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Rubina to shift out of slums

entertainment Updated: Jun 18, 2010 13:27 IST
Naomi Canton
Naomi Canton
Hindustan Times
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Slumdog Millionaire star, Rubina Ali, will soon move out of her corrugated iron shack near a railway track in Bandra into a new apartment.

Noshir Dadrawala, spokesman for the Jai Ho Trust, set up by the film’s director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson, to look after the 12-year-old and her young co-star Azharuddin Ismail, confirmed that they had identified a Rs 35 lakh apartment for Rubina and her father Raufiq Querishi in Bandra. “They should move in by mid-July. We have yet to sign the documents but the deal is almost clinched and Raufiq likes the place,” says Dadrawala.

Azharuddin Ismail moved into a 250 square foot studio apartment in Vile Parle with his mother a year ago. It cost the Jai Ho Trust Rs 25 lakh. But Rubina’s father refused to move out of Bandra.

Dadrawala says that the Jai Ho Trust will continue to provide for the educational and welfare needs of both the children, regardless of how much money they make from their films and autobiographies.

Money matters
“They get a monthly sum now and will get a large sum when they turn 18. The apartments that are presently in the trust’s name will be transferred to them when they turn 18 too. This is something both Christian and Danny wanted for them and they are committed to it.”

The money in the children’s trust fund came from the Rs 56 crore production budget of Slumdog Millionaire. Boyle is presently in Mumbai, confirmed Anurag Kashyap, who admitted that his script for Bombay Velvet with Boyle is “locked”. Dadrawala is not aware of the director’s visit: “He has not arranged to meet me. Perhaps it is a whirlwind tour.”

Boyle’s other films
Apart from Bombay Velvet, Danny Boyle is likely to be invited to direct Vikas Swarup’s next novel adaptation, Six Suspects. Boyle has also acquired the film rights to Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta. British scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy, who wrote Slumdog Millionaire, has been commissioned to adapt it.