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Bollywood Star: "Slumdog Millionaire" Not An Indian Film

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Bollywood Star: "Slumdog Millionaire" Not An Indian Film

Bollywood superstar and the "Peepli Live" producer Aamir Khan believes his film will benefit from the massive popularity of 2008's "Slumdog Millionaire."

But he does not believe the film -- directed by Brit Danny Boyle --reflects Indian film culture.

"Audiences here in the US see that as an Indian film," Khan tells PopcornBiz. "But Indians don't perceive that as an Indian film because Danny is not Indian.

"While it's about India, I don't think it's an Indian film," he added. "I don't feel the point of view is Indian. It's Danny's point of view,
which is a great point of view."

Khan said he's a big admirer of Boyle and his work. Further, the film has done its part in opening the door to India's film culture in the United States. The film won a stunning eight Oscars and became the feel good story of the 2009 awards season.

"It only helps," says Khan. "As a result of 'Slumdog' people are more interested in Indian films and might want to experience them over here."

But he also pointed out that this has been a gradual shift which he saw with "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" which was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar after its 2001 release. Khan starred and produced in the film depicting a village's quest to lower taxes by winning a cricket match against their local British rulers.

"But I do feel the door is still opening," says Khan.

Khan's latest film, which he produced but opted not to star in, is "Peepli Live" which depicts a peasant who finds the only way out of
his financial crisis is the financial benefits of suicide. It opens Aug. 13.

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