'Slumdog Millionaire' trust says it's looking after child star Rubina Ali

A trust established by the makers of Best Picture Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire told EW via a statement today that it was looking after the welfare of the film’s child stars. The statement from the Jai Ho Trust comes in the wake of reports that the father of 9-year-old Slumdog actress Rubina Ali allegedly tried to sell his daughter for more than $300,000 when reporters from Britain’s News of the World newspaper made the offer as part of an undercover sting operation. Ali’s father, Rafiq Qureshi, has denied that he intended to sell his daughter. Indian police are currently investigating the matter.

The Jai Ho Trust (which is in part supported by Slumdog director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson) issued the following statement:

The Jai Ho Trust was established with financial support from the filmmakers of Slumdog Millionaire to support the welfare of child stars of the film. The trust is in regular contact with Rubina Ali and her family and has hired a social worker to assist in looking after her welfare and that of her co-star [Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail].

The Trust will support Rubina, her parents and responsible authorities, to ensure that the rights and best interests of Rubina are protected.

1.) The family will be provided with suitable accommodation;
2.) The family will be provided with a fixed sum of money every month towards their living costs;
3.) Education costs for Rubina, Azharuddin and their siblings will be provided for by the Trust;
4.) A lump sum will be built up for each of the children which will be available to them for tertiary education or business development after they turn 18 years old and at the discretion of the trustees.
5.) A trained social worker will be hired by the Trust to periodically counsel the children and the family.

The Jai Ho Trust requests the media consider the possible negative impacts of the recent media scrutiny on 9-year-old Rubina, and assist in protecting her interests through sensitive reporting to limit further unnecessary exploitation of her rights and interests.

–Additional reporting by Missy Schwartz

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  • Adam
  • StaleCake

    Now THAT’s what you call ethical filmmaking. Nice one Danny Boyle et al!

  • saddened

    I find it disgusting that the none of the millions of dollars made by this film have gone towards pulling some of these people out of the slums. Especially the actors themselves.

  • maryamIreland

    that is just a complete an utter joke that these kids will be protected and taken care of in this part of india! people dont hav time for this ther! the only way that they can be protected is if u take them out from that corrupted place! poor kids make me so bloody angry they used them 4 the movie not a cent will b sent to them nobody believe it or u will be all fools

  • vjnair2

    Both Rubina and Azharuddin were given free apartments by a very generous builder in Trivandrum, Kerala State, India. They were both on stage. It was for all to see in Kairali TV. I watched it along with millions. So if the trust claims that they were the ones who provided accommodation, I have to say that it is not accurate.

  • harry

    Why are these children still living in the slums??
    NGO’s should help her family get out of the slum life,wonder what happened to those promises of providing these children with decent housing and flats, both by the Government and also the Producers of the movie??
    It must have been mentally very disturbing for these children to go back to slum life after exposure to glitz and glamour of hollywood, oscars and so much media attention with no security around surroundings…… They would be able to appreciate education trust fund also in more favorable surroundings…

  • prawal

    I see the wish list of the jai Ho foundation is similar to Indian political party manifesto. Everything is a promise, some statement in future tense. Why nothing has been handed over to the kids so far after reaping millions of dollors from the Box office? Could someone ask the trust about a dateline for meeting these promises? I don’t know if anyone is going to remember this issue after a week with elections and IPL going on. May be poor kids father raked up this issue to bring on the spotlight on the unkept promises?

  • prawal

    I see the wish list of the jai Ho foundation is similar to Indian political party manifesto. Everything is a promise, some statement in future tense. Why nothing has been handed over to the kids so far after reaping millions of dollors from the Box office? Could someone ask the trust about a dateline for meeting these promises? I don’t know if anyone is going to remember this issue after a week with elections and IPL going on. May be poor kids father raked up this issue to bring on the spotlight on the unkept promises?

  • Sharma

    So, what happened to the promise made by Maharashtra’s Chief Minister to provide permanent homes to the child stars of Slumdog Millionaire and their families???? Last time the new minister had take over the charge so if he has already, why has he not madet this his first priority???

  • SLumdog Fan

    There is a really nice Q&A that Variety shot with all the principles from Slumdog. Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Dev Patel and Frida Pinto.
    Check it out

  • SLumdog Fan

    There is a really nice Q&A that Variety shot with all the principles from Slumdog. Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Dev Patel and Frida Pinto.
    Check it out

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