Madhur Mittal

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Madhur Mittal
Born (1987-01-20) January 20, 1987 (age 28)
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Nationality British
Ethnicity Indian
Citizenship United Kingdom
Education Bachelors in Advertising
Occupation Actor
Notable work Slum Dog Millionaire, Million dollar Arm
Home town Belfast
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Slumdog Millionaire

Madhur Mittal is a British actor, best known for his performance as Salim Malik in the film Slumdog Millionaire, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2008 and for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Early life and career[edit]

Madhur was born in Indian descent Belfast. Madhur has attended Belfast Metropolitan College and as of February 2011 is 24 years old.[1] Currently he is a theatre student at the Queen's University Belfast.[2]

In 1997, Madhur won Boogie Woogie a popular reality-based dance show on Indian television. Shortly after, his family moved to Mumbai where he joined Abhinav Vidya Mandir at Bhayander East for his schooling and Madhur forayed into acting and dancing on stage in charity shows, cultural events and film-award ceremonies. He traveled the world performing in over 950 stage shows. As a child actor he worked in well known Hindi films like One Two Ka Four, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, and more recently Say Salaam India. He has also acted in several TV shows including Shaka Laka Boom Boom, Kasauti Zindagi Ki, Jalwa, Chamatkar and Dastak.[3]

Madhur Mittal's role in Slumdog Millionaire has helped him to gain worldwide attention. To prepare himself for the role of Salim in Slumdog Millionaire after being cast he hung out with some of the ‘gangsters’ in Mira Road “to get into their heads". Director Danny Boyle gave him a series of the Godfather to watch as that had a crazy brother in it. Also, he had an accident which led him getting 12 stitches which helped with the rough look, he said. He had to grow his hair long, increase his skin tan and lose weight to act as Salim.[2]

Though Mittal gave a powerful performance in Slumdog Millionaire as Salim, he has kept away from the spotlight firmly on the lead couple of the film. When asked about his absence from the studio-generated hype, and he shrugs: “The studio wanted to promote it as a love story.”[4]

In 2008 he was nominated for the Black Reel Awards of 2008 for Best Ensemble and in 2009, along with the entire cast of Slumdog Millionaire he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards. He was also set to be present for the 66th Golden Globe Awards[5] and the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards.[4]

Mittal plays Anwar Razdan in the second series of Kidnap and Ransom which aired on ITV1 from 23 February 2012.[6]

Most recently, he starred in the Disney film Million Dollar Arm as Dinesh Patel. [7]

Awards and honours[edit]




Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye Hindi
2001 One 2 Ka 4 Hindi
2007 Say Salaam India Shakeel Hindi
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Salim English Slumdog Crorepati in Hindi and Naanum Kodeswaran in Tamil
2014 Million Dollar Arm Dinesh Patel English


Year Series Role Other notes
1992 Chamatkar
1996 Dastak
1997 Boogie Woogie himself winner of Boogie Woogie
2001 Kasauti Zindagi Ki
2002 Shaka Laka Boom Boom Tito
2012 Kidnap and Ransom Series 2 Anwar Razdan
2012 Treasure Island Dick Johnson


  1. ^ "Slumdog gang in Hollywood". The Telegraph Calcutta, India. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  2. ^ a b Madhur didnt look like himself in the movieSlumdog Millionaire playing as Salim. For more info go to Actor gets offers from Hollywood and Bollywood, Hindustan Times 13 January 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Madhur Mittal on Slumdog Millionaire and more - Part 1". NEWS". 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  4. ^ a b Little big winners, India Today 20 February 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  5. ^ Template:Cite .In the movie ''Slumdog Millionaire'' Madhur in the casting as Salim he didnt look like himself. For more news go to news
  6. ^ "Kidnap and Ransom". TV Pixie. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Madhur Mittal in Exclusive Q&A for Million Dollar Arm at London Indian Film Festival!". 
  8. ^ "15th Annual SAG Awards, Recipients Announced!". 2009-01-25. Retrieved 2009-02-25. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Cadillac, Slumdog & Bees are Triple Threats Black Reel Awards". Daily Express. 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 

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