One of the child stars of Slumdog Millionare, Azharruddin Mohammed, will finally get a new home with his family, after authorities recently ripped down their makeshift shanty. Read more and see photos and video here.
To Americans it seemed unbelievable that anyone could endure the gripping poverty depicted in the movie Slumdog Millionare—but is it real? Authorities in Mumbai even claimed the living conditions shown in the movie were exaggerated.
Even more baffling is how the child stars of a movie that has grossed hundreds of millions of dollars, and eight Oscars would be stuck in substandard hell holes, but they were. Well at least one of them, Azharuddin Mohammed (pictured above on left), will now be moving with his family into a new, 250 sq ft apartment next week. The other child star, Rubina Ali (above center), is expected to also move out of the slums.
The two families are being taken care of by The Jai Ho Trust, which was set up by the producers of Slumdog Millionare. There are also provisions set up by Danny Boyle and another producer to help the two children obtain an education. Critics feel that the help took far too long considering the windfall profits the movie has raked in.
His former home was a thrown together shelter, made of sheet metal, wood scraps, and blankets. In May, Civic authorities destroyed many of the shanty homes in the area that Azharuddin Mohammed lived in to prepare for the monsoon season. Government officials claim they didn’t own the land, and reportedly didn’t even warn them before the demolition.
The family just recently rebuilt, but had to suffer through pounding rain for weeks until they finally got a break. Azharuddin will actually own the apartment once he becomes an adult, which is reportedly worth $50,000. They are still looking for a home for Rubina Ali, whose makeshift home was ripped down by railway authorities.
It’s good to see some of the money making it back into the hands of these children, who were supposedly only paid slightly above the average yearly income for their neighborhood for an entire year of filming.
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Check out some photos and video of Azharuddin Muhammad below.
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