Author Heads Home for Movie Premiere

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - The diplomat-novelist whose
work was the basis of the award-winning film "Slumdog
Millionaire" is heading home for the Indian premier of the movie.

The film, about a young boy from the slums of Mumbai who wins a
fortune in a television game show, walked away with the Golden
Globe best picture award and best director for Briton Danny Boyle
earlier this week.

Vikas Swarup, whose novel "Q&A" the movie is based on, said in
an interview Friday that Indians feel "a sense of ownership"
about the movie. Swarup was leaving South Africa on Saturday to
attend the Mumbai premiere on Jan. 22, the same day the Academy
Award nominations will be announced.

The soft-spoken Swarup is deputy high commissioner at the Indian
Embassy in South Africa.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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