Patel's portrayal of a quiz show contestant who comes by his answers honestly in Slumdog Millionaire (2008) brought him international fame. Making his performance all the more extraordinary was the fact that the picture marked his feature film debut.
Slumdog Millionaire earned Patel a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer and a SAG Award for the film's ensemble cast. He also received a BAFTA nomination and a nod from the London Critics Circle, as well as awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review.
In this affecting true story, 5-year-old Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple after losing his way in the urban jungle of Kolkata. More than two decades later, new mapping technology prompts Saroo to search for his lost family in India.