Slumdog,a work of art with an Indian heart: Basu

'Slumdog Millionaire' does not focus on the poverty in Mumbai alone or ‘talks down’ to anyone but is brilliantly crafted story with an "Indian soul",according to one of the producers.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published:January 18, 2009 12:04 pm

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ does not focus on the poverty in Mumbai alone or ‘talks down’ to anyone but is brilliantly crafted story with an “Indian soul”,according to one of the producers of the Golden Globe winner which has drawn some flak for the depiction of the slum life.

“There is no need to be over-sensitive and see the film from the perspective that it projects poverty. It’s heart and soul is Indian and is not talking you down,” Anita Basu,Director of Synergy Adlabs,said.

“The film does not highlight poverty in Mumbai all along. It does show the other side as well. The story which is brilliantly crafted moves you,” Basu,whose company also produced the game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC),told PTI.

Basu said Celador,which owns the format of KBC,is also one of the producers of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. The backend for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ where the gameshow plays an integral part,was provided by Synergy Adlabs’s technical and production team.

Anil Kapoor,who plays the gameshow host in the film,rehearsed with popular gameshow host Siddharth Basu before the film was shot.

“Siddharth trained him in line delivery,dramatic pauses and accent. Anil diligently prepared for his role as a TV host. We shot for ten days in Karjat (ND studios),” she said.

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