Swarup Hopes for an Oscar Invite for 'Slumdog Millionaire'

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Swarup Hopes for an Oscar Invite for 'Slumdog Millionaire'

Vikas Swarup is a happy man now that the film adaptation of his debut novel 'Q and A' has turned into a international success and hopes to get an invite to the Oscars if 'Slumdog Millionaire' gets nominated.

Directed by Danny Boyle the film adaptation has been a winner at all award functions that lead up to the Oscars and is already being billed as the big winner in Oscars this year.

The diplomat turned writer, whose debut novel 'Q and A' had received rave reviews and has already been translated into 36 languages, now hopes to get an invite to the mother of all award ceremonies, the Academy award gala.

"If Slumdog Millionaire gets nominated and if they invite me, I will attend the Academies, certainly," Vikas Swarup told PTI in an e-mail interview.

The much touted movie has set a precedent for films based in the Indian milieu, with it's realistic look at the underbelly of Mumbai through the eyes of a young slum-dweller of Dharavi.

The author also revealed that he was approached by 'half the directors' in Bollywood for a Hindi film adaptation but it finally went to Boyle.

"I was approached by half the directors in Bollywood for the Hindi film adaptation, but Film 4 had optioned the global rights a year before the book even came out. They then decided to approach Danny Boyle to direct the film. Danny liked the screenplay and agreed to take on the project," says Swarup.

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