Slum dwellers of Dharavi pray for success ”Slumdog Millionaire”

February 22nd, 2009 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Slumdog Millionaire

Mumbai, Feb 22 (ANI): Residents of Dharavi deemed to be the biggest slum in Asia prayed for the success of movie ”Slumdog Millionaire” at the Oscars awards ceremony in the USA.
They have become addicts of the newspapers for updates about the Oscar awards.
Most of them have related the movie to their lives and they feel that the movie should definitely get an Oscar award.
Almost all the residents like Venkateswaran Laxmanan residing in Dharavi felt happy over the fact that the movie has been nominated for the Oscars, and hoped that it comes out with flying colours.
“I really liked this film and especially the roles of Azhar and Rubina. It is about the kids who live in our area and have acted in it. Initially, we felt bad that Dharavi was being portrayed in a negative way, but then we felt happy that they have tried to promote the name of this area,” said Laxmanan.
In contrast to Laxmanan’’s views, the global success of the film has met with mixed reactions.
Some slum dwellers have found it offensive since it depicts the lives of impoverished Indians and the treatment of the cast.
Its director, Danny Boyle, has faced accusations from some parts of the Indian media that his film was ”poverty porn”.
Dozens of residents of Dharavi where ”Slumdog Millionaire” was partly shot have staged protests hurling insults and hitting pictures of its cast and crew with slippers. (ANI)

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