863?
Mr. Kumar, whose monthly salary was $111 when he was selected to become a contestant, knew the answer was Denmark, knowledge he later said had come from a lifetime listening to the BBC Hindi service on his father’s shortwave radio. He was embraced by the show’s host, Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood’s biggest star, and the tears of joy from the newlywed clerk, a resident of an obscure corner of one of India’s poorest states, gave the media an easy feel-good story.
“I don’t even know how much I’ll get after tax. I am flooded with requests to share the fund that I don’t even have. I’ll use the money for causes that are dear to me. But first my family and me need to improve our condition. Our home is yet to be repaired. I’ve learnt so much about human nature in the past month. It would make a very interesting story.” He plans to write a book. The film rights are, as yet, available.
Give the guy his money!!