Rubina Ali and Azharuddin, the child stars of Slumdog Millionaire, will get a house in the next 10 days, promised Danny Boyle, the film’s director, on Tuesday.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had recently demolished the children’s shanties — illegal structures, according to civic authorities.
“We are here to see the children get good, legal accommodation,” said Boyle. “We also want to meet the Jai Ho Trust.”
The trust was set up by Boyle and producer Christian Colson for the welfare of the children. “We have allotted Rs 25 lakh for each of the homes that will be given to the two families within 10 days. Azhar’s home is ready with paperwork pending. Rubina’s will be done soon. Both will be in Bandra and both families will own the houses,” said Nirja Mattoo, a trustee.
But Rubina’s father Rafique Qureshi wasn’t impressed: “They have been talking about houses since the Oscars... I don’t believe anything will happen.”
Boyle, who met the two children, said: “It would be great if things were instant but we have to look into long-term decisions.”