Oscar-nominated movie SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is set to be investigated by police in India, after authorities received a complaint claiming the film incited hatred against people living in slums. The Golden Globe award-winning film, about a boy who grows up in poverty and goes on to win a gameshow, has attracted a growing amount of criticism in the country in which it is based due to its controversial name.
Campaigners claim the use of the word 'dog' is insulting to people who live in slums similar to those portrayed in the movie.
Social activist Nicholas Almeida's complaint stated the Danny Boyle-directed movie was "defamatory" and "completely against society", and accused the film of "creating hatred among poor slum dwellers in the minds of the established and capitalist people."
And now police are to probe deeper into the matter.
Mumbai magistrates have issued notices to Boyle, the movie's producer Christian Colson, and distributors Warner Bros. informing them of the investigation, which will try to establish whether the film "hurts the sentiments of slum-dwellers".
It comes as hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in the east of the country in fury over the film's name.
Posters for the movie have been torn down in the state of Bihar, and campaigners are threatening to burn effigies of Boyle.
And Tateshwar Vishwakarma, who is leading the protests outside cinemas, has also filed a complaint against the movie, which will be heard in a Patna, Bihar court on 5 February (09).
Those offended have said they will not stop their demonstrations until the film's title is changed.
Meanwhile, armed guards have been deployed to protect cinema-goers.
Vishwakarma says, "Referring to people living in slums as dogs is a violation of human rights. We will burn Danny Boyle effigies in 56 slums here."