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Another Slumdog child star's home torn down

Associated Press

‘I'm feeling bad. ... I'm thinking about where to sleep,' says 9-year-old Rubina Ali ...Read the full article

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  1. Joe V from Canada writes: Sad story, but what do the slum residents expect? There are more people in Indian cities than there is currently room or work for; those without work or homes need to be compelled to move back into the countryside.
  2. chicken grambo from Canada writes: Let's leave this type of AP 'news' to People Magazine shall we!
  3. Stephanie Wells from Hornby Island, Canada writes: This is more than a fluff piece. Slumdog Millionaire is making buckets of money -- and the child actors are a big reason for its success. They should be paid very well, as we can assume adults are. Globe readers can bear reading about the realities of poverty. Whatever slum dwellers expect, the solution is probably not moving back to the countryside -- even compelled and light on luggage, that's not likely a viable option.
  4. Joe V from Canada writes: "Whatever slum dwellers expect, the solution is probably not moving back to the countryside"

    In that case, the slums will keep on growing. Short of evicting people from the cities, the only solution is for the government to provide jobs and construct homes at a rate greater than slum population growth (caused by migration and excessive reproduction).

    There is no way that that is possible given the current political environment in India.
  5. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: Are no royalties being paid to the actors in this film????
  6. j wilson from vancouver, Canada writes:
    Stephanie, there's no "Jackie Coogan" law in India. If the money in Trust were given to the children now, they wouldnt see much me of it. Thats exactly why Boyle put it in Trust.

    Nonetheless, Im sure he's wondering what thehell to do now.
  7. Greg Brown from Ottawa, Canada writes: It's shocking to think that the actors in an Oscar winning film that grossed 325 million dollars are still living in a slum dwelling. It's not like it would take very much money at all to lift somebody out of poverty in India. The greedy corporate execs need to think about who is providing them their meal ticket and at least throw them a bone.
  8. Cynical in Toronto from Canada writes: This is a serious story. It is unconscionable that hundreds of millions of dolalrs have been made from the movie and yet the child actors are left in the slums. This is the same as child labourers slaving away for no cash. At the very least they should be given comfortable shelter, food, and education, and then gain access to a massive trust fund when they turn 18. This is just appauling.
  9. The Iconoclast from Canada writes: What good is a trust fund if those kids can't survive to the required age. Surely they can give them some money for housing and education in the meantime. This is a disgrace.
  10. The Central Screwtinizer from Ottawawa, Canada writes: ...where the hell is the 'Screen Actors' Guild'...that is an abomination within their exhorbitant 'bling' culture...
  11. m a from Toronto, Canada writes: This IS disgusting and it IS news. I agree with other posters that the filmmakers probably put the money in trust because the parents would have squandered it, but that is obviously not a good solution because the children need the benefit of that money NOW.

    The only solution I see is to hire someone to oversee them and their families. Buy houses that these families could live in rent free, provide for them, make sure the kids go to school. Help the parents with their education and skills too. All this as a condition of living in a nice home where food and shelter would be provided. I am sure it could be done, but it would take more work, more supervision and more involvement than just putting some money in trust.

    However, this film would absolutely NOT have been the success it was without those kids, so I think the filmmakers, who benefited considerably from the success of this film, owe it to them to step up and try to actually help them.
  12. K S from Recipro City, Canada writes: Wasn't there a story not too long ago about the father of one of the child actors attempting to sell her? Not sure if this is the same actor, but from what I have seen in my lifetime any sniff of money really does bring out the worst in people. The fund administrator should take a little money out of that trust to provide a home for Rubina Ali and her family, but leave it at that. It's the only way to ensure she will actually get it.
  13. Glynn W from Canada writes: Guess Indian democracy is working well for what its worth!
  14. Edward Carson from Brampton, Canada writes: If the money isn't kept in trust you can guarantee that the parents will piss it away before the children are of age to get it. This is a non-news story. Houses like these are destroyed and rebuilt in ghettos all over the world. This time it only made the press because of the tenants.
  15. Republic of Saturn from Canada writes:
    Don't know if her parent voted or not in just finished great India election.

    Guess that ballot doesn't count.
  16. J S from Canada writes: Why can't they just buy these kids houses and put the title in their names or something?
  17. J S from Canada writes: I like the idea someone had of buying a house, paying someone to oversee it and letting the family live there. Then they could keep the trust fund intact. They should be thinking about creative solutions.
  18. Crazy Canuck from Canada writes: Welcome to the New World Order...
  19. Gary Bettman from Calgary, United States writes: Where's Brangelina when you need them?
    Instead of adopting 30 kids why don't they buy a shack for these child-slave-actors.
  20. Not so fast! Dude! from Canada writes: Didn't the Indian Government say they would reward them with new houses for "making the country proud"?

    More Indian hot air. Unsurprising.
  21. Eat Me from Canada writes: Sikh/Muslim pogroms; caste and class discriminations; abject poverty like the 3rd World; Maoist/Kashmir separatists; no neigbouring country that can really be called a friend...

    Something is not quite right with this country no matter how rosy a picture the media was trying to paint.
  22. A Smith from Canada writes: Oh darn.
  23. Sooty Harry from Toronto, Canada writes: Where is Richard Gere, the human rights Buddhist.

    Where is Mia Farrow, the human rights debator

    Western democracy is controlled by Hollywood and the media with the international bankers at the helm.

    We, including India, are nothing but pawns in the whole scheme.

    Shouldn't the Dalai lama have something to say about the deplorable human rights problems in the country that he is living in?

    The Pope has the guts to come out and make a stand on the Paletinian homeland issue, why is it that the Dalai Lama fails to act when it is so close to home. Don't tell me that he can't see the poverty and slums when he's in India.
  24. Bruce Reid from Canada writes: I love it - Slums are torn down, leaving slum dwellers homeless, and some obliviots think that it's the slum dwellers fault. Ha!
  25. Hep Cat from Dog Patch, Canada writes: I guess the " caste " in this film takes on a whole new meaning.


    If this happened anywhere where people could actually afford to go and see this film, it would be an outrage.

    But it's India, and we all know India as somehow British in Historical Perspective,Democracy and all, and not subject to the same " evaluation " as such Great Countries as South Africa,for example.

    Does the East Indian " community " in North America have anything to say on this?

    The silence is deafening!
  26. dennis cape from United States writes:

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