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‘Slumdog’ children in millionaire world

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The two child stars from the hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire” are on their way to Los Angeles to attend the Oscars ceremony. The two children, Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, actually live in the Mumbai slums where the movie was filmed. Their trip to Hollywood is an example of life imitating art. The movie tells the story of how a teenager from one of the poorest parts of India becomes a millionaire. Little Rubina and Azharuddin will now do the same, for a weekend at least. They will swap the poverty of their daily lives for the riches and glamour of the movie world’s biggest night. It could turn out to be a rags-to-riches tale for the young stars. They are already getting many enquiries from India’s film studios about acting in Bollywood movies.

“Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle said he was very excited for the two young stars. He said it was fantastic that the pair would rub shoulders with the stars on the famous red carpet. Boyle has already promised to fund all of the children’s education. Nine-year-old Rubina said she couldn’t wait to arrive in L.A. She told the AP news agency: “I’m very happy that I’m going to the Oscars…My friends are saying, ‘your fate is so good’.” She said she wasn’t scared and that she would take lots of photos to show her friends in Mumbai. Meanwhile, there are more rumours of life copying art. The on-screen romance between Jamal, played by 18-year-old Dev Patel, and Latika, played by Freida Pinto, 24, may be happening for real.

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