'Slumdog' child star to publish book

Transworld Publishers said Rubina Ali's book will tell the story of her life in the shantytown where she grew up.

June 8, 2009 12:01


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One of the child stars of the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire is to publish her life story, her publishers said Friday. Transworld Publishers said Rubina Ali's book will tell the story of her life in the shantytown where she grew up. Danny Boyle cast nine-year-old Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 10, in a movie about an orphan from Mumbai's slums who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The filmmakers set up a trust aimed at ensuring the children get proper homes, a decent education, a monthly stipend and a nest egg when they finish high school, but relations with the children's families have grown tense amid disagreements over money. Madeline Toy at Transworld Publishers said Friday that Slumgirl Dreaming: My Journey to the Stars will be published in Britain in mid-July. She said both Transworld Publishers and Random House Children's Books will publish the book at the same time. Both companies are units of Random House Group Ltd. Toy said all royalties will go to Rubina and Medecins du Monde, a French medical aid organization.

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