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Priyadarshan trashes 'Slumdog Millionaire'

By Agencies
Mon, Feb 02, 2009 10:15 IST

Priyadarshan Bollywood director Priyadarshan isn't least bit impressed by Danny Boyle's Oscar-nominated film Slumdog Millionaire .

The director of films like Hera Pheri , Bhool Bhulaiyaa and the upcoming Billu Barber thinks 'Slumdog' is just a trashy film that rips off the Bollywood stereotype of estranged brothers and childhood sweethearts.

"Slumdog Millionaire is nothing but a cheap trashy mediocre version of those commercial films about estranged brothers and childhood sweethearts that Salim-Javed used to write so brilliantly in the 1970s. And please quote me clearly on this. If the Golden Globe and Oscar committees have chosen to honour this trashy film it just shows their ignorance of world cinema," Priyadarshan is quoted by IANS.




The director goes on to claim that the movie is mainly being liked by Westerners and not Indians.

"I saw the film with a mixed audience at the Toronto Film Festival. The Westerners loved it. All the Indians hated it. The West loves to see us as a wasteland, filled with horror stories of exploitation and degradation. But is that all there's to our beautiful city of Mumbai?"

With his comments, Priyadarshan has sparked again the debate about 'Slumdog' being poverty porn and selling slum tourism to the west.

The movie, starring Dev Patel , Freida Pinto , Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan , has got 10 Oscar nominations and is expected to win at least half a dozen.



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