Slumdog star set to quit shantytown
Published 14/01/2010 | 09:04
Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali, who played a poverty-stricken child in the Oscar-winning film, is set to move into a new luxury home.
The real-life daughter of India's shantytowns now has a small fortune in book and film deals.
The 10-year-old's agent said she is already committed to projects worth more than 145,000 US dollars (£89,000) and her family could soon move out of the slums and into a new apartment paid for by a trust set up by the film's director, Danny Boyle.
Rubina and her Slumdog co-star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 11, both landed roles in the independent film Lord Owen's Lady, a romantic comedy by Dragons Productions (Wales) Ltd, said chairman Martin Pennell.
Mr Pennell said the children will each be paid £1,000 per day, for about 20 days of shooting on location in Dubai and Wales. He said talks are continuing with actor Anthony Hopkins to play the father of Lord Owen, a reckless heir who falls in love with a beautiful Indian woman.
The children shot to fame after starring in Slumdog, the rags-to-riches blockbuster that won eight Oscars. Rubina played the young Latika, who grows up to become the hero's love interest, and Azhar plays his brother, Salim.
Rubina also received £20,000 as an advance for her autobiography, published in June, and stands to get at least £50,000 more in royalties by April, said Philippe Robinet, publisher at France's Oh! Editions, which first released the book.
Random House released an English version of the 198-page book, which is being translated into 14 languages, as Slumgirl Dreaming.