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Should the kids of Slumdog get more?

Submitted by on March 5, 2009 – 12:05 pm10 Comments

Slumdog Millionaire star Azharuddin Ismail back in school

The children from the biggest hit movie this year, Slumdog Millionaire, had to return to their harsh reality recently.

Many are hailing these children as the true stars of the movie, yet they were forced back to the slums of India.

After attending the Oscars and a going on a trip to Disney World, Azharuddin Ismail and Rubina Ali are having a difficult time getting readjusted.

The physical and psychological shock they are going through has taken a toll – Ismail has fallen seriously ill with a fever of 103 since his return, and Ali is still parading around in her Oscar dress because it makes her feel like a “princess”.

She was also quoted saying:

“I don’t want to sleep on the floor anymore. I want a proper bed and live where the air does not smell of poo. I have seen what it is like in America. Here, there is garbage everywhere, people get angry, swear and shout. I have realized how bad life is here. I just want to get out”.

All smiles in Disney World

The director of the movie, Danny Boyle, said the children were paid above local Indian wages to act in the film, and that they were attending school for the first time, thanks to a fund set up to cover basic living expenses.

Ismail’s father, who is living in poverty with tuberculosis, said he was promised a new house which has still not happened.

He argued that the trust fund the kids can access at the age of 18 doesn’t make sense – they need the money now to escape their horrible living conditions.

Do you think these kids are getting enough compensation, considering the movie made about $100 million?

Source: Huffington Post

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  • briannaaa says:

    aw this is very sad. those children have the rite to have their money now. it shudd go to their parents and help their family out now rather than wait till theyre 18. even if they dont move to america the money wudd help for better living conditions and doctor bills,,things lik that. im sure the director wuddnt want his children growing up in a society lik that. well why wudd those kids and their parents?? they wuddnt. i noe i sure wuddnt.

  • I think danny boyle took advantage of the situations. India’s economy is fubar’d your either ballin or poor. There are a lot of working poor their. So considering the situation above india local wages doesn’t cut it. Hell I could do above india wages. The house and the trust fund thing is messed up to. Even if they waited he’d probably be piece out by the time they’re 18.

    Basically it’s like giving a bumb a sandwich then get paid off bumfights, later on take him to macy’s and then magicmountain for publicity sake. And 3 days later drop him off back at the box after you promised him a house and stock. For the love of god these are people not animals you use for circus acts.

    On the other hand they should get agents and take advantage of their new found stardom. Because bollywood ain’t no joke and they can still get paid.

  • joanne says:

    I believe that they should be getting royalties from movie as well as they should of been paid a great stipend. There are laws for child actors and the actors guild should step in here. After All this film walked away with 8 Oscars. Come On Stars and Directors help these children out , make the Producer take care of these kids. I have a daughter who did background stuff and she got paid.

    The kids are what made that film……………..and Jamal as a child my gosh…and a teen.

    If he doesn’t make it right, than we should all boycot the movie……….and buy no more of his films

  • Veronica says:

    wow. this makes me sad. hopefully enough negative publicity toward Boyle will get them their money. When I was in Iraq I met a lot of Indian nationals that worked on the Us military bases and I learned about how low Indian wages are, so for him to make the statement that he pays more then “local wages” is a joke. All he did was give these poor kids a taste of what they don’t have. They did a job, they should be paid.

  • Dave P. says:

    I didn’t seen the movie itself, but word of mouth is, the movie made a lot of profit from box office, bagged some Oscars, and some, and all of a sudden, i’ll hear this: this is plain exploitation from people from high places.

  • Chloe says:

    Let me start off by saying that that movie was well written and directed…I loved it. As for did the children recieve what they should have, I think yes. Simply because that is a business. New Edition signed a horrible contract at first where they got on a luxurious tour bus in the projects and got dropped off also on the projects with 1,000 in their pockets. If the children was able enough to hire people to look over things such as movie contracts, they probaly wouldn’t be doing so bad. I’m assuming that the contract did not say they would be resuced from the slums of India. I don’t think so. I would also feel bad if I was sleeping in King sized beds with plush pillows and the next day I was sleeping on a dirty floor. The conditions are very much worse in India where the movie was taped than you could imagine in America. I will keep them in my prayers and hope that they will get the big break they are looking for.

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  • latiera123 says:

    oooooommmmmmmmmmmggggggggggggggg i love this movie they have the rite to their money money to get a way from the living they are going threw tears,.,.,.,.,.,

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