‘Slumdog’ author Swarup does 30 media interviews in two days

January 14th, 2009 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 14 (IANS) Indian diplomat and author Vikas Swarup has done at least 30 interviews in just two days in Britain after the runaway success of “Slumdog Millionaire”, the film based on his novel.“This is just crazy. I am completely overwhelmed. I know now exactly what it means to take part in a media circus,” Swarup, Indian Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa, told IANS Wednesday.

Since arriving in London, Swarup has been inundated with calls from around the world, especially after the movie swept four awards at the Golden Globe in the US this week.

The author of “Q and A”, which has been translated into 36 languages, has been interviewed by every major British newspaper, as well television and radio channel, including a large number of regional radio stations.

“It was supposed to have been a fairly easy-paced programme, but since the Golden Globe awards, the phone just hasn’t stopped ringing. I’m getting calls from all over the world with requests for interviews,” said Swarup.

Although flattered by the attention, the diplomat scotched one little rumour that has reportedly been doing the rounds in India.

“I’m not a dollar millionaire! Nowhere near it,” said Swarup.

“People have an exaggerated notion of things and tend to confuse the world of films with that of books,” he said.

“While the book has done well, I’m not exactly in the league of ["Harry Potter" author] J.K. Rowling, you know,” he added.

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