Indians have protested against the award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire because it shows the real face of India. The film has shown the conditions under which most Indians live (in grinding poverty and filth). Several hundred people attacked a cinema house in Patna, protesting at the title of the film. About 40 Mumbai slum dwellers, organized by a social activist, held up banners reading “Poverty for Sale” and “I am not a dog” outside the home of Anil Kapoor, one of the film’s stars. Film star Amitabh Bachan also accused the film makers of portraying India as a “third-world, dirty, underbelly developing nation”.
I don’t know why he was offended. Four out of ten Indians go to bed hungry every night. The scenes that we see in Indian movies and tele-plays which show men and women always enjoying life do not depict the real India. The real India is in the slums, where the streets are filled with shit and the air stinks of urine. It’s time for Indian leaders to concentrate on improving the living standards of the starving population of India and not to spend on projects like sending rockets to the moon.