‘Slumdog Millionaire’ in Hindi will be ‘Crorepati’

January 9th, 2009 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Jan 9 (IANS) Danny Boyle’s internationally applauded “Slumdog Millionaire” will have an odd-sounding title for its Hindi dubbed version - “Slumdog Crorepati”.The intended Hindi title “Slumdog Millionaire: Kaun Banega Crorepati” was shortened, thanks to copyright issues by the producers of the international game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”.

“It was a decision taken by the producers Fox Searchlight and we had nothing to do with the title of the Hindi version being altered. There was a problem with the branding,” Loveleen Tandon, film’s casting director, told IANS.

Otherwise everything connected with the international game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” including the sets and music were copyright-purchased for “Slumdog Millionaire”.

“The first thing that Celadore Films, who produced ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, did was to acquire the rights for ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ since it’s such an integral part of the film,” said Tandon.

Speaking on the dubbing, Tandon, who has supervised the Hindi version, said: “All the actors from the original English including Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Ankur Vikal dubbed the film. We got a boy from Chembur Pradeep Motwani to dub for the male lead Dev Patel. I didn’t want any exaggerated dubbing. I wanted a young unspoilt voice.”

Based on Vikas Sawrup’s novel “Q&A”, the film is a heart-warming story of an 18 year-old slum boy who goes on to win a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” game show.

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