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By Tamara Baluja     Jan 18, 2009 in Entertainment
Veteran Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan faces backlash from Indian filmmakers for slamming the Golden Globe winner 'Slumdog Millionaire' for exposing India's "dirty underbelly".
Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan's has slammed British Danny Boyle's Golden globe winning movie 'Slumdog millionaire' for showing India in a poor light, but now Indian filmmakers are saying that is not true.
The Times of India quotes Bachchan's blog posting as saying "If 'Slumdog Millionaire' projects India as Third World dirty underbelly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations."
"Its just that the 'Slumdog Millionaire' idea authored by an Indian and conceived and cinematically put together by a westerner, gets creative global recognition," he added.
Several Indian filmmakers, from Shekhar Kapur of Elizabeth fame to Kunal Kohli disagreed with the veteran actor's remarks.
"Lets get this right. Slumdog is an Indian film. So what if it the funds came from outside India. The funds for Bandit Queen came from the same source and it is considered an Indian film. The funds for Chandni Chowk to China came from Warner brothers, but it is considered an Indian film. So what if the Director is British, for his take on the film is completely Indian.", wrote Kapur on his blog.
Kohli said audiences judge movies based on how it is made, not who the maker is. In fact, aside from the director and producer, the entire film unit is made up of Indians and the script is based on a book by an Indian diplomat, Vikas Swarup.
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