Mother of ‘Slumdog’ child celebrates Oscar haul in Mumbai
Attending the Oscars is a huge achievement for a nine-year-old Rubina Ali. However, at 12 am yesterday night, one of the Slumdog stars Rubina Ali (9) called her family from Los Angeles feeling homesick and wanting to come home soon.
Rubina, who has never been away from her family, was craving for some homemade food. Munni (28), Rubina's mother said, "Rubina is missing all of us. She wants to come home soon and eat homemade food. She told us they have been kept in a room with high security. When she called, she was leaving to go shopping for her Oscar outfit."
Not only the families of Slumdog Millionaire child stars Rubina and Mohammed Azharuddin Ismail, but the entire neighbourhod didn't sleep a wink to catch the Oscars live this morning. Though Rubina's sister Sana (13) and brothers Abbas (7) and Irfan (8) were asleep, her brother Babu (10) was awake with the excitement.
The mother of one of the ‘Slumdog’ child actors celebrated on Monday the film's eight Oscars from her home in an Indian shantytown, where relatives and neighbours had gathered to watch the awards ceremony on television.
"I'm so happy that my daughter has won this award and I could see her on stage with such big stars," said Muni Qureshi, mother of 8-year-old Rubina Ali, who played the young slum kid Latika in the film.
Ali, along with other child actors in the film, was flown to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and she appeared on stage after the film's best motion picture award was announced.
The film has generated controversy in India, where some people find its name, and depiction of poverty, insulting.
But Qureshi, who lives with her daughter and the rest of the family in a ramshackle home with no running water in Mumbai's Garib Nagar slum, defended the film.
"I know that this film has been criticised for showcasing poverty. But it has also meant that a girl from the slums of Mumbai who could not even imagine that she would go abroad has reached the Oscars, so how can that be bad?" she said.
The rags-to-riches romance ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ scooped up eight Oscars, the most of any movie this year, including best motion picture.