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Keith Vaz tables a motion on Slumdog Millionaire children

Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz on Thursday tabled a motion in the House of Commons concerning Slumdog Millionaire actor Rubina Ali to address the recent controversy over her alleged illegal adoption deal.

world Updated: Apr 23, 2009 20:04 IST

Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz on Thursday tabled a motion in the House of Commons concerning Slumdog Millionaire actor Rubina Ali to address the recent controversy over her alleged illegal adoption deal.

The motion expressed concern over the child poverty in Mumbai and commended the makers of the film for providing a fund of $7,28,650 (500,000 pounds) to tackle the issue.

It also called on the British government to work with the Indian authorities to ensure that the local community benefits from the film's success.

Vaz has also invited the child actors to a tea party at the House of Commons in June to meet their fans in UK. "That this House notes the serious problem of child poverty in Mumbai; congratulates Celador Films and Film4, the makers of Slumdog Millionaire, for their commitment to provide a 500,000 funding package to tackle child poverty notes with grave concern over recent media coverage regarding the child actors in the film, in particular Rubina Ali...," the motion said.

"We welcome the efforts of the Indian authorities to investigate these allegations; encourages other filmmakers to provide sufficient support for the communities in which they produce films," it added.