The news that octuple-Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire is to be one of the 20 major foreign movies imported into China this year brings me back to the subject of how Indians are viewed in China... But secondly, I find myself nervous as to what Slumdog will do for India's reputation in China. Having only been in China for a total of a few months, I hesitate to compare the two countries but I'm not sure what Chinese people will make of the India depicted in Slumdog.
The fear - and I here I can understand why many Indians didn't like the movie's portrayal of their country - is that Slumdog will confirm a few of China's worst prejudices about India and its chaotic ways.
When it comes out next Wednesday, I'll be fascinated to see what China's netizens and, indeed, citizens make of the film...and any advance insights gratefully received.