Changing Slumdog Millionaire’s Title?

Slum residents of Mumbai are protesting over the title of Danny Boyle’s award winning film, Slumdog Millionaire. Erika Kinetz’s of  the Associated Press wrote:

“Nicholas Almeida, a social activist who organized the protest, said he planned to file a lawsuit on Friday to get the name changed.”

Photo from the Associated Press

Photo from the Associated Press

In the picture, we see a man holding up a sign that says “I AM NOT A SLUMDOG, I AM THE FUTURE OF INDIA”  and a young boy holding a dog in his arms. They don’t seem too happy about the film, do they?

My understanding is that this movie was based on the Boeke Prize winning novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup. And although it was “westernized”, it still gave us a taste of what Bollywood must be like. In my first Movie Martes post, I mentioned that the adventures of the characters can easily be any “slumdog” or street kid’s story. Protesting the title seems petty.  Slumdog is just a word. What is important is the film’s message. Sure it sucks to be referred to as a “slumdog”, but that should be enough to motivate me to rise above my situation and make something good out of my life.

4 thoughts on “Changing Slumdog Millionaire’s Title?

  1. well, they are called much worse names on the street. Anyways the movie doesnt really offend them.

    They should be happy that atleast their woes are being brought out in the limelight

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