Study Guide

Slumdog Millionaire Setting

Setting

Mumbai, India: Circa 1992-2006

The setting of Slumdog Millionaire is unmistakable; India is practically its own character in this story. The frenetic pace and the vibrant colors are all distinctly Indian.

Virtually all of the film's action takes place in Mumbai (except for a brief foray east to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal), and this rapidly modernizing massive city of over eighteen million people contains both extravagant wealth and destitute poverty. Slumdog Millionaire is something of a rags-to-riches story, and from the squalor of the Juhu slums, to slumlord Javed Khan's high-rises, we see both extremes.