Life imitates art…
An impoverished bureaucrat is being hailed as India’s real-life “Slumdog Millionaire” after racking up a pile of dough on his country’s most popular quiz show.
In an instance of life imitating art, Sushil Kumar, the poor son of farm laborer, won over $1 million this week on on India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
“We’re happy of course but mostly we’re just really stunned,” Kumar, 26, told the Associated Press as he and his wife of four months shed tears of joy.
His reversal of fortune is reminiscent of the 2008 Academy Award-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” about a street kid from Mumbai slums who becomes a game-show superstar.
Kumar, who is from a tiny town in eastern India, earns about $120 a month as a government computer operator and part-time tutor.
Crazy thing is, Kumar almost missed his million dollar destiny…
He said he nearly decided to walk away before the 13th question with $200,000 in winnings until he decided to opt at taking at peek at the final question.
“When I looked at the question, I didn’t think I knew the answer but I kept staring at it for a long time and suddenly I knew that two of the four options were definitely not correct,” Kumar said.
Congrats sir, don’t blow it all in one place, or on ‘blow’, or getting ‘blowed’.