Oscar nominated "Slumdog Millionaire", a rags to riches story of a Mumbai slum kid directed by British filmmaker Danny Boyle opened to huge expectations in India on Friday.
Winner of four Golden Globe awards and ten Oscar nominations, "Slumdog Millionaire" has been produced at a budget of seven million pounds.
It has so far collected six million pounds at the UK box office and $ 40 million in USA.
Vijay Singh, CEO of Fox Star studio which has distributed the film in India told PTI that there were 250 paid previews of the film prior to its release.
"There was an overwhelming response, he said.
He said "Slumdog Millionaire" and its dubbed Hindi version "Slumdog Crorepati" starring Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto has been released with 400 prints.
"In smaller towns, the demand for Hindi version has been huge," he said adding that the film has opened to a positive response all over the country.
Kumar Mohan, editor of trade magazine "Complete Cinema" said that "Slumdog Millionaire" was a director's film.
"It is a visual delight and technically very well made," he said adding that the film had good prospects at the box office.
Film critic Taran Adarsh said the film depicts life on the mean streets of Mumbai and saw no reason why the effort should be ridiculed just because it has been made by a westerner.
"It is a love story and is dark and gory at places. But, it offers a ray of hope for those who have been plain unlucky when it comes to materialistic things of life and love," he said.
Shruti, who saw the film this morning felt that the story was an exaggerated depiction of reality in a Mumbai slum.
"The synchronization of the game show and portraying the life of the protagonist and how the story transgresses back and forth is very interesting," she said adding that a Mumbai slum-dweller could relate to the story of the film.
College going students who watched the film at suburban multiplexes felt the child actors were a treat to watch.
"The film is okay. The morning shows were not houseful considering the ten Oscar nominations it has got including that of ace music composer AR Rahman," they said.