After having bagged a Golden Globe for “Best Original Soundtrack” in “Slumdog Millionaire,” Indian Music composer A.R. Rahman, is being considered a highly probable candidate for receiving the world’s most prestigious entertainment award, an Oscar. Well, there’s something more that some not-so-happy fellow countrymen think the humble musician should get and they have expressed it by filing a defamation case against him.

Yes, you have read it right. The country’s slum dweller’s association has filed a defamation suit against Rahman alleging the movie’s title (precisely the word Slumdog) has hurt the sentiments of thousands and thousands of slum dwellers of India.

The surprising element in this whole case is that Rahman is just the music director of the film, he doesn’t have to do anything with the title or the screenplay or anything, other than music, of the movie.

While Rahman, who has composed the music of over 100 Indian films to his credit, hasn’t come out and commented on the suit yet, Bollywood’s who’s who have slated their views.

 While according to Amitabh Bachchan, a big name in Indian film industry, “Slumdog Millionaire” wrongly projects “India as [a] Third World dirty under belly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots,” King of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan slams critics on poverty jibe.  

“Isn’t that a reality ? If you have a problem with the word slumdog, why don’t you look positively and see that there is a word millionaire or ‘crorepati’ also,” says Khan, who declined the role of the game show host in SM.

SM’s writer Simon Beaufoy is equally perplexed by the negative publicity the film has garnered.

“It’s strange. I depicted the place as I found it, really………. It’s a brutal city and an extreme city and a very warm and generous city. I wanted to show the dignity and humanity of the people. I don’t think audiences go away from that film thinking, ‘Oh my God, what a Third World city. I don’t want to go there.’ I think they say, ‘What a joyful city. I want to go there and visit,’” he told The Daily Telegraph in an interview.

Slumdog Millionaire is based on the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize nominated novel “Q and A” by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. Set and filmed in slums of India’s financial capital, Mumbai, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of an orphan who by luck gets a chance to appear on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati, in the Hindi) and makes it to the final question, arousing suspicion among the law enforcement officials. What happens in flashbacks is the story of the film.

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