Rubina Ali, 9-Yr-Old 'Slumdog' Child Star, to Publish Life Story
Ali's book "Slumgirl Dreaming: My Journey to the Stars" will be published in the UK in mid-July by Transworld Publishers.
Transworld Publishers says Rubina Ali's book will tell the story of her life in the shantytown where she grew up.
Danny Boyle cast 9-year-old Rubina in the film about an orphan from Mumbai's slums who wins a quiz show.
In many ways, Ali's life parallels the character she portrayed in the hit film.
Like her on-screen character, Rubina comes from one of the slums of Mumbai, living in the Garib Nagar slum near Bandra station. She continues to live in a makeshift shack in the slums. She lives with her father Rafiq and her stepmother Munni. Rubina's biological mother, Khushi, left her father, along with Rubina and her two siblings, five years ago to marry "some rich person" and never returned until recently. Her father re-married and Rubina was raised by her father and stepmother.
Royalties from sales of the book will be donated to Ali and the French medical aid organization Medecins du Monde.
There is no word on who will assist Ali in writing the book, as a co-author has not been named.
Rubina Ali's next movie project is a role in the upcoming Bollywood film Kal Kisne Dekha scheduled for release in 2009.