Slumdog' filmmakers give Mumbai charity $747,000

MUMBAI, India (AP) -- The makers of the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire" are giving back to the city that served as the backdrop for the story.

They have donated more than $747,000 to a charity devoted to improving the lives of street children in Mumbai. The money will be given to Plan, an international children's charity that has been working in India since 1979.

The aim is to help educate 5,000 slum kids over the next five years.

A statement from director Danny Boyle says it's only right to give something back where it can do some good.

"Slumdog Millionaire," a rags-to-riches tale of a slum kid who makes it big, won eight Oscars and has grossed over $200 million worldwide.

Some have criticized the filmmakers for failing to share the wealth while others have accused them of exploiting two of the movie's child stars, who grew up in wretched conditions. A trust fund has been established for them.

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