Rushdie's review slams 'Slumdog'

Atlanta, Feb 23: Famed novelist Salman Rushdie apparently wasn`t too impressed with the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire," telling an Atlanta audience it "piles impossibility on impossibility."

Rushdie, who spent years in hiding after Iran`s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for the author`s death in 1989, made the remarks Sunday during a speech to more than 1,000 people at Atlanta`s Emory University. The author criticized other Oscar winners adapted from books, including "The Reader" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the 61-year-old author of "The Satanic Verses" complained about several scenes, including one in which characters wind up at the Taj Mahal — 1,000 miles from the previous scene.

"Slumdog Millionaire" won eight Oscars on Sunday, including best picture.

Bureau Report