India And Pakistan '07 - Q And A

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20070730

By Ayeesha Menon, from the novel by Vikas Swarup.

1/10. 5,000 Rupees

Street kid Ram Mohammad Thomas is a contestant on the hit Indian TV show Who Will Win a Billion. As he ponders over the first question, his thoughts drift back to his childhood in Delhi. A baby abandoned on the steps of a church, Thomas was brought up by a well-meaning priest, until he was abandoned yet again.

Thomas....Anand Tiwari

Prem Kumar....Sohrab Ardeshir

Father Francis....Henry Goodman

Young Thomas....Caran Arora

Father John....Rajit Kapur

Other parts played by Kenneth Desai, Ashley Cook and Vikrant Chaturvedi.

Directed by John Dryden.

Part of the India and Pakistan 07 season.

20070731

By Ayeesha Menon, from the novel by Vikas Swarup.

2/10. 10,000 Rupees

Now 16, Thomas lives in a decrepit slum in Mumbai with his best friend Salim. When Shantaram, an alcoholic scientist down on his luck, moves in next door with his wife and daughter, Thomas has to protect them from his violent outbursts, with tragic consequences.

Thomas....Anand Tiwari

Prem Kumar....Sohrab Ardeshir

Shantaram....Kenneth Desai

Mrs Shantaram....Ayeesha Menon

Gudiya....Pooja Ruparel

Other parts played by Rajit Kapur and Nadir Khan.

Directed by John Dryden.

Part of the India and Pakistan 07 season.

20070801

By Ayeesha Menon, from the novel by Vikas Swarup.

3/10. 50,000 Rupees

Thomas has to delve back into his childhood in search of the answer to the next question. Adopted from an orphanage by evil gangster Babu, Thomas and his friend Salim are taken to Mumbai where they are to be maimed and put on the streets to beg.

Thomas....Anand Tiwari

Prem Kumar....Sohrab Ardeshir

Young Thomas....Caran Arora

Young Salim....Armaan Malik

Babu....Vikrant Chaturvedi

Other parts played by Satchit Puranik, Kenneth Desai, Jaimini Pathak and Rohit Malkani.

Directed by John Dryden.

Part of the India and Pakistan 07 season.

20070802

By Ayeesha Menon, from the novel by Vikas Swarup.

4/10. 100,000 Rupees

The next question takes Thomas to his teenage years. Working as the houseboy of Australian defence attache Colonel Taylor, he becomes embroiled in a spy scandal.

Thomas....Anand Tiwari

Prem Kumar....Sohrab Ardeshir

Colonel Taylor....Henry Goodman

Jai....Jaimini Pathak

Other parts played by Ashley Cook, Sarah Sproull and Nadir Khan.

Directed by John Dryden.

Part of the India and Pakistan 07 season.

20070803

By Ayeesha Menon, from the novel by Vikas Swarup.

5/10. 500,000 Rupees

Thomas's next question is from the world of cricket. Fortunately, a chance encounter with his best friend Salim, who tells of how he got his revenge on the notorious Babu, provides Thomas with the answer.

Thomas....Anand Tiwari

Prem Kumar....Sohrab Ardeshir

Salim....Nadir Khan

Ahmad Bhai....Jayant Kripalani

Other parts played by Ayeesha Menon, Rohit Malkani, Kenneth Desai and Jaimini Pathak.

Directed by John Dryden.

Part of the India and Pakistan 07 season.

20070806

By Ayeesha Menon, from the novel by Vikas Swarup.

6/10. 1,000,000 Rupees

With two years of his salary strapped to his belt, Thomas boards a train back to Mumbai, only to be woken up in the middle of the night by bandits. The experience helps him answer a vital question.

Thomas....Anand Tiwari

Prem Kumar....Sohrab Ardeshir

Meenakshi....Ratnabali Bhattacharjee

Akshay....Trikash Karkera

Dacoit....Rajit Kapur

Other parts played by Jayant Kripalani, Devika Shahani-Punjabi and Pushan Kripalani.

Directed by John Dryden.

Part of the India and Pakistan 07 season.

20070807

By Ayeesha Menon, from the novel by Vikas Swarup.

7/10. 10,000,000 Rupees

Thomas must answer a difficult question about famous Bollywood star Neelima Kumari. Fortunately, he was once her houseboy, witnessing how the tragedies she played out on screen become a part of her real life.

Thomas....Anand Tiwari

Prem Kumar....Sohrab Ardeshir

Young Thomas....Caran Arora

Neelima Kumari....Radhika Mital

Other parts played by Armaan Malik, Rajit Kapur and Nadir Khan.

Directed by John Dryden.

Part of the India and Pakistan '07 season.

20070808

By Ayeesha Menon, from the novel by Vikas Swarup.

8/10. 100,000,000 Rupees

Thomas draws on his experience as an unofficial guide at the Taj Mahal. His friendship with another homeless kid leads to a cruel twist of fate and a horrific discovery.

Thomas....Anand Tiwari

Prem Kumar....Sohrab Ardeshir

Shankar....Rohit Malkani

Swapna Devi....Devika Shahani-Punjabi

Darshan....Jamini Pathak

Other parts played by Pushan Kripalani, Nadir Khan and Rohit Malkani.

Directed by John Dryden.

Part of the India and Pakistan 07 season.

20070809

By Ayeesha Menon, from the novel by Vikas Swarup.

9/10. 100,000,000 Rupees

Thomas is finally stumped by a question. His thoughts lead him back to his first love Nita, a young prostitute he met in Agra. When she is physically abused by one of her clients, Thomas knows what he has to do.

Thomas....Anand Tiwari

Prem Kumar....Sohrab Ardeshir

Nita....Radhika Apte

Neeraj....Jaimini Pathak

Utpal....Kenneth Desai

Other parts played by Rohit Malkani, Pushan Kripalani and Nadir Khan.

Directed by John Dryden.

Part of the India and Pakistan 07 season.

20070810

By Ayeesha Menon, from the novel by Vikas Swarup.

10/10. 1,000,000,000 Rupees

Thomas is one question away from winning the billion-rupee prize, but the producers can't afford the payout and will do anything to stop him. But Thomas has an ulterior motive for being on the show and he will not leave without getting his revenge on the show's host, Prem Kumar.

Thomas....Anand Tiwari

Prem Kumar....Sohrab Ardeshir

TV Producer....Jayant Kripalani

Vikas....Rohit Malkani

Directed by John Dryden.

Part of the India and Pakistan 07 season.