Slumdog Millionaire Criticized by India's Amitabh Bachchan
It is not always easy for the West to tell an Eastern story and cultural sensitivity is a prerequisite if it is to be done properly and accurately. Film Slumdog Millionaire has received ample amounts of good press and bode well at recent award ceremonies yet prominent Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has a bone to pick about how India is depicted in the film.
"If SM (Slumdog Millionaire) projects India as [a] 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," Mr Bachchan wrote in his blog.
"It's just that the SM idea authored by an Indian and conceived and cinematically put together by a Westerner, gets creative [Golden] Globe recognition. The other would perhaps not."
Representing non-Western nations on the Hollywood big screen is not a new challenge; Western biases can be tough to shake. It is easy for stereotypes to be perpetuated and certain ideals to be upheld. In order for a film to truly "cross over", there needs to be strong attention to detail and heavy emphasis on cultural exchange.