'Slumdog' dad storms out on Danny Boyle
Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson met with the families of the two impoverished child stars who’ve been evicted from their Mumbai homes in recent months. But the father of Rubina Ali, 9, stormed out of the meeting, angrily claiming that the children had been abandoned by the filmmakers. “It has been five to six months,” Rafiq Qureshi told the AP. “Everything is available in Mumbai if you have the money. If you really want to get us a house you can get us a house in two days.”
Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 10, were handpicked from the infamous slums to play the young stars in the Oscar-winning film. “We’ve been trying for a long time to move them into legal accommodations,” Boyle said.
The filmmakers set up a trust aimed at ensuring the children get proper homes and decent education, and they have pledged to spend up to $100,000 to buy the two families new apartments, according to the article.