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Slumdog actor’s family prepares for ‘royalty’

With a roof over her head complete, mother of Slumdog Millionaire actor Azaharuddin feels like royals, reports Alifiya Khan.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2009 00:52 IST
Alifiya Khan
Alifiya Khan
Hindustan Times

After nearly two decades, Shamim Ismail (45) can look forward to a peaceful night’s sleep.

No more stinking garbage dumps, midnight queues at a common tap and stinking common public toilets.

With a roof over her head complete, mother of Slumdog Millionaire actor Azaharuddin feels like royals. “Our family has never owned a proper house. Thanks to our child we now have two homes,” said Shamim.

The family currently sleeps under a sheet of plastic tarpaulin after the municipal corporation razed down their unauthorised shanty in Bandra’s Garib Nagar.

This week, the Jai Ho Trust promised the family a flat in Vile Parle while the MHADA finalised a flat in Malad.

Shamim is busy with preparations for the new house. “One of the houses needs painting work and new tiles. I am arranging for some money and enquiring about the rates,” she said.

She is also trying her luck to see if she could get a better flat by MHADA. “I don’t like house too much. It is very small and messy. But we might not get another house, so we’ll take this,” said Shamim.

First Published: Jun 11, 2009 00:49 IST