Slumdog Millionaire

'Slumdog Millionaire' Child Stars Are Still Living in Destitution Despite Box Office Success

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by Nick Romano September 25, 2012 09:29 AM
Fox Searchlight
'Slumdog Millionaire' was the main movie attraction of 2008, and it has eight Oscars, including the one for Best Picture, to prove it. Compared to the grand scheme of movie budgets, the film started off with generally low funding (estimated $15 million) and has since raked in more than $141 million world wide at the box office.
Aside from this success, 'Slumdog's' story of a Mumbai teen growing up in the slums to win the grand prize on 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' was made all the more special for including castmembers Azhar Ismail and Rubina Ali -- both of who portrayed the lead characters' younger selves in the film and both of who were living in the real-life Mumbai slums. On the surface, it seemed like everything was finally going well for these kids once filming ended, but when the two flew back home after sharing in the Oscar celebrations, their lives were just as destitute as before.