Should the kids of Slumdog get more?
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