Danny Boyle, the British director of the award-winning film
, wants to return to Mumbai to make another film.
"I'd love to do a thriller there next - the energy is extraordinary," he told the London paper.
"They call it Maximum City which is absolutely accurate: the problems they have there, the joys, the wonders, are absolutely maximum. It's a passionate, romantic city, and it loves a love story."
"And despite all that has happened there recently it is a city moving towards happiness. You have these incredible extremes but it feels like there's a destiny that binds it all together."
Boyle, whose film has just opened in cinemas across Britain to wide critical acclaim, told the London eveninger he was keeping his "feet on the ground" as far as Oscar expectations went.
"The town basically votes for its own in the end, you have to accept that and keep your feet on the ground. The value of it, of course, is just getting in the room; the platform it gives to a small film like this is remarkable.
"What I can tell you is it is better to be liked than disliked. I only ever thought we'd be at the back of the room waving, so it's nice to be at the front."
Boyle's 1996 film Trainspotting won an Oscar nomination for the best adapted screenplay but he said, "We should have know we weren't going to win, though. We were sat right at the back."
The British filmmaker said he had been thinking of filming writer Irvine Welsh's sequel to Trainspotting called Porno.
"We want to do it when the actors look more middle-aged. The problem is they don't age quickly as the rest of us - it's that Dorian Gray thing," he added.
Asked what he would do if he won a million pounds, Boyle told the newspaper he would give it to "this guy called Raj who was first assistant director on the film (Slumdog Millionaire) and works for Street Scools - schools in Mumbai that are on the streets."
"You'd have to do something like that wouldn't you."