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'Slumdog' youth gets home

June 11, 2009|Associated Press

MUMBAI, INDIA — The makers of the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire" have bought a new home for one of the two child stars discovered in Mumbai's slums.

Both children lost their homes last month when authorities demolished parts of their slum here.

The purchase of a 250-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment for the family of Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 10, was completed Monday, said Nirja Mattoo, who helps oversee the Jai Ho trust set up by the filmmakers to help Azharuddin and his 9-year-old costar, Rubina Ali.

"They can move in," Mattoo said Wednesday.

Ownership of the tiny apartment, which cost about $50,000, will be transferred from the trust to Azharuddin when he turns 18, provided he completes school, Mattoo said.

Mattoo said the trust is actively looking for a new home for Rubina. The government also has said it will give the children apartments.

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