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Festival favourite may be Oscar contender

Film news Slumdog Millionaire will close the Dubai International Film Festival.

DUBAI // The film Slumdog Millionaire will open at the Dubai International Film Festival today, fresh from its success as a nominee in four categories in Hollywood's Golden Globe Awards. The Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, 49, was at the festival to promote the film, which critics claim is a contender for an Oscar nomination. "We are very happy with where we are right now and we are not thinking about the Oscars yet.

"We are just enjoying the unexpected success of the film," said Kapoor. The film, directed by Danny Boyle, has received several nominations at film festivals. The movie follows a teenager from the slums of Mumbai who has a winning run on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The success of the boy begins to make people suspicious and they think he might be cheating. Kapoor plays the host of the show.

"Danny was telling me a while back that the film almost became a DVD release before it was suddenly chosen by film festivals and admired by critics around the world. The success is slowly sinking in now," said Kapoor. The Middle East gala premiere of the film will be held at the Madinat Jumeirah today. "It just feels very good to be here and watch the film," Kapoor said. The actor's daughter, Sonam, was at the festival earlier this week to promote her film Delhi-6.

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