Nair: I would not refer them as dogs
“Slumdog Millionaire is like Salaam Bombay on speed, said filmmaker Mira Nair, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 41st International Film Festival of India.
“I’ve worked with street kids, I know where they come from, and I wouldn’t refer to them as dogs even in casual parlance,” she said.
Describing the changes she witnessed since her film was made in 1988, the US-based filmmaker said, “Unlike before, today there are a lot of organizations working for the welfare of street kids.”
Salaam Bombay may have been nominated for the Oscars in the best foreign film category, but Nair described the Academy Awards as an American marketing gimmick, which had evolved into a broader success over the years.