Slum Dog Actor Azharuddin Mohammed Finally Gets A New Home

July 8, 2009
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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.

Azharuddin Muhammad

Azharuddin Mohammed New Home

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.

What do you think, is it too little too late? Let us know in the comments section below.

Check out some photos and video of Azharuddin Muhammad below.

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Azharuddin Muhammad Photos

Azharuddin Muhammad New Home Video



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8 Responses to “Slum Dog Actor Azharuddin Mohammed Finally Gets A New Home”

  1. 1
    rhonda Says:

    how come these people have to live in that city why can’t they get a nice place in the states how come it took so long you would think they would have the money to live pretty well off since they worked for it

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    rhonda Says:

    another thing why would you sleep in a kitchen if he made this money they should have a nice house with a back yard

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    Mike Says:

    Absolutely obscene that the film industry would allow this to happen. They need to do quite a bit of soul searching for their cavalier behavior towards the very kids who were instrumental in earning them their enormous profits from this film. It is telling those poor kids that it never happened. Where is the director who presented himself as a sensitive, caring individual at the awards ceremony? You would think that he could step up to the plate and hit a home run for them.

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    Janet McCasland Says:

    I am stunned at the selfishness of the film industry. Millions of dollars made, and all they could come up with was a 250 sq. ft. house. ALL of the children, should get some compensation that would give them a home with electricity, toilet and running water. Even if they spent $500,000 on ALL the kids in the movie, they would not be hurting financially. They should be ashamed. Angelina Jolee does 1000% better for children in need. APPALLING!!!

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    John M. Says:

    Are you serious, this is completely unacceptable, they (the kids) make the producers millions, and this is what was handed to them!

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    charly Says:

    “APPALLING” is not the word! “SHAME” on the film industry people “SHAME.” Each of these kids should be place in comfortable homes big enough for their parents and themselves. They should be receiving a monthly check to cover living expenses, and at the age of 18 receive a nice big check based on a certain percentage of the revenue from the movie. Wow! Talk about sweatshop, just because they are poor and uneducated does not mean they should be taken advantage of. We know better! Makes me sick! One more thing dam it… where are the older ones? The two main stars that perhaps were intelligent enough to get lawyers and get big contracts, why are they not helping their fellow country brothers and sisters? Sick just sick!

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    earlyn williams Says:

    itis amazing to see how these people have made so much money and it took a public out cry to be is sad to know this does not come from the heart it was done to save face. yes the parents should have gotten a lawyer but is easy for us to say who can afford, but life was not designed to relieve the poverty stricken from their hell hole

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    cantCsquat Says:

    Someone bought a house? This is news? You’ve got to be kidding me.