Who was offended? Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and slum activists in India. What was their beef? While the world celebrated Slumdog and showered the film with awards, many Indians were outraged at the rags to riches poverty porn. Bachchan, the famous actor featured in the autograph scene, had harsh words for filmmakers on his blog. "If SM projects India as [a] third-world, dirty, underbelly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations." Others were offended by the title of the film. Finding the term dog demeaning, Chitra Divakaruni, the author of The Palace of Illusions, explained to the New York Times how protesters were reacting to the film: One of the more outraged complaints has been that the title of the movie is derogatory to people living in the slums Slum dwellers, organized by activists like Tapeshwar Vishwakarma, have led protests with placards that read: Dont call us dogs and I am not a slumdog. Mr. Vishwakarma claims that referring to people in the slums as dogs has violated their human rights. He even filed a lawsuit demanding that the title of the movie be changed."
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