Slumdog Director Planning Second Film About Mumbai

June 3, 2009 By:
Slumdog Director Planning Second Film About Mumbai

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is reportedly planning on returning to India for another film. He’s acquired the rights to develop a film based on Suketu Mehta’s book of essays called Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.

Boyle purchased the rights for the book last month for an undisclosed sum, according to The Wall Street Journal. Boyle used Maximum City as a resource while he was making Slumdog.

Boyle told Seattle Weekly, “Maximum City became my Bible, really. I took [the book] with me everywhere. I felt part of the time we were adapting that.”

Maximum City features multiple narratives that Mehta compiled by following some of Mumbai’s policemen, crime lords, dancers and religious figures. In it, the New York-based journalist contrasts the larger story he pulled together in India against experiences in his newfound U.S. home.

As for the stars of Boyle’s Slumdog, he desperately wants the media to stop disrupting their lives, especially Azharuddin Ismail, 10, and Rubina Ali, 9.

Boyle told The Daily Telegraph, "They are really wonderful kids who have been brought up in very difficult circumstances. It has obviously been a very difficult period, but the best possible benefit that this film could ever give them is an education and we are very, very proud that they are making progress and have passed all their exams.”

"Things are looking positive – they will be in their houses soon. I certainly hope this is the last time I have to speak to the media about Azhar and Rubina in this context."