Slamming the critics of Oscar nominated Slumdog Millionaire, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has said that the poverty highlighted in the movie is a “reality” and wondered why people in India tend to become cynical when something good is happening.
“Isn’t that (poverty and slums) a reality ? If you (critics) have a problem with the word slumdog, why don’t you look positively and see that there is a word millionaire or ‘crorepati’ also,” Khan, who returned from Los Angeles on Tuesday, after a month-long schedule of Karan Johar’s My name is Khan told reporters.
Critics felt that the movie sells India’s poverty to West and some others had raised objections to the word ‘slumdog’ on grounds that people living in Indian slums were being referred to as ‘dogs’.
“I have just returned from the US and people there have become crazy about the film and its music. The film’s sound is also good apart from a good story and screenplay. The film deserves all awards,” Khan, who has read the original book as well as the script, said.
The actor said that he does not regret declining Anil Kapoor’s role in the film. “I can’t regret something which I could not have done. I don’t think I would have done justice to the role of a game show host like Anil Kapoor,” he said at the launch of his company’s foray into television content on Tuesday night with Ghar Ki Baat hai on NDTV Imagine.
SRK said that during the period which Danny Boyle shot the film, he was already hosting Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) and later Kya Aap Panchvi Pass Se Tez Hai. “I am still on contract for a new season of these shows,” Khan said.
SRK said Oscars and Golden Globe awards are a symbol of international recognition. “I love awards and I hope to feature in a film comprising Indian cast and crew some day which will go to win these awards,” he said adding “the success of Slumdog Millionaire worldwide is an incentive to all Indian filmmakers.”
Earlier Slum dwellers in Patna city held protests against Oscar-nominated film Slumdog Millionaire, demanding the makers of the film to remove the word dog from the title. The protesters said their sensibilities had been offended by the title, which they said was abusive of people who live in slums. The city has witnessed protests ever since the film was released in India last Friday.
A group of slum dwellers protested against the showing of the film in the city, while some protesters tore down posters and banners of the film.