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article imageMan wants Slumdog Millionaire banned for insulting the poor

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 21, 2009 in Entertainment
A slum dweller in India is suing the music director, actor and other Indians associated with the movie Slumdog Millionaire. He wants the movie banned for offering a wrong portrayal of the slums.
The case was filed by Tapeshawar Vishwakarma, who is also the general secretary of the Jhuggi Jhonpdi Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti, a group promoting the rights of slum dwellers in Mumbai and other areas.
Vishwakarma has filed a case against Golden Globe winner and music director A. R. Rahman, actor Anil Kapoor and other Indian cast members in the movie, Slumdog Millionaire.
Vishwakarma’s lawyer, Ms. Shruti Singh told the Indo Asian News Service:
Vishwakarma requested the court to protect the honor and respect of millions of slum dwellers across India...What hurt him was that even Indians associated with the film [did not object to being called] slumdogs.
Vishwakarma is mainly offended for calling all slum dwellers “slumdogs”. In India it is considered offensive, according to my friend, who has visited the country several times.
While some of the media in India hailed the success of the movie by a British-director and producer others like superstar Amitabh Bacchan slammed the movie for depicting India in a false light.
Actor Anil Kapoor responded to Bacchan’s comments and told Times of India:
I totally disagree with Mr. Bachchan … I have high regard for him as an actor but I don't think any deliberate slight was meant to India.
Anil Kapoor thinks the nationalists in India are mad that the movie was taken by a foreigner. The writer of the movie in fact approached Indian producers at first but when they refused he turned to the British producers.
Another actor, Irfan Khan told Times:
Slumdog is not a documentary. It is a feature film, and one does add elements of drama to film. Why are we in denial? Poverty is very much a part of our lives. We should deal with it.
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