I was thinking about Slumdog Millionaire in terms of it being a “Bollywood” movie. I had obviously heard about Slumdog before our class but had never seen it. Because it was such a successful movie in America, I would probably not have considered it a Bollywood movie before actually viewing it.
There seems to be a large debate on the Internet about whether it should be considered a Bollywood film or not. Some people maintain that it is absolutely not a Bollywood film, because it has a British director and these people considered it a British film that was filmed in India. They say that the film being based in India does not automatically mean that it should be called a Bollywood film.
A lot of other people take the opposite position. They say that because the film was made in India, and has mostly Indian actors and actresses, it should definitely be considered a Bollywood film. These people usually maintain that it doesn’t matter that the director of the film was a British man, what matters is where the film was made and who was in the film.
After researching both points and becoming more informed, I have changed my opinion. Though there are several different things that make a film “Bollywood” or not, I believe that because the film was made in India, had Indian actors and was inspired by Indian culture is enough for it to be considered a Bollywood film.