The Slum-Living Slumdog Kids Get Real Houses


This kind of stuff normally only happens to characters in movies, but in this case it’s happening to the people starring in them. The two child stars of Slumdog Millionaire who portrayed the adult leads – Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail – are being rewarded for their on-camera work with new homes. Both kids currently live in slums similar to the ones their characters escape from, but their government leaders are about to change all that.

The head of Mumbai’s housing authority said, “Since the children have made the nation proud, they must be given free houses. The chief minister of the state has approved this. Their families will receive notification in a couple of days.”

Hurray! Free houses! Their new digs may not end up being super fancy, but Ali’s dad is still pumped, telling an Indian paper: “We are happy that we will have a permanent roof over our heads.” The adorable actors also have trust funds for college set up by the film’s director, Danny Boyle.  [Photo: GettyImages]

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