Who says life can’t imitate art? Here we have an example as a poor government clerk from a remote and poverty-stricken region of northern India was partying with film stars last night after becoming the first person to win 50 million rupees, worth more than $1m, on an Indian game show.
This is an astonishing real-life version of the plot of the 2008 Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, whose impoverished hero from a tough neighbourhood of the Indian commercial capital, Mumbai, wins the biggest prize on a TV quiz show. Here the 27-year-old Sushil Kumar answered a final question correctly to take the jackpot of the massively popular local Indian edition of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’
“We can’t believe it. The whole village have come to our house. We are worried that my dad will die of happiness,” Sunil Kumar Patel, the winner’s brother, told London’s Guardian newspaper. “We can’t speak to Sushil. His mobile is off because he is out with the stars and on and off planes.”
Kumar’s brother said his family had been too poor to afford a television set and had watched the quiz show at a neighbour’s home. “We all used to watch the show from its beginnings years ago and Sushil always knew all the answers. People used to say: ‘Why don’t you try it? You could win the money!'”
Well Kumar apparently took their advice.