Even as Slumdog Millionaire finally opened in theatres across Delhi on Friday, the movie received mixed reactions from viewers. While some felt the film deserved due credit, others felt miffed at the clichéd depiction of India through the eyes of a foreigner.
“After watching the movie, I feel the film deserves all the recognition it has got. I love the portrayal of the victorious underdog,” said Raunaq Bohidar, a corporate lawyer. His friend, Sapna Khanna, an interior designer, however, was not of the same opinion. “The movie is overrated. It shows every cliché a westerner has of India, from the abject poverty to corrupt police officer. The West cannot appreciate our country beyond that,” she said.
Joseph George, a business analyst, found the script too unbelievable.
“How can a slumdog speak flawless English by being a tour guide in Agra, and also use the language while talking to friends?” he asked. “In the book, he learns English while working for an Australian diplomat. It is more plausible. The movie lacks the flavour of Q&A,” Joseph said.
Leher Mehta, a housewife, found the film realistic. “The depiction of Dharavi is genuine. I find it ridiculous that someone filed a lawsuit saying that slum dwellers are disrespected and called names. The movie only reflects what the reality is,” she said, referring to Slum Dwellers’ Joint Action Committee general secretary, Tapesh Vishwakarma’s lawsuit against actor Anil Kapoor and composer AR Rahman.