Actress Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng has applauded director Danny Boyle's portrayal of Mumbai in Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Oscars - including those for best director and best picture - at the Academy Awards this week. 'I think it was a fabulous film. [Danny] had a different take on Mumbai. I don't know if you have been to Mumbai, but the harsh reality is there are certain places [there] that are horrible,' said Yeoh, who worked with Boyle in the 2007 science fiction thriller Sunshine, which he directed. 'I don't think it is right for anybody to say that he tried to glorify the poverty in Mumbai. If he did not take an upbeat approach to such a sad situation, I don't think anybody could have sat through a movie that just tugs at their heartstrings the whole time,' she said. 'I am so proud of Danny and I have been e-mailing him and sending him congratulations.' Asked whether Hong Kong or a mainland city could prove as fertile a ground for a film script as Mumbai did for Boyle's movie, the 46-year-old star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon said: 'Filmmakers in Asia, Hong Kong and the mainland should not simply focus their efforts on winning an Oscar because that will become a burden to them. Instead, they should go out there with the intention of making a great movie.' Yeoh (below) was named jury president for the third Asian Film Awards. The jury will screen 36 nominated films and vote for the winners in 13 categories. The awards will be held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 23.