Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire hasn’t opened in SA yet, but you can’t help but notice the remarkable buzz about it over the net. The latest story in the London Times takes note of the influence of the movie on Mumbai’s controversial “slum tourism” industry.

Slum tourism,

which promises fee-paying outsiders a glimpse of life inside the city’s shantytowns, is flourishing. Numbers are up, agents say, as Westerners shun the beaches of Goa and palaces of Rajasthan to experience the reality behind British film Slumdog Millionaire.

“Everybody is talking about Slumdog,” said Ganesh Tikonkar, a guide for Reality Tours, a company that takes about 50 people a day through Dharavi, Asia’s biggest slum. “Now people want to see the real thing.”

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