Slumdog Millionaire's child stars to miss Oscars due to money
The two children who played the young Latika and Salim in the Blockbuster hit Slumdog Millionaire will not be attending the Oscars next week in Hollywood because their parents have complained about their children being exploited by the film-makers and have now withdrew their permission for the children to go to Los Angeles. They are insisting instead that the air fares be paid to them in cash.
Christian Colson, the film's producer, told The Daily Telegraph how the unanticipated success of Slumdog Millionaire's had shaken his and director Danny Boyle's plans for the children to enjoy a long-term benefit from appearing in the film, and had led to a series of clashes with their parents over money.
Azharuddin Ismail, 8, and Rubin Ali, also 8, were both living in slums close to the railway tracks in Bandra, Mumbai, when they were cast as the young Latika and Salim in the film's dramatic opening scenes. Neither were attending school, and their families were living in grinding poverty because of their fathers' poor health: Azharuddin's father suffers from TB and Rubina's father has not worked since breaking a leg.
The money the children were paid for the movie appears to have already gone, however each child has a trust fund set up in thier name with a hundred thousand pounds each in it, but only they can access that when they turn 18.
The film is nominated for 10 Academy Awards.