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Slumdog money will help child stars, says Boyle

entertainment Updated: Mar 03, 2009 00:20 IST
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The Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has said the money earned from Slumdog Millionaire was being channelled back to Mumbai to help the slum children.

His comments come shortly after child actor Azharuddin Ismail’s father demanded more money from the director, the Daily Mail reported.

“They have received some money, which has disappeared, so we have put in place an educational plan. They will receive further payments when they have finished their education and we have also given them money to be re housed,” said the director. Boyle and the producers had come under sharp criticism after some reports said that the child actors were still living in the slums despite film being a smash hit internationally.

The producers denied such allegations by arranging a Los Angeles trip for the children to attend the Oscar ceremony. They have also promised to buy houses to the child actors.

Boyle feels that extra money will jeopardise the security of Azharuddin Ismail and Rubina Ali, the young Salim and Latika in the movie.