The success of Oscar-winning film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE has sparked a rush of British movie interest in all things Mumbai, India.
Slumdog director Danny Boyle has reportedly acquired the rights to develop a film on Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found and British film producer Paul Raphael and screenwriter John Hodge are planning to invest $16 million (GBP10.6 million) in a film based on Slumdog Millionaire author Vikas Swarup's second book Six Suspects.
Welcoming the sudden passion for India by world filmmakers, acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed insists producers and directors should try not to focus on the negatives of India.
He says, "Instead of just focusing on poverty and crime, filmmakers should also explore many finer and deeper things India offers. It is the planet’s most multi-dimensional country and boasts a fast growing economy and the largest democracy.
"India has snow-capped mountains, palm-fringed and sun-washed beaches, glorious temples, colourful festivals, a rich philosophy and spirituality, abundant historical sites, wildlife safaris, recharging treks, historic trade routes and cultural wealth.
"Four major world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism - originated there, while Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam have long established history and traditions.