'Slumdog' Kid Star to Move into New Home Next Week

By: ERIKA KINETZ
By: ERIKA KINETZ

MUMBAI, India (AP) - One of the impoverished child stars from
"Slumdog Millionaire" will move from his shanty home in one of
Mumbai's more wretched slums into a new apartment next week, his
mother said Sunday.

"On Friday we got the keys," said Shameem Ismail, the mother
of child star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, who played the young
Salim in the Oscar-winning hit.

The family started moving in over the weekend, bringing pots and
pans, a television set, and their birdcage. They plan to fully
relocate by Tuesday, she said.

Both Azhar and his co-star Rubina Ali lost their homes in May
after civic authorities demolished parts of the slum where they
lived.

Within days of the demolition, Azhar's family rebuilt their home
- a shanty of corrugated metal, wood, and blankets, meager
protection against the pounding monsoon rains sweeping across
Mumbai.

But the filmmakers bought Azhar a 250-square foot (23
square-meter) one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of a
building in the Santa Cruz neighborhood of Mumbai, not far from
where he now lives and attends school.

The $50,000 apartment will be transferred to Azhar's name when
he turns 18, provided he finishes school, said Nirja Mattoo, who
helps oversee the Jai Ho trust set up by "Slumdog Millionaire"
director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson. The fund is
meant to secure an education, housing and a living allowance for
the two children.

Mattoo said Sunday that the trust is still looking for an
apartment for Rubina, who has lived with relatives in the slum
since the demolition.

"Slumdog Millionaire" has grossed over $350 million worldwide.
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Additional reporting by Manish Mehta in Mumbai.


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