What’s wrong with slumdog?

January 28, 2009

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 yesterday. 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’.