SM: set in Mumbai, a mix of the slums and the slumlords' mansionsIn short, they are surprisingly similar, for all their differences. I have to recommend Amal as a great example of Canadian film. And my infatuation with India is only growing.
A: set in New Delhi, a mix of the slums and the rich's mansions (some of whom are involved with slumlords)
SM: follows the story of Jamal Malik, a child of poverty
A: follows the story of Amal Kumar, a lowly auto-rickshaw driver
SM: Jamal might win 10 million rupees*
A: Amal might inherit billions of rupees*
SM: English, with some Hindi and English subtitles
A: English, with some Hindi and English subtitles
SM: central characters include a poor beggar girl named Latika
A: central characters include a poor beggar girl named Priya
SM: brothers turn rivals - who will triumph?
A: family drama may result in death...
SM: will he win the heart of lovely Latika?
A: will the beautiful & feisty Pooja be his?
SM: bittersweet, but hopeful ending
A: bittersweet & ambiguous ending
*I learned from my Indian (and India-knowledgeable) friends that Indians don't actually count in millions. There is some alternative unit that I can't recall and is not a "base 10" type for numbers this large.