Slumdog child stars get new homes

The two Slumdog child actors are given homes

The two child stars of the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire are to be given new homes following the destruction of their shanty homes by Mumbai city authorities earlier this month.

British director Danny Boyle yesterday promised that Rubina Ali, nine, and 10-year-old Azharuddin Ismail the two youngest stars of Slumdog Millionaire, and their families, would be provided with accommodation paid for by the Jai Ho Trust, which was set up to guarantee their living costs and education until adulthood.

Boyle and Christian Colson, producer of the Oscar-winning movie, met with the young actors and their families after photographs were published of the two children standing amid the rubble of their destroyed homes.

The filmmakers have faced repeated criticism that they have been too slow to offer help to the child stars who helped make Slumdog a global success.

Rubina’s father, stormed out of the meeting, telling reporters, ‘It’s no big deal for them, this kind of money. After the Oscars they forgot about us. For two months we didn’t get any money.’

Boyle said that Ismail had already been bought a new flat, while one would be purchased soon for Rubina at a combined cost of around £60,000.

‘We’ve been trying for a long time to move them into legal accommodation,’ Boyle said.

‘They were given access to a world, an extraordinary and glamorous world, and they understandably want their lives to be completely transformed,’ he said.

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