Slumdwellers Sue Slumdog Millionaire Cast for Calling Them Names


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.

  • Interesting post….when will people stop suing other people! LOL. ;-)

  • Its tragic how thought provoking and realistic movies are the ones that end up being taken to court or their releases barred from some states or delayed for some political reasons.Freedom of speech and expression is just a farce!

  • Boyle has really done a good job with this movie. While the movie deals with the gory details of the underbelly of Mumbai, it doesnt really leave you with a sick feeling. The story feels like a commentary and at the end you just feel good about the whole movie. Very well done I must say.

    The music score by Rehman is amazing, the actors who played junior Jamal and Salim were the real stars. They were simply too good.

    I thought Freida Pinto was overhyped. I think she had just 15 mins of screen presence in the whole movie.