'Slumdog' success will bridge cinema's East-West gap: Irrfan Khan

Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who stars as a police inspector in "Slumdog Millionaire", is overwhelmed by the film's success at the Oscars and says it will bridge the gap between cinema in the East and the West.

"It feels good, it's fantastic. Audiences across Europe, America, everywhere have appreciated the movie. The film will lead to further collaborations between India and world cinema. Jai Ho," Irrfan told a news channel here.

Irrfan's co-star Anil Kapoor, who plays a game show host in the film, said: "It feels phenomenal. It feels great. We love Mumbai and we love India."

The rags-to-riches story of a Mumbai slum boy, directed by British filmmaker Danny Boyle, baggged eight trophies at the 81st Academy Awards here Sunday.

The lead actors of the movie are debutant actors Dev Patel and Freida Pinto.

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