Controversy

Residents Protest Slumdog

After stunning audiences and sweeping the Golden Globes, Slumdog Millionaire and its home country celebrated today with 10 Academy Award nominations, including showings for best director, picture, and two of its songs. Residents of Mumbai, however, were protesting this morning, saying the title of the film was insulting. “I am poor, but don't call me slumdog,” said 18-year-old Rekha Dhamji, adding, “I don't want to be referred to as a dog.” Nicholas Almeida, a social activist, is filing a lawsuit Friday to get the film’s name changed. Meanwhile, star Anil Kapoor who grew up in a Mumbai slum, responded to controversy: “The film is going to be a terrific inspiration to kids around India. It's a feel-good film, a film of hope.”