Slumdwellers Sue Slumdog Millionaire Cast for Calling Them Names

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The Times of India reports:

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor and music director A R Rahman have been sued in a Patna court for allegedly calling slum dwellers names in their award-winning movie, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

One Tapeshwar Vishwakarma, general secretary of Slum Dwellers’ Joint Action Committee, on Tuesday filed a complaint case in the court of chief judicial magistrate Raghavendra Kumar Singh, charging the duo with defaming slum dwellers by calling them “slumdogs” and Indians “dogs” in the movie. They, thus, violated the slum dwellers’ rights to live a dignified life, the complaint said.

Though the court has fixed February 5 as the next date of hearing, it has not taken cognizance in the case and, instead, asked the complainant to produce evidence in support of his allegations.

Vishwakarma on Wednesday told TOI he has also approached the National Human Rights’ Commission for action against the two film personalities. He admitted he has not watched the movie. “But I have seen the movie’s promos on TV,” he said, adding he has named only Kapoor and Rahman because they are “better- known Indians associated with the movie.”

Vishwakarma really should watch the movie before making his case.