'Slumdog Millionaire' child star leaves slums behind

Azharuddin Muhammad Ismail and his mother moved into their new home, leaving behind a corrugated metal slum shanty.

July 8, 2009 13:07


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Slumdog Millionaire child star Azharuddin Muhammad Ismail and his mother moved into their new home Tuesday, leaving behind a corrugated metal slum shanty for four solid walls, doors that lock and an indoor toilet. "I was shocked when I saw this house," Ismail, 11, said, before turning on one of his favorite Hindi songs and dancing around the living room. "I want to thank Danny Boyle for giving us this flat." Boyle, the director of the Oscar-winning hit, and producer Christian Colson will transfer the $50,000 one-bedroom apartment to Ismail's name when he turns 18, provided he finishes school. Officials from the trust - set up by the filmmakers to secure an education, housing and a living allowance for Ismail and his co-star Rubina Ali, nine - are actively searching for a new home for Ali as well.

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