Slumdog makers in charity mix-up

Celador Films issues statement to say there is no connection between brutal orphanage depicted in hit film and the Hope Foundation

The brutal 'Hope Orphanage' depicted in Slumdog Millionaire has nothing to do with the Hope Foundation, the company that made the Oscar-nominated film has made clear.

BCelador Films issued a joint statement with the international charity, which works with Indian street children, saying there was no connection.

The film shows a minibus with 'Hope Orphanage' painted on its side in the foundation's colours. It takes street children to a compound where they are abused, mutilated and forced to work as beggars or prostitutes.

A spokeswoman for the Hope Foundation said it had received more than 100 calls from supporters who were confused about its work apparently being depicted in such a negative way.

A spokeswoman for Celador said the firm's lawyers had cleared the use of the name before the film was released. "We had no intention of connecting the orphanage with the foundation," she said. "We had never even heard of the foundation."

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