They were wasted wrecks who opted to choose drugs not life and become Edinburgh anti-heroes.
Trainspotting's sleazy characters – led by Renton and Begbie – introduced cinema audiences to the bleak underbelly of Edinburgh's 80s drugs scene, where all that mattered was getting the next fix.
The book and the film shot controversial writer Irvine Welsh to global fame and landed him with an "enfant terrible" reputation for shocking his audience with expletives and graphic descriptions of drug abuse, vicious crime and seedy sex.
But now the Edinburgh writer has revealed a much softer side and given his support to a low-budget film and music project which involves some of India's most desperate "slumdog" children.
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