Slum residents in India protest against 'Slumdog's' name
Globally acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire opened in Indian theatres on Friday amidst jubilation and protest.
Slum dwellers in different parts of India continued to protest against Oscar-nominated film 'Slumdog Millionaire', demanding the film's makers remove the word dog from the title.
The protesters said their sensibilities had been offended by the title, which they said was abusive of people who live in slums. The protests continued for the second day, even as Republic Day was being celebrated.
In Mumbai, slum residents organized a protest against Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” claiming that the movie’s title was insulting to them. A group of slum dwellers protested against the showing of the film at Ashok cinema theatre in the Patna capital of eastern state of Bihar. The protesters tore down posters and banners of the film.
One of India's iconic Hindi film heroes, Amitabh Bachchan criticized the film for portraying a poverty-stricken India. Big B, as he is known in India, wrote in his blog that if the movie projects India as Third World, dirty under belly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky under belly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations.
Several dozen Mumbai slum residents protested the award-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" on Thursday, calling the film's title insulting.
The protest came amid mounting excitement in India — where the movie is set and home to many of its actors — ahead of Academy Award nominations later Thursday.
The film, a rags-to-riches romance set in Mumbai's notorious slums, has been tapped a favorite for several Oscar nominations after it swept its four categories at the Golden Globes, including the prize for best drama.
But not all of Mumbai's slum residents were happy.
"I am poor, but don't call me slumdog," said Rekha Dhamji, 18, one of about two dozen slum residents who protested outside the home of one of the movie's actors, Anil Kapoor.
"I don't want to be referred to as a dog," she said.
Other protesters held up banners reading "Poverty For Sale," and "I am not a dog." One of them carried a puppy.
Nicholas Almeida, a social activist who organized the protest, said he planned to file a lawsuit on Friday to get the name changed.
The film, which tells the story of Jamal Malik, a poor youth who becomes the champion of India's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" television program as he searches for his lost love, has also been criticized for focusing on India's poverty.
On Wednesday the cast and director spoke to the media in New Delhi about the film, and the controversy it has sparked.
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