In Slumdog Millionaire, how did Jamal managed to get into the game show?

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Jamal used to supply tea in a call center.

A person working in this call center says that the telephone lines to answer the question that the host just asked are opened when he reaches a particular word in his dialogue.

Jamal follows this tip and manages to make a call and then answer the question correctly. He got selected and made an entry in the game.

  • So it was partially luck, right? Unless (as with removing fastest finger first) they altered the rules for getting in to early callers.
    – Almo
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 16:19
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    @Almo Arguably 'yes', though the movie has a strong motif of predestination, so in once sense 'no'. Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 17:22

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