Court [uts off hearing against “Slumdog Millionaire”February 5th, 2009 - 7:48 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, Feb 5 (IANS) A court here Thursday deferred hearing in a defamation case against the Indian cast of Oscar-nominated film “Slumdog Millionare” for allegedly “abusing slum dwellers”. The court slated the next hearing for Feb 18.In his petition, Tapeshwar Vishwakarma, the general secretary of the Jhuggi Jhonpdi Sanyukta Sangharsh Samiti (a group promoting the rights of slum dwellers), has accused music director A.R. Rahman, actor Anil Kapoor and other Indians associated with the film of “offending the sensibilities of slum dwellers with the abusive title of the movie”.
No charge, however, was filed against the film’s director Danny Boyle, who is a British citizen.
“The court of the chief judicial magistrate did not hear the petition and fixed next date of hearing for Feb 18,” Shruti Singh, lawyer for the petitioner, told IANS here.
“The name of the film is against basic human values,” she said.
A copy of the petition has been sent to the National Human Rights Commission, the State Human Rights Commission and the Film Censor Board of the central government.
Meanwhile, a group of slum dwellers protested against the showing of the film at Ashok cinema hall here and tore down posters and banners of the film. They demanded that the filmmaker remove the word “dog” from the title.