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Danny Boyle to rescue Slumdog Millionaire’s child stars

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is flying to India to rescue the film’s child stars.

According to media reports, the British filmmaker fears the lives of slum kids Azhar Ismail (10) and Rubina Ali (9) are spiralling downwards despite their Oscars success.

A 500,000 pounds trust was set up to provide them schooling and apartments, but a source said: “Their lives do not appear to be any better.”

Recently, both the kids were thrown on the streets after Mumbai civic authorities demolished nearly 50 shanties in a slum, terming them unauthorised.

While child star Azhar lost his home in the BMC demolition drive, his co-star Rubina Ali found herself homeless as Railway authorities razed her shanty.

This is specially ironical as following the film’s success at the Oscars, some government officials had said the child actors could receive low cost houses, a proposal which subsequently died a silent death.

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