Bollywood icon once hosted Indian 'Millionaire'

“Slumdog Millionaire” maybe winning laurels from many quarters and inspiring Indians everywhere, but don’t count Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan among the pic’s fans.

In his blog, Bachchan actually slams the Golden Globe winner.

“If ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ projects India as Third World dirty underbelly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations,” he posted.

Bachchan’s flagging career was revived when he was tapped as the first host of the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” But it was his successor, Shah Rukh Khan, who got the global publicity when he intro’ed the pic at the Golden Globes, leading many Indians, even if they don’t like Mumbai slums being on display, to wonder if it was a case of sour grapes.

But at least the Big B, as he is known in India, has no reservations about lauding composer A.R. Rahman for his Globe trophy. “Congratulations. A reward most deserving,” he told NDTV.

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