Questioning Race & Slumdog Millionaire

I was perusing Hollywood.com when I saw this thought-provoking forum topic:

If Slumdog Millionaire starred regular white people, would the movie have been just as popular?

You can read the forum responses here.

My answer is no. India and the Western gaze is the main reason why this film is appealing to audiences (whether they realize it or not) and that’s one of the main reasons I cannot stand Slumdog Millionaire.

But maybe I’m completely off-base. Maybe I’ve just taken one too many film classes and my entire perception of film has been thrown off. What is your opinion?

Let me know in the comments.

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