The Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire was screened at the Rashtrapati Bhavan auditorium to an esteemed audience including President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari, music maestro A.R Rahman and noted lyricist Gulzar.
Oscar awardee Resul Pookutty and Vikas Swarup, on whose novel Q and A the movie is based, also attended the screening.
According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson, the two-hour-long special screening was exclusively organized for the President and restricted for selected invitees.
Slumdog Millionaire had bagged eight Oscars early this year at the 81st Academy Awards.”The film reminds us about the lives of the people. It is really a thought-provoking movie,” Rahman, who along with Gulzar won the Oscar for Best Original Song Jai Ho in the movie, told reporters after the screening.
The special show of Slumdog Millionaire in Hindi was also attended by Prithviraj Chavan, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja, Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed and CBI director Ashwani Kumar among others.