There are people who live in the very filth that the rest of the world averts its eyes and noses from. Kids who watch other kids being blinded and sent to beg for money. Revolver-wielding teens who only have vague memories of the touch of a mother's hand. Big-shot game-show hosts who jeer at you if you told them you were a chai-wallah and you hoped to win the show.
But Jamal (Dev Patel), a child of this hell-hole that many are forced to call 'life', loves as though love was what he was always fed on. Destiny likes him for sure.