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.”
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.