The protagonists of the film are brothers Jamal and Salim Malik, young Muslim boys from the slums of Mumbai, India. In one of the opening scenes, Jamal and Salim are orphaned when an angry Hindu mob attacks their slum while yelling, "Kill them! They are Muslims!" The Hindu mob kills their mother, thus leaving the poor Muslim youths to fend for themselves. Where have we seen this before? Bollywood, Palliwood -- it's all the same. Of course, no mention of the fact that the "the Mohammedan conquest of India was probably the bloodiest story in history."
Interestingly, this bit of pro-Islam propaganda was not in the original book. Indeed, it appears to have been specially written just for the movie:
The Mumbai Hindu-Muslim riots played no role in the book, as the ethnic heritage of the main character was uncertain. In the book, the character of Jamal is instead named 'Ram Mohammad Thomas'. He was given a Hindu name, Muslim name and Christian name by the village elders in order to maintain the balance between all the religious communities after his mother abandoned him after birth.
Perhaps CAIR was consulted on the movie?
In any case, as the story progresses, Jamal becomes the "good boy" and big brother Salim becomes the "bad boy." Salim joins a gang, starts drinking and abusing women, whereas Jamal keeps to the straight and narrow. Salim even rapes and beats Latika, his little brother's love interest. Jamal finds this unforgivable and two boys go their own ways.
Have no fear, though -- Islam saves the day! Towards the end of the movie, Salim becomes a devout Muslim. Suddenly, Salim finds his moral compass. He sets Latika free, tells her to go find Jamal and kills the gang leader who had been holding Latika prisoner. In the final scene, after having killed the gang leader and having himself been fatally shot, Salim utters his final words, "God is great." ("Allahu Akbar").
Did Slumdog Millionaire deserve Best Picture? Maybe in Riyadh.