Anil Kapoor has put the success of Slumdog Millionaire down to a public desire for a break from depressing news stories.

As well as earning multiple Golden Globes and Baftas, Danny Boyle's film has enjoyed a lengthy run in the top ten of both the UK and US box office charts, with a positive word-of-mouth reaction among critics and fans alike.

Speaking after the Mumbai-set drama claimed four BAFTA awards, Bollywood veteran Kapoor explained much of the film's success is due to Simon Beaufoy's "absolutely phenomenal script".

"It's the story of an underdog, a great Love Story - it's like a combination of Rocky meeting Gone With The Wind or Titanic!" he told

"The best part of the love story is that it has a happy ending and that's what the world needs," Kapoor added.

"There's recession and depression and suddenly a film comes along that is very gritty and real but still has a happy ending."

Slumdog Millionaire is nominated for ten Oscars at the upcoming Academy Awards.

16/02/2009 01:01:01