Slumdog Millionaire child actors, Rubina Ali Qureshi and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, have been invited to visit House of Commons by leading NRI labour MP Keith Vaz.
Vaz has invited the child actors to a tea party at the House of Commons in June to meet their fans in the UK.
Concerned over recent reports that Rubina’s father had allegedly tried to sell her for 200,000 pounds, Vaz tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons concerning child star Rubina Ali.
“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,” the motion said.
Nine-year-old Rubina Ali Qureshi and 10-year-old Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, shot to fame after they were plucked from a Mumbai slum to star as young protagonists Latika and Salim in the eight Oscar-winning film.
However, the sudden fame has brought its share of trouble for the two children.
Rubina was recently in news after a British tabloid claimed that her father Rafiq Qureshi had tried to sell his “Oscar-child” to their reporter in a sting operation. Rafiq denied the allegation saying it was a conspiracy to “malign” his reputation.