Amitabh Bachchan Slams 'Slumdog Millionaire'


Mumbai, Jan 14: Actor Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday said that Slumdog Millionaire received international recognition since it was "authored by an Indian and cinematically put together by a Westerner".

"It's just that the SM idea authored by an Indian and conceived and cinematically put together by a Westerner, gets creative Globe recognition. The other would perhaps not," Bachchan wrote on his blog.

Big B, who is currently in France, wrote that fellow bloggers have complained that the film projects India as "Third World dirty underbelly developing nation".

He said if 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.

Big B wrote about his encounter with migrants and asylum seekers from nearby or distant countries begging at the Paris-Nord station.

"Conditions the world over are so similar. Perceptions differ, but the reality of life and existence, unchanged. Comments for the film, Slumdog Millionaire and the anger by some on its contents, prompt me to say the above," Bachchan wrote.

Bachchan recalled that the "commercial escapist world of Indian cinema" has vociferously battled for years, on the attention paid and adulation given to legendary Satyajit Ray at all prestigious film festivals of the West and not a word of appreciation for the entertaining mass-oriented box office blockbusters that were being churned out from Mumbai.


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  • Clara, Sharjah

    Fri, Jan 23 2009

    I truly agree on his views. Why should only INDIA be picked to show its slums???? There are many countries (mostly developed countries) other than INDIA which have even worser slums. And besides, even if INDIA is called a "third world dirty underbelly developing nation" , no one should forget that the maximum number of tourist attractions and heritage sites can only be found in INDIA. Even if INDIA has many slums, it also has much more beautiful places.

    We should never forget that before the british came to INDIA, the indians were one of the richest people in the world and if they hadn't stolen India's riches, we would be in the situation in which the britishers are.....and perhaps a movie would have been made on the slums of Britain (no offence to anyone whatsoever) showing young boys facing difficult situations like Jamal Malek.....

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