When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out…
The gameshow "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is not just part of the fabric of popular culture in America and the United Kingdom; now the pheomenon has spread to the other side of the world, and Jamal Malik, a young man who hails from the worst slum area of Calcutta, India, is now in the hot seat, one question, one snippet of trivia away from wining twenty million rupees - roughly four hundred and thirty thousand US dollars at the time of the show.
Back in the present time, Jamal explains to the police quesitoning him that the only reason he went on the show in the first place was because he thought Latika might be watching it, as it was always on at Javed's compound.
The police release him, and he is returned to the television studio in time to answer the last question; what is the name of the third musketeer in the Alexander Dumas novel?
Thinking about it, he realizes that the only way to find Latika is to contact his brother.
They meet, for the first time in years, and very quickly Jamal realizes that his brother's employer is a slumlord, and is most likely the one holding Latika.
Back when the brothers were close to each other, they had said that they were Athos and Porthos, but they never actually gave Latika a moniker like that when she joined them; they had simply called her "the third musketeer." Jamal admits to the gameshow host that he doesn't know the answer; but true to his "look on the bright side" character, he decides to play anyway.
A person could definitely call the office and say they weren't coming in for a while.
But for a boy from one of the most horrendous slums in the world, it's not just a life altering amount of money. How in the world could a boy from a slum know the answers to the questions that can net him winnings like that?
This is exactly the question that the makers of the television show were asking themselves and they involved the local authorities, who arrest Jamal for cheating on the gameshow.
However, Jamal didn't learn the answer to the questions by reading books; he learned from experience, and he begins to tell the story of his life, which reveals exactly how and where he gained his knowledge.
At an early age, Jamal and his older brother, Salim, were orphaned, and had to make money however they could alone in the slums.
After all, how could an uneducated street kid possibly know so much?